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Favorite Donut Flavors

I don't know why but I am in the mood to talk about donuts. Haven't had them in forever. Dunkin Donuts are probably the best donut chains around still but I was wondering wut kind of donuts everyone likes....Here are some of my favorites off the top of my head

French Crueller
Strawberry/Chocolate/Vanilla/Marble Frosted with Sprinkles
Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut
Boston Creme
Jelly Donut
Glazed Donut

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  1. Not the hugest fan of donuts, but when I do have them I tend to like them warm from Krispy Kreme (the orginial glazed). There's also a place called the Fractured Prune in the DC area, and they have some really unique and tasty combos that are delicious. However, they taste more like a piece of cake than a donut.

    However, a good midnight snack is always those hostess mini powdered donuts...reminds me of childhood. I love licking up the mess.

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    1. re: Jacey

      I've been to the Fractured Prune (awful name imho) and I was blown away. The flavor combinations you could make were almost endless. I forgot what I got though. The best part about them was that they fried them to order so when they got served they were so warm and gooey!!

      Other than that, I like the Key Lime Pie flavor at Krispy Kreme.

      1. re: Jacey

        Old-fashioned cinnamon donuts, hot and fresh, and dusted with cinnamon sugar absolutely NOT 'confectioner's sugar' - it needs the crunch of the sugar!

        Krispy Kreme - original glazed... but only if it's FRESH and still hot.
        Dunkin Donuts - toasted coconut, and crullers as long as they're FRESH. In fact, all donuts are only nice when they're freshly cooked - they get icky and stale-tasting soooo fast.

        1. re: Jacey

          When I was a kid and we had these mini donuts, my mom would slice the left overs (if there were any!) in half horizontally, butter them, and run them under the broiler. It was a great treat!

        2. Both the Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme in our area went out of biz a while ago. There's a local place that make potato donuts, Spudnuts, that are incredible. Though I don't like sweets that much, a Boston Cream Donut once in a while is sublime. And I like cake donuts when I can't take the sugar of a glazed.

          1. Strawberry
            Bearclaw (is that a flavor?)

            *All of the above MUST be from Donut Man in Glendora, CA.

            1. Glazed old-fashioned* (the one with the gear-like scalloped edges...)
              [Buttermilk bar if the above is gone, but usually not worth it to satisfy the jones]

              *Must be from K's Donut Emporium in Sherman Oaks

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                    1. re: Melanie

                      Oh yeah, with the nice crunchy edges and the soft cakey center

              1. Chocolate glazed cake donuts from Dunkin Donuts are my favorite. Well, my real favorite is the Dunkin Donuts chocolate glazed donut, in the stick form. I haven't seen those in a while, though.

                I also like a plain, old fashioned donut. The yeasty, nutmeg-y ones.

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                1. re: manraysky

                  I don't eat them,but if offered I could never walk away from a potato donut

                2. Tim Horton's Honey Crueller
                  Most French Cruellers
                  Strawberry Donuts (and, I assume, the peach as well) from Glendora's Donut Man (I am eternally grateful to the 'Hounds that introduced me to this perfection)

                  1. Cider donuts and maple bars. mmmm...

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                    1. re: thunderbug84

                      I'm leaning towards Tony Burdain's combo of maple bar with a strip of bacon on top.

                      1. re: Scrapironchef

                        yo, credit where credit is due. That's from Voodoo Donut in Portland, OR, and my favorite there is the Arnold Palmer (made with iced tea mix and lemonaide frosting).

                        1. re: Cowboy_X

                          I'm actually planning a trip there this summer, genius needs to be patronized.

                    2. Any donut experience for me has to include fake vanilla creme. Not Boston Cream, but the really fakey whipped stuff. Heavenly. The only donuts I'll spend the calories on are the Vanilla Kreme filled from Dunkin Donuts and the glazed Vanilla Kreme from Krispy Kreme, and those are both only once in a blue moon.

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                      1. re: marmite

                        I am with you on this. Tom Thumb has chocolate cream filled ones. YUM!

