40 Crazy Donuts You Have to Try
Dunkin' Donuts may be thinking of dropping "Donuts" -- from its name, the company said in August -- 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 concoctions. Here are unique and often mouthwatering options from across the country.
Voodoo Doughnut, a Portland-founded shop that has opened stores elsewhere in Oregon as well as Colorado, Texas, and Taiwan, is responsible for some of the most creative doughnuts out there. The Pot Hole, a cream-filled chocolate bar doughnut covered in Oreos with lines of frosting down the center, is a recent addition to the lineup.
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.
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.
Until April, 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, Texas, still sells a "Texas-sized" doughnut for $7, but without the potential money-back offer.
Cereal is becoming a standard doughnut garnish, and Voodoo makes three types of cereal doughnuts. Yeast doughnuts are covered in glaze and topped with Froot Loops, Cap'n Crunch, or Cocoa Puffs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another savory offering from L.A.'s Fonuts, the rosemary olive oil flavor is an unexpected option. In online reviews, some say it's a bit oily, but many others say the olive oil adds moistness and the flavor is a delicious alternative to sweet options.
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.
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 Saturdays only, so call ahead to see if it's available.
The Brown Butter Carrot is TDP's wild upgrade from carrot cake: A doughnut covered in brown butter carrot glaze with sunflower seeds, quinoa, and flaxseed.
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."
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.
In addition to four flavors of rectangular filled doughnuts, Doughnut Plant also makes mini, round filled doughnuts called Doughseeds -- a signature Creme 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.
Blackbird Doughnuts in Boston made headlines recently when Adele raved about its Boston Cream Bismarck doughnut. A more unconventional tribute to the area is the Cran-Grape Jam Bismarck, which starts with buttery brioche and includes homemade jam made from fresh grapes and tart cranberries -- a staple of New England.