Crazy Donuts You Have to Try
Crazy Donuts You Have to Try

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Dunkin' Donuts may have dropped "Donuts" from its name — but doughnuts themselves aren't going anywhere. They're actually proliferating. Even as the cronut's moment has come and gone, in some cities maple bacon doughnuts are practically as common as chocolate glaze, and artisanal bakeries are producing all sorts of new, flavorful, and sometimes strange gourmet doughnut concoctions (foie gras, anyone?). National Doughnut Day (the second one) is on November 5. Here are unique and mouthwatering specialty options from some of the country's best doughnut shops to celebrate the occasion.

Related: Doughnut Taste Test: Dunkin' vs. Krispy Kreme

Sweet Corn and Blueberry Doughnut
Glazed Gourmet

Sweet Corn and Blueberry | Glazed Gourmet

Charleston, South Carolina
Glazed Gourmet offers 12 different doughnut flavors each day. Call or check social media to see if the unique Sweet Corn and Blueberry doughnut is available. This unusual doughnut is a summery mix of sweet corn custard, blueberry glaze, and corn lemon shortbread.

S'mores Doughnuts
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S'mores Doughnuts | Holtman's Donuts

Family-owned and -operated for more than 50 years, Holtman's Donuts in Cincinnati serves two varieties of s'mores doughnut. The first is a regular yeast doughnut dipped in chocolate icing and graham cracker crumbs, topped with a specially ordered square marshmallow, toasted with a butane torch, and finished with chocolate icing. For the second, a marshmallow is tucked into the yeast dough before frying, and the doughnut is topped with chocolate icing and graham cracker.

Guava and Cheese Doughnut

Guava and Cheese | The Salty Donut

The Salty Donut in Miami, Florida — which Thrillist named one of the best doughnut shops in the country — carries both doughnuts and coffee menu items you won't find at Dunkin' Donuts. Guava and cheese doughnuts are available year-round. A 24-hour-raised brioche doughnut is filled with guava and cream cheese, covered in a cream cheese glaze, and topped with Marie biscuit crumble. The Salty Donut also offers an extensive coffee menu, including a Seasonal Japanese Iced Coffee and a cold brew coffee. 

Related: How to Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee and Save

Dirt Doughnut
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Dirt | Voodoo Doughnut

Multiple Locations
Voodoo Doughnut, a Portland-founded shop that has opened stores elsewhere in Oregon as well as Colorado, California, Florida, and Texas, is responsible for some of the most creative doughnuts out there. Dirt, a yeast doughnut covered with vanilla frosting and crumbled Oreos, is one of their signature creations.

Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts
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Dirty Banana | Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts

Foley, Alabama
It's right there in the name: Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts. In addition to doughnut burgers, ice cream doughnuts, and more, Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts offers this "dessert" doughnut, which features a grilled banana with homemade syrup, cream cheese, whipped topping and, of course, a cherry on top. Another thing that sets Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts apart? They serve cocktails — yep, Dunkin' Donuts this is not — including an iced coffee colada with light rum, creme de coconut, and pineapple juice. Indeed, the Sassy Bass folks live up to their "crazy doughnut" reputation, saying: "We believe that you need to experience the wildest donut creations in existence."

Blue Sky Donut
Rebel Donuts

Blue Sky (Breaking Bad)| Rebel Donuts

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rebel Donuts in Albuquerque often decorates its doughnuts in creative and surprisingly thoughtful ways. In a nod to the TV drama "Breaking Bad" (which filmed in the area), the Blue Sky is a vanilla cake doughnut with blue cotton candy icing and rock candy. Rebel also has an extensive coffee menu, including iced coffee and nitro coffee.

The O.G. Doughnut
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The O.G. | Blue Star Donuts

Multiple Locations
Although not as well-known as Voodoo, Portland's Blue Star Donuts wins out in the eyes of some locals. There are eight locations in Portland (and three in L.A.), and the company sports a "quality over quantity" approach. The shop's O.G. doughnut is a yeast doughnut with a horchata glaze. Blue Star also proudly serves hot coffee designed "to pair perfectly" with all of its doughnut flavors.

Breaking Banana Bread
Glazed & Confuzed

Breaking Banana Bread | Glazed & Confuzed

Among the changing array of unusual flavors at Glazed & Confuzed in Denver is a banana bread doughnut — a cake doughnut made with fresh bananas and topped with salted caramel glaze and chocolate chips. 

The Everything Doughnut
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The Everything Doughnut | The Doughnut Project

New York City
The Doughnut Project in Manhattan, also among Thrillist's choice of best doughnut shops, combines an "everything" bagel with a cream-cheese-glazed yeast doughnut. It may seem like an odd marriage of savory and sweet, with salt and garlic in the everything bagel seasoning mix, but some people love this gourmet doughnut.