                      2. I enjoyed French cruellers,the Dunkin' Donut- you remember the one with the little donut handle you use to dunk the donut in your coffee and regular cruellers. These are no longer available in my area.( Boston metrowest) We now have logs instead of the twisted cruellers. I believe this change and the lack of French cruellers is do to the fact that these donuts are no longer handmade.

                        1. I would love to answer this question, but my favorite donut remains something of a mystery as I can't seem to find them on the East Coast and I've forgotten the name. There is a donut that Dunkin Donuts makes that is moist, cakey and rich on the inside but firm and glazed on the outside. It looks like a hunk of dough that has been quartered on top. It seems that we always end up trying to figure out the name of this particular donut when I meet Midwesterners, but while everyone knows *of* the donut, no one knows what it is called. I miss them. Someone please tell me where to find them (and what they're called!).

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                          1. re: JungMann

                            Sounds like a buttermilk bar -- I've heard tell they don't have those on the East Coast. There's surprising regional variations in donuts. People I trust tell me West Coast donuts are better (maybe that makes up for the crappy bagels).

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              That's funny, I think West Coast donuts are not good at all. I am never tempted by a donut since I moved to CA.

                            2. re: JungMann

                              JungMann - What you describe is DEFINITELY a Dunkin' Donuts buttermilk. We have them here in IL and they're my favorite too!

                              1. re: LAWoman

                                I'm from Illinois originally! But no one in Chicago knew what I was talking about. Probably because those lardos go straight for the cream-filled fat bombs. Not that a buttermilk bar (is that the name) is particularly low cal.

                            3. Im going to be different and say I love the newfangled Japanese doughnuts stuffed with a curry/potato filling.

                              But if we're talking classics, not much of a doughnut lover but I'll take a hot fresh doughnut sprinkled with sugar. The crunchiness is what I like more than anything else.

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                              1. re: Pei

                                Have you tried the ones stuffed with green tea mousse?

                                I feel like I sinned when I had one.

                              2. Sour cream cake donuts. Presti's in Cleveland's Little Italy have the best.
                                Apple cinnamon and nutmeg are quite popular in the fall.
                                Apple fritters

                                1. Blueberry Cake Donuts and Cruellers

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                                  1. re: ArikaDawn

                                    Ever have the blueberry doughnuts at the original LaMar's in Kansas City? The taste of a great blueberry muffin with the texture of a [light] doughnut? Fantastic.

                                    I also love plain doughnuts, buttermilk doughnuts, and old-fashioneds, but if I could only have one variety -- powdered sugar cake.

                                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                                      I love LaMar's. They have a branch in Phoenix that is spectacular.

                                    2. re: ArikaDawn

                                      Where is this place in Kansas City

                                    3. When I lived in NJ there was an apple farm in Westfield that made apple cider donuts with either cinnamon-sugar or powdered suger or plain. They were crispy on the ouside and warm and lucious on the inside. They were my favorites.

                                      Since i do not live in NJ any longer we need to answer with my choice of rating a donut shop and the answer is:

                                      Boston Cream

                                      1. Although I can't handle the greasy, doughy goodness of donuts without significant gastrointestinal distress (at a mere 26 years young, what a shame!), I used to absolutely love blueberry cake donuts, glazed donuts covered in chopped peanuts, and plain cake donuts dipped in hot cocoa.

                                        1. It has to be a simple - but perfect - original glazed Krispy Kreme (hot, obviously).

                                          1. As a former east coaster, I so miss my Dunkin' Donuts. I live off of them when I visit my family to make up for lost time.

                                            Favourite is the Vanilla Creme. You have to respect a donut that's as heavy as a softball. Mmmm.....

                                            1. My favorites, no particular order:

                                              Chocolate Cake w/chocolate icing
                                              Chocolate Cake w/chocolate icing w/coconut
                                              Apple Fritter
                                              Chocolate Eclair

                                              And, at least one year Krispy Kreme had a "autum spice" donut around Thanksgiving that was just tremendously good.

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                                              1. re: Marvin

                                                Second chocolate cake with chocolate icing. When I was in high school, my sister and I used to get an assorted dozen doughnuts (from Dunkins, I think), with at least four chocolate chocolates, take them back to her apartment . . . and. eat. them. all.
                                                We'd wait a couple of hours, then go out to lunch.

