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America’s 25 Best Donuts

America’s 25 Best Donuts


From plain glazed to maple bacon, there’s nothing like a perfect doughnut

There are few treats that are more delicious than a freshly fried donut. And from a plain glazed one in Texas that’s an essentially perfect representation of the form to a blueberry cake donut in California that has developed a legion of followers, we’ve tracked down the country’s 25 best.

America's 25 Best Doughnuts

There are few treats that are more delicious than a freshly fried donut. And from a plain glazed one in Texas that’s an essentially perfect representation of the form to a blueberry cake donut in California that has developed a legion of followers, we’ve tracked down the country’s 25 best.

#25 Psycho Donuts, San Jose, Calif: Dead Elvis

The doughnuts at this San Jose oddball are just that: psycho. Nothing is too outrageous for this cult favorite shop, perhaps best exemplified by the Dead Elvis: a custard-filled doughnut, topped with slices of banana, swirls of peanut butter and jelly, and topped off with a slice of bacon. We're not usually huge fans of bacon-topped doughnuts (they tend to be a little gimmicky), but on a doughnut this insane, all the flavors work surprisingly well together. Perhaps The King was on to something!

Find more on Psycho Donuts here.

#24 Dinkel’s Bakery, Chicago: Chocolate Cake Donut

German immigrant Joseph Dinkel opened this Chicago institution in 1922, and it’s remained in the family ever since. It’s changed very little in the past 91 years, and the non-donut baked goods are legendary in their own right. But you haven’t truly experienced Dinkel’s until you’ve tasted its handmade donuts. While the bakery jumped on the maple-bacon bandwagon, you’re best off sticking with the classics: Try the best-selling chocolate cake donut and try to not to weep.

Find more on Dinkel's here.

23) Bob’s Donut and Pastry Shop, San Francisco: Apple Fritter

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Bob’s, a San Francisco landmark, serves world-class donuts 24 hours a day, but the best time to visit is in the late evening, when the donuts are at their freshest. The friendly staff will walk you through their selection of freshly fried rings of gooey deliciousness, but forgo the giant glazed donut in favor of the apple fritter. Big, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and filled with apple and cinnamon, it’s nothing short of crave-worthy.

Find more on Bob's here.

#22 Mighty-O Donuts, Seattle: Lemon Poppy

Vegan and organic might not be two words you associate with world-class donuts, but Mighty-O’s are the best ones out there that meet those criteria. These perfect little rings of dough and sugar are egg-, dairy-, and cholesterol-free, and come in standout flavors including lemon poppy, made with the perfect amount of lemon juice for a bright, tangy zip. You just might never go back to the non-vegan variety

Find more on Mighty-O here.

#21 Ralph’s Donut Shop, Cookeville, Tenn.: Classic Glazed

The simple, old-school classic glazed has been a favorite of Tennessee Tech students and locals alike for more than 50 years. It’s a classic donut shop, complete with a counter and stools, and a throwback to an earlier time. Ralph’s is a little tricky to find, but it’s a true small-town gem and a place where time stands still.

Find more on Ralph's here.

#20 Dottie’s Diner, Woodbury, Conn: Cinnamon Donuts

If you’re looking for a diner with real soul, drop into Dottie’s in Woodbury. A no-frills menu of simple New England diner classics, including a world-class chicken pot pie, is topped off by stunningly delicious, simple donuts. The selection isn’t huge, but it doesn’t need to be: Order the cinnamon-sugar donut. It’ll most likely be still warm from the fryer, not too big, creamy and cakey inside, crunchy and sugary on the outside… this is a donut you won’t soon forget.

Find more on Dottie's Diner here.

#19 The Donut Stop, St. Louis: Cinnamon Glob

St. Louis has no shortage of classic, old-fashioned doughnut shops, but one offering at the legendary Donut Stop, which looks exactly like a donut shop should, sets it apart from the pack: the Cinnamon Glob. It looks exactly how it sounds: a giant, bumpy ball of fried dough, crispy on the outside and dense, buttery, and cinnamon-y on the inside. A true St. Louis culinary gem, and an absolute must-eat.

Find more on The Donut Stop here.

#18 Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle: Feather Boa

Top Pot’s donuts are made by hand, the old-fashioned way, and the care and attention put into every batch really shines through. More than 40 different types of donuts are on offer at this mini-chain, including stellar old-fashioned and cake varieties, but there’s nothing quite like the Feather Boa, a classic cake donut topped with chocolate icing and coconut shavings. Coconut heaven.

Find more on Top Pot here.