Psycho Donuts
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Mochosis | Psycho Donuts

Campbell and Santa Clara, California
One of many crazy flavor combinations, which the folks at Psycho Donuts says they have "waaayy too much fun" creating, the Mochosis features coffee icing, chocolate buttercream, and mini chocolate chips. Psycho Donuts is also a coffee shop because, as they say ..."coffee and donuts, duh!" 

Creme Brulee Donut
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Crème Brûlée| Rise

Durham, North Carolina
Rise first opened in the Southpoint area of Durham, but there are now locations sprinkled throughout the area and as far west as Texas. Though the restaurants mostly emphasize their biscuits and chicken, the crème brûlée doughnut is still on the menu at numerous locations (and could possibly resurface at others). Rise also serves cups of hot coffee with their doughnut flavors, courtesy of local roaster Counter Culture. 

Related: 10 Unhealthy Fast Food Breakfasts — and What to Order Instead

Churro Doughnut

Churro | Fonuts

Los Angeles
Fonuts in Los Angeles makes a churro doughnut that could be a little healthier than a traditional doughnut — at least in one respect: Instead of deep-frying, the shop steams or bakes all its creations. The churro doughnut is also vegan and gluten-free. 

Poi Glaze Doughnut

Poi Glaze | Kamehameha Bakery

A staple in Hawaii, poi (which is made from taro root) may be unfamiliar to tourists who haven't tried the subtly flavored ingredient. The Kamehameha Bakery in Honolulu makes a vibrantly purple poi glaze malasada, a Portuguese treat that is similar to a yeast doughnut.

Blueberry Toast Crunch
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Blueberry Toast Crunch | California Donuts

Los Angeles
A standard yeast doughnut, but with a purple-hued blueberry glaze and cinnamon toast crunch cereal poured on top — it's just one of many classic and specialty doughnut varieties at California Donuts

Related: 20 Underrated Fast Food Menu Items

Apple Cider Doughnut
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Apple Cider | Blackbird Doughnuts

Blackbird Doughnuts in Boston made headlines a couple years ago when Adele sang the praises of its Boston Cream Bismarck doughnut. The Bismarck is still on the menu, but it's also possible to try other doughnut flavors, including the Apple Cider doughnut, Cranberry Cocoa, and a Cinnamon Sugar doughnut.

Bone Marrow Chocolate Doughnut

Bone Marrow Chocolate | The Doughnut Project

New York City
The bone marrow chocolate doughnut from TDP is a clever collaboration with local butcher shop Hudson & Charles. A yeast doughnut is filled with a whipped mixture of chocolate cream and bone marrow before getting a clementine glaze and orange-chocolate-shaving garnish. It's made in small batches and available on weekends only, so call ahead to see if it's sold out.

Lemon Ginger Doughnut

Lemon Ginger | Dough

New York City
Brooklyn-based Dough (which now has locations in Manhattan) serves a variety of classic flavors as well as choices that change with the season. A mix of sweet and tangy, the lemon-ginger doughnut has a ginger and lemon glaze with pieces of candied ginger on top. Also, grab a cup of hot coffee with any of Dough's doughnut flavors, courtesy of their partnership with Intelligentsia Coffee, a Chicago-based coffee shop. 

Vincent Van Doughnut
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Lemon Lavender | Vincent Van Doughnut

St. Louis
Operating out of both a brick-and-mortar shop and food truck, this cleverly named doughnut slinger has a ton of gourmet doughnut flavors, including a cookie doughnut made with chocolate chips, and even vegan versions. The Lemon Lavender features fresh-squeezed lemon and Italian lavender oil glaze with lemon zest, lavender buds, and a decorative stripe. The shop has also been known to serve up ice cream doughnuts, but they may not be available on the menu full-time. For fans of classic cars, the shop's food truck is a classic 1960 Grumman Olson van. 

Fresh Strawberry Doughnut

Fresh Peach or Strawberry | Revolution Doughnuts

Revolution Doughnuts has several shops in and around Atlanta. The chain makes a creation called fruit sliders — a sliced round doughnut split in half and filled with fresh peaches or strawberries. Occasionally there are specialty flavors as well, including figs and cream. Revolution also has a full-service coffee and espresso bar, using their own recipes to offer up lattes, cappuccino, iced coffee, and more. 

Berry Best Doughnut
Donut Snob

Berry Best | Donut Snob

Los Angeles
Los Angeles' Donut Snob offers a variety of standard, seasonal, and fresh fruit flavors with a "sophisticated" take on the classic doughnut. The Berry Best is a yeast doughnut with a cinnamon glaze and berry coulis filling. Fresh berries and a mint leaf provide the finishing touch.