                                                Just the thought makes me queasy now, but it sure was fun (and seemed completely normal) at the time.

                                              2. Chicago

                                                Dinkels makes the besy cinnamon sugar doughnuts, as well as a pretty wonderful chocolate glazed cake doughnut.

                                                Morningfields in Park Ridge makes a Boston cream doughnut that weighs over 1/2 a pound and should serve two (although no one who tries one will share)

                                                  1. Glazed old-fashioned and maple old-fashioned.

                                                    Though I'm a doughnut whore and will eat any kind of my favorites aren't available.

                                                    1. glazed
                                                      glazed old fashioned
                                                      glazed cinnamon twist
                                                      Krispy Creme's original
                                                      maple bars
                                                      and more than anything, what our local Dunkin Donuts use to call a Portland cream. It's like a boston cream only with maple on top instead of chocolate.

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                                                      1. re: duckduck

                                                        ummm, when I do have one which is practically never, I would choose a maple bar, warmed. And thennnn a jelly doughnut, if they were out of maple bars.

                                                      2. Don't usually eat them, but when I do, the original glazed at Krispy Kreme, and a good buttermilk one anywhere

                                                        1. a plain glazed sour cream donut
                                                          or a lemon jelly filled tim-bit (donut hole).

                                                          sometimes I get a craving for those honeyglazed plain donuts sold in cello packages of 8 or whatever, like we used to sell for fundraising in elementary school. they're nasty little things with melted sugar glaze, but they always seem like they will be good, right before I bite into them.

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                                                          1. re: orangewasabi

                                                            Speaking of boxed products, in a pinch, Entenmann's Glazed Popems are pretty darn good... Problem is I don't know how they see a box as more than one serving... :-/

                                                          2. For those of you lucky enough to be in San Jose, you must go to the best donut shop in the world:

                                                            Lou's Living Donut Museum
                                                            Address: 387 Delmas Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
                                                            Phone: (408) 295-5887

                                                            Crumb donuts and buttermilk bars absolutely the best.
                                                            I unfortunatly live on the east coast and have to stick with a Dunkin treat once in a while.

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                                                              1. re: othervoice

                                                                Not only is it gone, but I NEVER had anything but a stale piece of tasteless dough there. I was so diappointed after so many raved, and I tried several times...

                                                                1. re: Emme

                                                                  I agree with Emme, though I have to say the "Donut Museum" had charming character. Anyway, I think the best donut in the San Jose area is definitely at Stan's on Homestead and Kiely. A hot glazed donut there is sublime. The old-fashioned is also excellent. The coffee is terrible.

                                                                  1. re: 2m8ohed

                                                                    Stan's Old Fashioneds were crispy on the outsides, but a little small for my preference... My favorite glazed old-fashioneds in the area are suprisingly from Donut Wheel in Cupertino... they meet my ratio of crispy exterior with fluffy interior with perfectly to the teeth sweetened glaze.

                                                                    1. re: Emme

                                                                      I always did think it was odd that their old-fashioneds are average sized while the glazed ones are gargantuan.

                                                              2. The blueberry buttermilk and chocolate peanut butter donuts at Stan's in Westwood.

                                                                The dobash and haupia malasadas at Leonard's Bakery in Honolulu.

                                                                1. There's a little donut shop in Grand Marais, MN that makes a raised-glazed that leaves Krispy Kreme in the dust. I'm not even a big sweets eater, but these things make my knees weak.

                                                                  Also, back in the day, there was a little bakery (long gone) near my hometown that made orange old-fashioneds with an orange glaze. I haven't seen them in many, many years, but remember them with obsessive fondness. Unreasonably good.

                                                                  1. I like a plain old-fashioned or sour cream cake, but the potato donuts at the Pennsylvanai Farm Show in January are out of this world.

                                                                    I'm also a big fan of Maple Donuts out of York, PA, which is even better than Dunkin', in my 'umble opinion.

                                                                    1. Unfortunately, all of them.

                                                                      But my favorite brand is Krispy Kreme.

