34 Crazy or Unique Doughnuts You Have to Try
Doughnuts are newly trendy -- and not just the traditional varieties. The cronut had its moment, and in some cities maple bacon doughnuts are practically as common as chocolate glaze. Now artisanal bakeries are coming up with all sorts of new, flavorful, and sometimes strange concoctions. Here are 34 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 (with Los Angeles due to get a Voodoo this fall) is responsible for some of the most creative doughnuts in the country. The Pot Hole, a cream-filled chocolate bar doughnut covered in Oreos with a line of white frosting down the center, is a recent addition to the lineup.
Also available at Voodoo Doughnut, the Maple Blazer Blunt is a maple bar doughnut rolled into a cylinder and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. One end gets dipped into maple frosting and covered in red sprinkles to resemble an ember.
Also from Voodoo Doughnut, the Marshall Mathers is a plain cake doughnut topped with vanilla frosting and mini MM's. Don't get it? Marshall Mathers is the real name of rapper Eminem.
Cereal is becoming a standard doughnut garnish, and Voodoo makes three types of cereal doughnuts. Yeast doughnuts are covered in a glaze and topped with Fruit Loops, Captain 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.
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 traditional, the shop has a chocolate maple bacon doughnut, too.
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 color, 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, too.
This is definitely a treat for grown-ups -- a cocktail-inspired doughnut from Dough that actually has a small amount of gin in it. The glaze is made with juniper berries, gin, tonic, and fresh lemon, and the doughnut is topped with a candied lemon slice.
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" currently available -- sticky banana and Mexican chocolate -- but more are on the way.
Another Rise creation, the Eye of the Tiger is a blood-orange, habanero-glazed doughnut filled with chocolate ganache. For those gutsy enough to try this doughnut, it's available at the Raleigh location.
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.
Glazed Gourmet in Charleston, South Carolina, offers 12 different doughnuts each day. Call or check social media to see if the unique sweet corn and blueberry-cream-filled doughnut is available. This unusual doughnut is a summery mix of sweet corn custard, blueberry glaze, and corn lemon shortbread.
The Fancy Fig doughnut from Glazed Gourmet has a cream cheese filling, honey glaze, and balsamic drizzle. As if that's not enough, the bakers fill the doughnut's hole with homemade, organic fig jam.
The bone marrow chocolate doughnut from the Doughnut Project 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 only occasionally, so call ahead to see if it's available.
Rather than choose cake or pie, Chicagoans can celebrate with a giant birthday cake doughnut from Firecakes. Two double-stacked yeast doughnuts are covered in vanilla icing and candy pearls, drizzled with chocolate fudge, and rolled in rainbow sprinkles. For the record, it can be ordered any day of the year.
Doughnuttery in New York City makes a variety of sweet and savory mini cake doughnuts and offers dipping sauces, too. The Purple Pig has purple potatoes, bacon, and maple. Pair it with a raspberry balsamic, beer caramel, chocolate, Nutella, or dulce de leche sauce -- or maybe just eat it on its own.
Doughnuttery puts a twist on the peanut butter and jelly doughnut (although it makes those, as well). The spicy PBCP loses the jelly and adds cayenne and pretzels to peanut butter for some unexpected heat and crunch.
The Kamehameha Bakery in Honolulu makes a vibrantly purple poi glaze malasada, a Portuguese treat that is similar to a yeast doughnut. While a staple in Hawaii, poi (which is made from taro root) may be unfamiliar to tourists who haven't tried the subtly flavored ingredient. A doughnut could be a fun introduction.
Pies 'n' Thighs is a comfort-food haven in Brooklyn, New York. Waffles, sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and a variety of sides fill the lunch and dinner menu. In addition to pies, there are several cake and yeast doughnuts. For the malted cream-filled flavor, a yeast doughnut is covered in chocolate glaze and topped with crushed malt ball pieces.<
A signature flavor at Glazed and Confused, the root beer float doughnut is surely a flashback for anyone missing old-time malt shops. This doughnut has a freshly made root beer glaze and a more traditional vanilla custard filling.
Rebel Donuts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, often decorates its doughnuts in creative and surprisingly meaningful ways. Following the deaths of actor Alan Rickman and Prince, special memorial doughnuts were created to honor them and their work, including Rickman's role as Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" films.
Doughnut Plant recently started making rectangular doughnuts called doughpods fried in olive oil. Flavors include a sesame seed bar doughnut stuffed with avocado or potato as well as a white-and-dark-chocolate doughpod meant to be a riff on New York's classic black-and-white cookie.