#17 Sublime Doughnuts, Atlanta: Fresh Strawberries and Cream

Pastry chef Kamal Grant is a donut genius-at-work in this charming Atlanta donut shop, and his creations are some of the most original in the country. It’s nearly impossible to not walk out of Sublime Doughnuts without four or five of his trademark donuts, in varieties like Oreo ice cream "burger," s’mores, and salted caramel balsamic. But if you see the fresh strawberries and cream variety, go for it: fresh strawberries and strawberry cream cheese between two halves of a glazed donut? Simply unreal, and better than any strawberry cheesecake.

Find more on Sublime Doughnuts here.

#16 Dat Donut, Chicago: Big Dat

This no-frills donut stand in the front of a barbecue shop is as simple as it gets, and that approach makes for some of the best donuts ever created. While the "Big Dat," which is about the size of your head, will keep the tourists taking photos for years to come, it's also truly delicious. It's huge size kicks that pillowy fluffiness you look for in a yeast donut up to stratospheric levels. This is a donut that can double as a pillow.

Find more on Dat Donut here.

#15 Voodoo Doughnut, Portland, Ore.: Portland Cream

One of the most famous donut shops in the country, this tiny, quirky donut stand is never without a line, and customers are rewarded for their patience with some of the most outlandish donut creations in existence. Voodoo Doughnut’s Portland Cream, a luscious take on Boston Cream, has been named the city’s official donut by the mayor. There are a handful of other outposts, but you’ll want your first Portland Cream experience to be at the original.

Find more on Voodoo Doughnut here.

#14 Doughnut Plant, New York City: Crème Brûlée Doughnut

This bakery essentially singlehandedly started the specialty doughnut boom that's gripping the nation, and now has four New York locations. Doughnuts have been a part of owner Mark Isreal’s family for more than 100 years, and in 1994 he opened Doughnut Plant using that same recipe his grandfather used. By building on that classic recipe, he’s made a name for himself and his bakery, and he’s also created a few now-legendary inventions, like the crème brûlée doughnut, which has developed a cult following. The smallish yeast doughnut is topped with a crust of caramelized sugar, and creamy custard waits within. We’ll take this over the real thing any day.

Find more on Doughnut Plant here.

#13 Do-Rite Donuts and Coffee, Chicago: Chocolate Glazed

Do-Rite fries its donuts in batches of only 36 at a time, so freshness is guaranteed. The shop turns out plenty of seasonal offerings, including Meyer lemon in the winter, and uses only high-quality ingredients in all of the dozen or so rotating offerings, which also include gluten-free and vegan options. Made with Valhrona chocolate, the chocolate glazed is about as perfect a chocolate donut as you’re likely to find.

Find more on Do-Rite here.

#12 Gourdough’s, Austin: Funky Monkey

"Big. Fat. Donuts." are the name of the game at Gourdough’s, a vintage airstream trailer (now with a couple brick and mortar locations), where the fried-to-order donuts are about as creative as humanly possible (and delicious, to boot). There’s the "Porkey’s," topped with Canadian bacon, cream cheese, and jalapeño jelly; "The Carney," topped with apple pie filling, cream cheese icing, caramel, and dry-roasted peanuts; and the "Boss Hog," topped with pulled pork, potato salad, and honey barbecue sauce. But one bite of the "Funky Monkey," topped with grilled bananas, cream cheese icing, and brown sugar, is all you need to learn that these gut-bombs aren’t just in it for the gimmick: It’s perfectly balanced, not too sweet, shows a real chef’s hand, and, most of all, it’s delicious. Be careful, though: You can create your own, and this place can quickly become an addiction.

Find more on Gourdough's here.

#11 Britt’s Donuts, Carolina Beach, N.C.: Plain Glazed

Every year from May to September, the crowds flock to Britt’s on the boardwalk for one thing, and one thing only: the plain glazed donut, washed down with a cup of milk or coffee. The setup hasn’t changed since the stand opened in 1939, and neither has the menu, which is just one item long, as long as it needs to be. The closely guarded recipe is nothing short of the Platonic donut ideal: soft, gooey, melt-in-your mouth, and delicious enough that you’ll never forget it, and will be talking about it to everyone who will listen.

Find more on Britt's here.