Purple Pig Doughnut

Purple Pig | Doughnuttery

New York City
Doughnuttery in New York City makes a variety of sweet and savory mini cake doughnut flavors and dipping sauces. The Purple Pig has purple potatoes, bacon, and maple. Pair it with raspberry balsamic, beer caramel, chocolate, Nutella, or dulce de leche sauce — or maybe just eat it on its own. Either way, any one of those saucy doughnut flavors should be paired with a cup of Doughnuttery's hot coffee. 

PBCP Doughnut
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PBCP | Doughnuttery

New York City
Doughnuttery puts a twist on the peanut butter and jelly doughnut (although it makes PB&J, as well). The bite-size, spicy PBCP loses the jelly and adds cayenne and pretzels to peanut butter for some unexpected heat and crunch.

Voodoo Doll Doughnut
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Voodoo Doll | Voodoo Doughnut

Multiple Locations
This Voodoo Doughnut namesake is shaped like a voodoo doll, complete with eyes and a mouth. The yeast doughnut is filled with raspberry jelly and topped with chocolate frosting. As a finishing touch, a pretzel stake is pushed into its heart.

Round Rock Donuts
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Tex-Ass Challenge | Round Rock Donuts

Round Rock, Texas
Until April 2017, Voodoo made a giant doughnut about the size of six standard pastry combined, and made it free for anyone who ate it in 80 seconds or less. (The doughnut and deal disappeared after a man in Denver died during the challenge.) Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock still sells a "Texas-sized" doughnut for $8, but without the potential money-back offer.

Blueberry Bourbon Basil Doughnut
Blue Star

Blueberry Bourbon Basil | Blue Star Donuts

Multiple Locations
The Blueberry Bourbon Basil doughnut is a favorite of Blue Star customers. The blueberry flavor pops right out, while the basil and bourbon provide nice undertones.

The Beet Salad Doughnut
Glazed Gourmet

The Beet Salad | Glazed Gourmet

Charleston, South Carolina
An unusual name and flavor combination, Glazed Gourmet's Beet Salad doughnut is filled with beet custard, covered in orange goat cheese glaze, and garnished with candied fennel.

Fractured Prune
Fractured Prune

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry | Fractured Prune

Ocean City, Maryland
At this doughnut shop with the memorable name, you can build your own doughnut recipe choosing from a variety of glazes and toppings, but there's also a specialty doughnut menu. This flavor stands out with a vibrant strawberry glaze and chocolate chips on top. In fact, if you're a chocolate chip enthusiast, this is one of many varieties on the specialty doughnut menu that are peppered with them. 

Matcha Sugar Doughnut

Matcha Sugar | Dough

New York City
Dough's matcha doughnut definitely catches the eye with its bright green, a shade that comes courtesy of matcha, a finely ground powder made from a specially grown green tea. This yeast doughnut rolled in a blend of matcha cane sugar and a pinch of salt would pair perfectly with a cuppa.

Fancy Fig Doughnut
Glazed Gourmet

Fancy Fig | Glazed Gourmet

Charleston, South Carolina
The Fancy Fig doughnut from Glazed Gourmet has cream-cheese filling, honey glaze, and balsamic drizzle. As if that's not enough, the bakers fill the hole in the doughnut with homemade, organic fig jam.

Maple Bacon Blueberry Cake Doughnut
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Maple Bacon Blueberry Cake | Holtman's Donuts

Those looking for something decidedly different may want to bite into Holtman's maple bacon blueberry cake doughnut. A combination of two sweet ingredients with a salty, bacon kick, it's not a combination found in most doughnut shops. For something slightly more conventional, the shop has a chocolate maple bacon doughnut, too.


Mojito | Dough

New York City
This is definitely a treat for grown-ups — a cocktail-inspired doughnut from Dough that has a small amount of rum in it. The glaze is made with lime and rum, and the doughnut is topped with mint.

Union Square Donuts
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Vietnamese Coffee | Union Square Donuts

Somerville, Massachusetts
Residents of this town north of Cambridge love Union Square Donuts for its gourmet doughnuts, which includes this version covered in a rich, creamy glaze made from condensed milk and espresso. The shop also serves coffee drinks, including iced coffee, and a selection of teas. 

Chandonut Rosé
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Chandonut Rosé | The Doughnut Project

New York City
For celebratory occasions like baby showers, rehearsal dinners, and bachelorette parties, TDP also offers doughnuts infused with sparkling rosé and garnished with edible rose petals.

Maple Blazer Blunt Doughnut
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Maple Blazer Blunt | Voodoo Doughnut

Multiple Locations
The Maple Blazer Blunt from Voodoo Doughnut is a maple bar doughnut rolled into a cone and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. One end is dipped in maple frosting and covered in red sprinkles to resemble an ember.