#10 The Donut Man, Glendora, Calif.: Fresh Strawberry

Offering stellar donuts 24 hours a day, seven days a week for more than 40 years, the Donut Man is a Southern California legend. The Donut Man himself is Bill Nakano, who churns out world-class donuts using only the finest, seasonal ingredients. During the autumn months he uses ingredients like pumpkin, but drop in during the summer and you’ll encounter his fresh strawberry donuts: raised donuts cut in half and stuffed until absolutely brimming with fresh fruit. If you’re a fan of donuts, no visit to the area is complete without a trip to The Donut Man; it’ll be the first place you head when you return.

Find more on The Donut Man here.

#9 Federal Donuts, Philadelphia: Cinnamon Brown Sugar

Chef Michael Solomonov may be best known for his unique spins on traditional Israeli cuisine at his restaurants including Zahav, but he also knows how to make some astonishingly delicious donuts. Sure, Federal Donuts might have risen to fame thanks to its tasty fried chicken, but save room for dessert. Head for the "Hot Fresh" Cinnamon Brown Sugar donut, a fresh cake doughnut that's dredged in cinnamon and brown sugar and still warm when you receive it.

Find more on Federal Donuts here.

#8 Congdon’s Doughnuts, Wells, Maine: Blueberry Jelly

Family-run since it opened in 1945, this roadside diner and donut shop has seen tragedy and fire but is still going strong, turning out home-style breakfasts and lunches as well as more than 30 donut varieties made fresh throughout the day. You’ll never have another donut that’s quite like Congdon's blueberry jelly donut: Filled with fresh-made blueberry jam and topped with a hit of powdered sugar, it’s almost singlehandedly put the town of Wells on the map.

Find more on Congdon's here.

#7 Donut Bar, San Diego: Big Poppa Tart

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This San Diego landmark (which has additional locations at the San Diego Airport and in Las Vegas) serves one of the most infamous (and delicious) dougnuts in America: the Big Poppa Tart. Clocking in at one pound, it's certainly big, but it's what's inside that really sets it apart from every other doughnut out there: a Pop-Tart. To construct this behemoth, the doughnut is stuffed with a whole Pop-Tart (usually strawberry, blueberry, or s'mores-flavored) and jam or chocolate fudge, and it's topped with marshmallow glaze, more jam or fudge, and crushed Pop-Tarts. It's delicious, but more important, it's no novelty: The soft Pop-Tart adds a new dimension to the pastry's texture, and while we suggest you share it, you probably won't want to. It's nothing short of ingenious.

Find more on Donut Bar here.

#6 Danny’s Donuts, Vista, Calif.: Blueberry Cake

Danny’s Donuts has a fiercely devoted fan base, and with good reason: Since 1973, it has been turning out some of Southern California’s finest donuts. The claim to fame, however, is the deceptively simple blueberry cake donut. Similar in flavor to the best blueberry muffin you’ll ever have, fluffy, topped with a sticky, oozing glaze, and loaded with fresh blueberries. Get there early, though: It’s only open until noon during the week and 1 p.m. on the weekends.

Find more on Danny's here.

#5 Stan’s Donuts, Los Angeles: Peanut Butter and Banana

There’s a lot to love about Stan’s, which has been holding down its Westwood Village corner since 1965, and owner Stan Berman still comes in early every morning to make them by hand in dozens of varieties. His most famous creations are the ones with peanut butter (including a Reese’s peanut butter pocket), and his peanut butter and banana donut, topped with chocolate chips, will haunt your dreams. Thankfully, Stan's ships nationwide; we advise taking it up on the offer.

Find more on Stan's here.

#4 Bouchon Bakery, Yountville, Calif.: Jelly Donut With Seasonal Preserves

Every Saturday and Sunday morning, a handful of donuts in several varieties are fried up at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro before it opens for lunch and are served (very quickly) at his next-door bakery. At about $3 each, they’re certainly not cheap, but the rich confections of brioche-like, buttery dough filled with fresh-made, seasonal preserves demonstrate creative ingenuity and an adherence to only fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the end result is something the country’s most renowned chef can be proud to tack his name to.

Find more on Bouchon Bakery here.

#3 Dough, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Lemon Poppy

This little shop, nestled into a cozy corner of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood (now with an additional location in Manhattan), is quietly turning out some spectacular doughnuts. The owners of Dough stick to yeast as opposed to cake donuts, and it’s a recipe that they’ve perfected. The key is freshness, and freshly fried donuts are near-constantly being brought out of the kitchen. The offerings are continuously changing, but never cease to surprise. Passion fruit, hibiscus, Earl Grey, blood orange, chocolate glazed… you might just have to return a few times before your cravings for these donuts will be satisfied. But they most likely never will be. If you see the lemon poppy donut on offer, make sure you buy a couple: big, light, fluffy, and bursting with bright, lemony goodness, one bite of these will put a smile on your face 100 percent of the time.

Find more on Dough here.

#2 Round Rock Donuts, Round Rock, Texas: Plain Glazed

The unique orange-yellow yeast-risen donut that put Round Rock on the map gets is color from the high-quality fresh eggs that go into it. The recipes and ovens used to create these rings of perfection haven’t changed since the 1920s, and they sell for only $0.59 apiece. Forgo the "Texas Size" giant for the classic plain glazed. Simple and delicious.

Find more on Round Rock here.

#1 The Doughnut Vault, Chicago: Buttermilk Old-Fashioned

While not an easy place to score your donuts (the original location is only open until it sells out, and the second is closed on weekends), once you’ve made your precious purchase it’s nearly impossible to not leave The Doughnut Vault a very happy camper, in proud possession of the best doughnuts in America. The menu is gigantic, but narrow down your options to the cake donuts, which are surprisingly light and fresh. From there, your best bet is to keep it simple; a simple, sugary glazed buttermilk old-fashioned should be all you need to change your opinion of cake donuts forever.

Find more on The Doughnut Vault here.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


50 States of Doughnuts

No matter how you spell it, these fried, baked, topped and filled creations from around the country encourage you to start the day on a sweet note.

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Creme Brulee Doughnut at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken: Washington, D.C.

Its square shape is a bit of a departure from the more typical round, which has turned this doughnut into a social media sensation. The Dupont Circle go-to (which also serves a twist on Southern chicken and waffles) fills its most-popular doughnut with vanilla custard pastry cream, tops it with vanilla glaze and torches it for that signature caramel-flavored bruleed finish.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch Doughnut at Union Square Donuts: Massachusetts

Like a mash-up of brown butter brickle ice cream and hazelnut biscotti, the Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch doughnut at Union Square Donuts is crafted using a butter-based brioche dough (which gives it a light and airy, almost pastrylike texture, according to co-owner Josh Danoff). It&rsquos topped with a butter glaze and sprinkled with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and it's a perfect example of the globally inspired doughnuts at the Somerville store.

Churro Doughnut at Pink Box Doughnuts: Nevada

After creating churro-inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo, Pink Box Doughnuts (where pastry chefs bake for a staggering 18 hours each day) decided to offer them the entire year, not only in celebration of Mexico&rsquos independence. Their long, glazed bar has a freshly fried and cinnamon-garnished churro sunk into the middle, and it is topped with a generous amount of creamy dulce de leche.

The Salt Caramel Doughnut at General American Donut Company: Indiana

Housed in an old print shop on the back side of Indianapolis&rsquo Fountain Square district, General American Donut Company is decorated with mid-century modern furniture, industrial finishes, and funky and pop culture accents. Like the candy of the same name, the raised Salt Caramel doughnut is a yeast doughnut frosted with housemade caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. (It&rsquos perfect with the Stumptown Coffee they brew too.)

Bacon Doughnut at Nord’s Bakery: Kentucky

Who can resist a nice crispy piece of bacon? Not many people who walk into this family-owned German-American bakery in Louisville, that&rsquos for sure. The Maple Bacon doughnut at Nord&rsquos Bakery starts with a hand-crafted yeast long john it's topped with homemade maple glaze and a slice of bacon. &ldquoIt&rsquos the perfect balance of sweet and salty,&rdquo says owner Mike Nord. "Breakfast and dessert rolled into one yummy pastry!"

Strawberry Balsamic Doughnut at Acorn: Colorado

The ever-changing eclectic daily flavors at this New American restaurant in Denver include mint-bourbon, five spice and pomegranate no matter the flavor, they are usually history by lunchtime. Taking a cue from a popular summer salad flavor, this sweet, sour and savory doughnut is covered with a strawberry glaze, topped with a doughnut hole and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry-Glazed Doughnut at Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee: Virginia

When Sugar Shack founder Ian Kelley was researching and testing flavors to open his shop, he used whatever happened to be in his fridge at the time, including strawberries. Today the strawberry-glazed variety is made with fresh strawberries over a yeast-raised doughnut. Co-owner Tanya Bartek says it just tastes like summer. &ldquoEvery bite tastes eerily like eating the perfect berry straight from the field.&rdquo

Vanilla Doughnut at Doughnut Vault: Illinois

It may take 36 hours using old-world techniques, but Doughnut Vault&rsquos classic vanilla doughnut is well worth the effort. Batches are lovingly rolled, cut, proofed and fried fresh every night, then topped with a classic vanilla bean glaze that complements the buttery pastry underneath. It looks massive and intimidating, but is light and fluffy, and gone all too quickly.