Chai Cream Doughnut

Chai Cream | Dough

New York City
A rich, chai pastry filling mixes with a Valrhona chocolate glaze for this tea-inspired Dough doughnut. Toasted almonds provide a surprisingly elegant garnish. This flavor is part of the rotating menu, so order it when it pops up.

Blueberry Earl Grey Doughnut
Donut Snob

Blueberry Earl Grey | Donut Snob

Los Angeles
One of Donut Snob's seasonal flavors, the Blueberry Earl Grey features an Earl Grey glaze, plus an Early Grey-infused drizzle and fresh blueberries.

Marshall Mathers Doughnut

Marshall Mathers | Voodoo Doughnut

Multiple Locations
Also from Voodoo Doughnut, the Marshall Mathers is a plain cake doughnut topped with vanilla frosting and mini M&M's. Don't get it? Marshall Mathers is the given name of rapper Eminem.

Banana Chocolate Donut
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Glam Doll Donuts
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Bombshell | Glam Doll Donuts

The hugely popular Glam Dolls has a massive menu of specialty doughnuts and gourmet doughnuts, but this one is filled with spicy, mouthwatering Mexican chocolate and topped with cayenne pecans. And, like few shops on this list, Glam Dolls serves beer, wine, and cocktails. 

Doughkas Doughnut

Doughkas | Dough

New York City
Dough combines doughnuts and babka at its Flatiron location, using doughnut dough to make a fluffier version of a traditional babka (an Eastern European coffee cake). There are two flavors of "doughkas" available — sticky banana and Mexican chocolate.

Blackout Doughnut
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Brooklyn Blackout | Doughnut Plant

New York City
New York City's Doughnut Plant makes a blackout doughnut to appeal to devoted chocolate lovers. A chocolate cake doughnut is filled with chocolate pudding, then dipped in chocolate glaze and sprinkled with decadent chocolate cake crumbs.

Federal Donuts
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Blood Orange Creamsicle | Federal Donuts

This doughnut shop isn't quite 10 years old, but it already hold near-legendary status in Philly. In addition to the blood orange creamsicle doughnut, there are a handful of other "fancy" gourmet doughnut flavors to choose from, as well as the standards of cookies and cream, cinnamon brown sugar, and strawberry lavender. If you like savory with your sweet, there's also fried chicken on the menu. 

Pumpkin S'mores Doughnut
Glazed Gourmet

Pumpkin S’mores | Glazed Gourmet

Charleston, South Carolina
Not every Glazed Gourmet doughnut is savory. The pumpkin s'mores doughnut is as decadent as you'd expect, with a toasted marshmallow, chocolate ganache, graham crackers, and pumpkin filling. Given the seasonal flavor, this seems like the perfect doughnut to celebrate National Doughnut Day. 

Cereal Doughnuts
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Cereal Doughnut | Voodoo Doughnut

Multiple Locations
Cereal is becoming a standard doughnut garnish, and Voodoo makes a variety of cereal doughnuts. Yeast doughnuts are covered in glaze and topped with Froot Loops, Cap'n Crunch, Golden Grahams, or Cocoa Puffs.

Related: 30 Things You Didn't Know About Your Favorite Childhood Cereals

The Bronx Doughnut
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The Bronx | The Doughnut Project

New York City
The Bronx borough of New York has rich and poor neighborhoods, and its namesake doughnut is simple but sophisticated, with a hint of "beautiful Italian olive oil and bite of black pepper."

Pumpkin Pie Brûlée Doughnut
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Pumpkin Pie Brûlée | Doughnuttery

New York City
Doughnuttery's pumpkin-flavored mini-doughnut is topped with graham crackers, brûléed sugar, and fall spices. Not exactly a pumpkin spice latte, but with graham crackers on board, you could argue it's even better. 

Confuzed Samoa Doughnut

Confused Samoa | Glazed & Confuzed

A signature flavor at Glazed & Confuzed, the Confused Samoa doughnut is a tribute to the Girl Scout cookie. This caramel-glazed doughnut is covered in toasted coconut and drizzled with chocolate.

Doughnut Plant

Doughseeds | Doughnut Plant

In addition to four flavors of rectangular filled doughnuts, Doughnut Plant also makes mini, round filled doughnuts called doughseeds — a signature créme brûlée and flavors that have included rose, with a rose water pudding and dipped in a rose water glaze, topped with an edible rose petal, peanut butter & blackberry jam, strawberry & cream, and wild blueberry & cream.

Blue Dot Donuts
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Red Velvet | Blue Dot Donuts

New Orleans
Founded by a group of NOLA cops who have since sold it to its current owner, Blue Dot cranks out a solid repertoire of gourmet doughnuts on the regular that'll beat the pants off Dunkin' Donuts any day. This flavor features cream cheese frosting, of course, but if red velvet isn't your thing, you can also order from the basic, filled, cake, and buttermilk doughnut menus.