Ovaltine Cream-Filled Doughnuts at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee: Washington

When Seattle&rsquos Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Coffee first opened its doors in 2002, the owners put Ovaltine lattes on the menu. The popularity made them realize it would be a natural thing to showcase in doughnut form. A yeast-raised bismarck doughnut is piped with a chocolatey, malty Ovaltine-custard filling and topped with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, for a nod to a beverage that was many staff members&rsquo childhood favorite.

Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough: New York

Its strikingly gorgeous hue is the first thing that attracts customers to the Hibiscus Doughnut at Dough, a cult-favorite Brooklyn-based shop. Chef and founder Fanny Gerson hails from Mexico, and one day while developing flavors, she craved hibiscus water. She bought some flowers at a Mexican deli nearby, and as she was drinking the water she pictured a doughnut glaze. The result is heady, exotic, slightly tart and ready for photos.

King Kong at Five Daughters Bakery: Tennessee

It takes three days to make the 100 Layer Donut, in which croissant dough is used to create a light and flaky appearance and texture. Flavors include chocolate with sea salt, a vanilla cream and seasonal fruit flavors. The King Kong is flavored with maple and topped with locally sourced bacon, making for a monster of a pastry good anytime.

Gooey Butter Doughnut at Strange Donuts: Missouri

Gooey butter cake, a flat, firm, dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar and eggs, is a St. Louis specialty. Strange Donuts&rsquo Gooey Butter option captures the coffee cake&rsquos richness, complete with its delicate dusting of powdered sugar. Natives to the city respect the shop&rsquos take on the culinary tradition, while tourists are happy to be able to find a portable version to tote around town.

Fancy Doughnut at District Donuts: Louisiana

&ldquoCreatively glazed and finished with housemade toppings&rdquo touts the menu of New Orleans&rsquo District Donuts when it comes to the Fancy doughnut, an ever-changing creation that might include garnishes like crumbled Oreos, rainbow sprinkles and tasty glazes. Order one with a drip coffee, chocolate milk or nitrogen-cold drip coffee from their line of taps, and while away time in the Big Easy.

Mother Clucker at Gourdough’s: Texas

Irreverently named? Perhaps. Decadent? Absolutely. Inspired by chicken and waffles, the sweet-meets-savory doughnut comes from Gourdough&rsquos, a shop that got its start in a vintage Airstream trailer. A piping-hot doughnut is piled with crispy Southern-spiced fried chicken strips and smothered in warm honey butter. Skip the coffee and wash this one down with a local beer or a cocktail.

Maple-Drizzled Blueberry Pancake Doughnut at Rebel Donut: New Mexico

Funky Albuquerque shop Rebel Donut likes to dabble both in pop culture and in traditional New Mexican ingredients. One example is their ode to a warm stack of flapjacks on a lazy Saturday morning. A blueberry pancake-inspired doughnut is topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It's sticky, sweet and a quicker sugar rush than heating up the griddle.

Big Poppa Tart Doughnut at Donut Bar: California

Unabashedly supersized and decadent, this doughnut (which comes in three varieties: s&rsquomores, blueberry and strawberry) arrives stuffed with a full-sized toaster pastry. Customers are known to line up at the door hours before the shop opens to snag one of the 120 sold daily, and celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Duff Goldman call themselves fans.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Glaze Donuts: New Jersey

Opened in 2014, Glaze Donuts, a small chain of shops around the state, uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings. (And they&rsquove also partnered with Uber for a doughnuts-on-demand National Doughnut Day charity event.) Their yeast-based Maple Bacon doughnut is topped with a maple glaze and bacon bits for a result that&rsquos savory, sweet, salty and utterly addictive.

Poi Doughnut at Liliha Bakery: Hawaii

You know that mashed purple starch that's part of every Hawaiian luau? It becomes dessert inside these fluffy doughnuts, at Liliha Bakery. Made of eight round bead-like segments all topped with a signature glaze, the doughnut conceals a bright purple interior that makes it nearly as beautiful as it is delicious.

Sweet Heat Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery: West Virginia

In this university town with a student-to-resident ratio of six to one, junk food reigns. To make Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery's Sweet Heat, a shell doughnut is filled with peanut butter mousse, then iced with chocolate and topped with roasted chopped peanuts and Route 11 Mama Zuma&rsquos Revenge Jalapeño Potato Chips. &ldquoAfter each bite the richness of peanut butter and chocolate is subtly replaced by the heat of the chips for a unique eating experience,&rdquo says owner Pamela Berry.

Apple Fritter at Congdon’s Doughnuts: Maine

A fritter is basically any kind of fried patty of deliciousness. Located in Wells, Congdon’s Doughnuts has been baking for 61 years, and the apple fritter has become the top-selling sweet in the glass case. Cinnamon and chunks of apple are mixed into dough, which is hand-cut, fried and topped with glaze. Fritter fanatics can also partake in versions full of juicy Maine blueberries or bacon-studded maple too.

Custom Doughnut Letters at Flyboy Donuts: South Dakota

Need a birthday or thank-you gift? Skip the cards and flowers and order these custom edible letters from Flyboy Donuts in Sioux Falls. They can be spread with any number of flavored glazes, then topped with candies, crushed cookies or colored sprinkles. Y-E-S, please.

Louie Doughnut at The Donut Whole: Kansas

Whimsical or terrifying depending on your perception, the Louie at The Donut Whole is a tribute to an automaton who played a turn-of-the-century band organ at the gates of defunct Wichita amusement park Joyland. The from-scratch buttermilk cake doughnut is dipped in cream cheese glaze, decorated with a blue buttercream ruffle and harlequin sprinkles, and topped with a jumbo cherry red gumball &ldquonose.&rdquo

Blue Cheese, Pear and Cabernet Doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: South Carolina

Pastry Chef Allison Smith&rsquos mother, who loves to indulge in a glass of red wine with cheese and fruit, jokingly suggested creating a doughnut at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts in Charleston that uses all three. Smith accepted the challenge, filling a doughnut with fresh pear compote and blue cheese, then topping it with a Cabernet Sauvignon-based glaze and a drizzle of honey. It would be equally enticing at breakfast or a tony cocktail party.

Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts: Oregon

Made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the South of France, using sustainable bread flour, cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk and European-style butter, this doughnut is great to begin with. To make it destination-worthy, Blue Star Donuts&rsquo staff fills it with creamy vanilla custard, torch-fires sugar to brulee the top, then serves it with a squeeze-your-own pipette of Cointreau, orange zest and pure vanilla paste for a sweet citrus flavor.

Thai Coconut Doughnut at Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts: Arizona

A penchant for spicy Thai food stirred Short Lease Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts' owners Brad and Kat Moore to bake up a pastry treat that encompasses the colors and flavors of their favorite Southeast Asian cuisine. A hand-rolled brioche doughnut is filled with a chile pepper-tinged coconut custard and topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut flakes. Lip-tingling with the right amount of burn, this doughnut is the perfect example of sweet heat meets breakfast treat.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Duck Donuts: North Carolina

Launched in 2006 in North Carolina&rsquos Outer Banks, Duck Donuts now has 26 locations. The popular Maple Bacon version starts with one of the shop's signature vanilla cake doughnuts. It&rsquos topped with a salty-sweet duo of maple syrup and bacon, leading to a creamy and smoky tantalizing blend of tastes and textures. To say it inspires a devoted following is an understatement: One couple even got engaged over the warm and made-to-order pastry.

New York Cheesecake at Sweetwater’s Donut Mill: Michigan

The three locations of Sweetwater&rsquos Donut Mill are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That&rsquos a good thing, as the Cheesecake Doughnut practically flies off the shelves. An ode to the Big Apple&rsquos most-well-known dessert, it&rsquos a yeast bismarck doughnut filled with tangy cream cheese filling and topped with bright-pink strawberry cream icing &mdash both made using Sweetwater&rsquos in-house recipes.

Pastelito at Federal Donuts: Pennsylvania

Inspired by the classic Cuban baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory toppings, the Pastelito is a doughnut covered in cream cheese glaze with a guava glaze, available at the six Philly-area locations of Federal Donuts. It's a tropical, exotic treat just like you'd find on food carts in Havana.

Cannoli Doughnut at Donut Crazy: Connecticut

The shop assistant&rsquos family owns an Italian cheese shop in East Haven, so a subtly sweet doughnut riff on the classic ricotta cheese-filled cookie shell was the perfect way to represent a bit of the boot. The original name for it was actually the Mambo Italiano either way, it&rsquos enjoyed by all who crave that classic Italian dessert, even at breakfast.

Key Lime Pie Doughnut at Glazed Donuts: Florida

It would be a pretty massive omission if Key West&rsquos first doughnut shop didn&rsquot offer an homage to the region&rsquos most-famous dessert. To create Glazed Donuts&rsquo Key Lime rendition, a yeast doughnut is filled with housemade Key lime curd, topped with bruleed meringue and sprinkled with graham cracker streusel. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon admit it&rsquos messy to eat, making it hilarious for newcomers to watch.

Crunchy Mister Doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts: Georgia

When can you nosh on a doughnut for lunch sans guilt? When it&rsquos this salty, sweet, smoky and creamy take on the French sandwich the Croque Monsieur. To create it, Revolution Doughnuts' chefs slice a pillowy yeast doughnut in half lengthwise, spreads it with housemade bechamel sauce, fills it with a slice of black forest ham, tops it with Gruyère cheese, and bakes it until it's gooey and crunchy. Mais oui!

Turtle Bay Doughnut at Mahalo’s Mini Donuts: Iowa

A Hawaiian-themed doughnut shop in the middle of Des Moines makes perfect sense at Mahalo&rsquos Coffee & Mini Donuts. The owners were inspired by their love of the Hawaiian Islands and the "aloha spirit," and they love dishing with customers about their experiences in our 50th state. Named for a popular resort on Oahu, the miniature Turtle Bay cake doughnut is topped with chocolate and caramel glazes and crushed pecans, just like turtle candy.

Fastnachts at Krumpe’s Do-Nuts: Maryland

Fastnacht is German for &ldquonight before the fast,&rdquo and it&rsquos a tradition to eat deep-fried, sugar-covered Fastnacht doughnuts the day before Lent starts. Krumpe&rsquos Do-Nuts in Hagerstown has been selling them for 75 years. The day before Lent isn&rsquot the only celebration: On Dec. 31 a giant doughnut is even dropped from the clock tower on the square, and doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate are doled out to help ring in the new year.

Mango-Glazed Doughnut at Mojo Monkey Donuts: Minnesota

The exotic flavors of this mango-glazed doughnut are one example of Owner Lisa Clark&rsquos mission to make amazing raised doughnuts (assisted by her pastry-enthused children). Mojo Monkey Donuts&rsquo signature yeast dough (crafted with locally brewed beer, yams and parsnips) is made into a ring, then topped with organic mango glaze and unsweetened coconut for a tropically inspired treat.

Katrina Pieces at The Tatonut Donut Shop: Mississippi

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, there was a desperate need for supplies to keep local Mississippi businesses running in hard-hit areas. Staff of The Tatonut Donut Shop in Ocean Springs decided to take the irregular edges of dough that were typically discarded and fry them instead. The results, called Katrina Pieces, were such a hit that they ended up staying on the regular menu even after supplies were back to normal.

Glazed Yeast Doughnut at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe: Arkansas

At first glance, this doughnut seems pretty simple, but owner Julie Goodnight points out that it&rsquos entirely handmade &mdash including the glaze. The result is amazingly large and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect texture. It also brings in the regulars in droves patrons come for the doughnuts and stay for the coffee and convivial conversation.

The Dirty Dave at The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop: Montana

Named for owners&rsquo Joe and Kristin Thomas&rsquo friend&rsquos teenage son, David, who frequently suggested new doughnut flavors to create &mdash mostly involving alcohol and quickly shot down &mdash the Dirty Dave is the result of his first great idea. The Dirty Dozen Donut Shop's offering is spread with peanut butter and topped with crumbled Oreos. The duo loved the delicious results, and the cookie concoction remains one of the shop's top sellers.

Strong Pimp Hands at Polar Donuts: Oklahoma

Inspired by owner Younts Waters&rsquo mom&rsquos apple pie, Strong Pump Hands at Polar Donuts are kind of like bear claws, but they have a bit more of an irreverent connotation. The glazed, four fingered doughnuts are filled with apple chunks and cinnamon, and they are among the most-popular (not to mention talked-about and Instagram-worthy) options on the menu of a shop that&rsquos been on the Oklahoma City scene for more than two decades.

Pie Doughnuts at The Doughnut Hole: Nebraska

Pie becomes portable with the genius Pie Doughnut at The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln. The shop started as a farmers market stand and combines traditional, classic flavors with modern flair. The unique, fresh and eye-appealing creations include those filled with blackberry, peach, blueberry or apple, topped with crumbles and drizzled with icing.

Purple Haze at Stonehouse Baking Company: New Hampshire

Dead rock stars — including Elvis — make their appearance on several doughnuts at Stonehouse Baking Company. But Owner Denis St. Pierre pays homage to Purple Haze, the signature song of the Seattle-born legend Jimi Hendrix with a homemade vanilla cake doughnut topped with black raspberry icing.

Bison Pride Doughnuts at Sandy's Donuts: North Dakota

Owner Sandy Ostlund shows his pride for the North Dakota State University football team, the Bisons, by making doughnuts just for tailgating. The Bison Pride doughnuts are topped with green and yellow frosting — the school’s colors. Sandy’s also makes the Horns Up, which is shaped as the hand gesture fans make to cheer their team. On game weekends, the shop sells upward of 10,000 per day.

The Buckeye Donut at Buckeye Donuts: Ohio

Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a namesake nut that grows from a native tree indigenous to the state. The nut inspired a lookalike treat of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, which inspired Buckeye Donuts in Columbus. Filled with peanut butter and dunked in chocolate, the Buckeye Donut has been served since the shop opened its doors in 1969.

Coffee Milk Doughnut at PVDonuts: Rhode Island

For those who haven&rsquot tried Rhode Island&rsquos beloved coffee milk, imagine drinking sweet, creamy coffee ice cream that&rsquos been melted down. The supersized Coffee Milk doughnut, which is about three times the size of the standard one, is a buttery brioche-dough base covered in a coffee-milk glaze made with beans from Dave&rsquos Coffee. Chocolate espresso beans are the final garnish.

Blood Orange Basil Doughnut at Guru Donuts: Idaho

Before opening their Boise shop, married couple Angel and Kevin Moran sold doughnuts at farmers' markets today, they still glean inspiration from market stalls, using locally grown fruit for creations like the raised vegan blood orange-basil doughnut. Tart, freshly squeezed blood orange juice gets a sprinkle of cardamom and a punch of local basil for the sweet housemade glaze.

Raised Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross Donuts: Utah

A staple on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 30 years, Banbury Cross Donuts keeps locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with cake doughnuts, bismarcks and buttermilk bars. Their best-selling coffee cake-hybrid offering is fried, then immediately dipped into a glaze and then cinnamon sugar for a two-for-one morning treat.

Scholbe the Cheesecake at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts: Wisconsin

Named for the fan who submitted this flavor suggestion, which was inspired by strawberry cheesecake, the Scholbe the Cheesecake has become one of Holey Moley&rsquos favorite doughnuts. A yeast doughnut is filled with housemade strawberry (and sometimes raspberry) jam, covered with cheesecake topping, dusted with graham cracker crust and finished with another dollop of jam on top.

Dino Bone Doughnut at Dino’s Donuts: Alaska

Named for owner Jeanine Keppel’s dog, this Anchorage shop — opened in 1985 — has quite a loyal local following. Out of the 50 varieties of fluffy, fresh and delightful offerings, it’s the signature doughnut that’s most popular with toddlers and the school-age set (kids and dog lovers of all ages, really.) As its name suggests, the Dino Bone is worked into the shape of a canine treat and covered with a vanilla glaze.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Filled Doughnut at Heavenly Donut Company: Alabama

While studying abroad in London, Heavenly Donut Company co-owner Kimberly Beiersdoerfer fell in love with the creamy, nutty goodness of that ultimate toast topper Nutella. Her creation, a bismarck doughnut filled with light and fluffy chocolate hazelnut cream, pays homage to the land across the pond. And it’s only available on Fridays, making it that much more covet-worthy.

Do-Not at Red Hen Baking: Vermont

When Red Hen Baking Co. was looking for a way to use the scraps of dough trimmed off during the croissant-making process, the staff discovered that rolling out, cutting and baking squares to toss in cinnamon sugar made for a treat that tasted remarkably like doughnuts. Owner Randall George says they make a great little inexpensive treat, but suggests you snatch 'em up when you can, as they are in limited supply depending on how many batches of croissants they are making.

Turtle Doughnut at Cowboy Donuts: Wyoming

Out of the 55 unique varieties of doughnuts and kolaches made in this Rock Springs bakery each day, the confection-inspired Turtle doughnut often sells out most quickly. A freshly made doughnut is covered with homemade chocolate fudge icing, topped with cinnamon candied pecans and finished with housemade caramel. Sweet tooths: Think outside the candy box.

S’mores Doughnut at Gooey Donuts: Delaware

The top-selling option at this Milton store is the bakery version of everyone&rsquos favorite campfire-side treat. A yeast shell doughnut is filled with marshmallow, covered in chocolate glaze, and topped with graham cracker cereal and mini marshmallows. The best part? No sticks or charcoal are required.


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