                                                                      My favorite flavors are, in this order:

                                                                      raspberry filled,
                                                                      lemon filled,
                                                                      chocolate iced custard filled

                                                                      1. I too miss Spudnuts--haven't found any near here. Don't like those that are too sweet, so I don't eat glazed donuts too often, but the old fashioned kind and apple filled are ok.

                                                                        1. Buttermilk bars... for the supreme example, go to Primo's on Sepulveda in West LA... the Primo family has been making them for over 50 years - one of the rare examples in LA that some things actually don't change... Thanks, Tony Michaels, for reintroducing me to this humble yet excellent donut shop!

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                                                                          1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                            There used to be a chain in the Midwest call Mr. Donut. I think they only had cake donuts. I haven't had one in years - yum.

                                                                            1. re: nothinfancynancy

                                                                              To me, the cake donuts are king. But I won't turn away any donut as long as it's a good donut. My tastebuds and nose tell me that the type of oil and how often the oil is changed out is very important. Did you ever notice how an otherwise great donut has been compromised by a rancid oily taste? Any donut has the potential to be a great donut, as long as the shop is serious about raising the bar...

                                                                          2. My all time favorite is a maple glazed donut. Although if I wasnt worried about calories it would be the maple bar-they are bigger! I am not picky as to where I get them as long as they are fresh and maple.

                                                                            1. Apple Fritter, if cripsy.

                                                                              Favorite ball of fried "dough"? Fried mochi with sesame seeds stuffed with red bean paste.

                                                                              1. As far as donuts I love, I have to say the classic old fashion at Dunkin Donuts is pretty hard to beat. for raised donuts I think the maple glazed at DD is quite good as well. if I want a real sugar high the apple crumb can't be beat.

                                                                                I know I must be a donut philistine but I find Krispy Kreme Glazed donuts horrible. way too much glaze over dough that simply deflates in your mouth with no texture to speak of. The one cool thing about the krispy kreme experience is watching the big machine as it makes the donuts automatically.

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                                                                                1. re: willdupre

                                                                                  You hit the nail on the head for me with Krispy Kreme... just thinking about eating one of their donuts makes my stomach turn a little.

                                                                                  There are three donuts I LOVE: toasted coconut from Dunkin Donuts, chocolate honey-dipped (what we called it growing up - just the chocolate cake with a plain sugar glaze), and the apple donuts we can get here in Germany during apple season (they have the most perfectly cooked and seasoned shuny apple sauce inside and a light, crunchy exterior sprinkled with powdered sugar... now I wish it was apple season!). On Saturdays my father and I used to to go to the donut shop in the little town I gre up in, sit at the counter in front of the case of donuts, and I would eat the plain cake with colorful sprinkles in the chocolate frosting on top, washing it down with a chocolate milk. Now I need coffee to cut the sweetness of the donut.

                                                                                2. Canadian Maple from Tim Horton's

                                                                                  It's been a while since TH made it fresh (they're now frozen and then baked in-store), but I have fond memories of the Canadian Maple donut. It's like a Boston Creme but with a maple dip on top instead of chocolate.

                                                                                  1. I must say that I haven't heard enough praise given to Apple Fritters...a good one with enough chunks of apple, not dry in the middle, and not too much glaze.

                                                                                    Reading this thread made me wonder why there was no mention of the donuts at some place in Portland...my husband said at one point they were making a Pepto Bismol donut, but were banned b/c they didn't have a license to sell pharmaceuticals or something...anyone been there? What other interesting kinds do/did they have?

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                                                                                    1. re: lj2899

                                                                                      I believe you mean Voodoo Donuts, as mentioned above.


                                                                                    2. I can appreciate a regular Krispy Kreme glazed donut fresh and warm. But I actually prefer their apple and cinnamon jelly filled donut with powdered sugar. Mmmm.

                                                                                      The custard filled one is pretty good too.

                                                                                      1. A regular sugar donut from Spudnuts.
                                                                                        A Krispy Kreme traditional glazed.
                                                                                        A Kripsy Kreme sour cream donut.

                                                                                        In Bethany Beach, DE there's a bakery just a block or two off of the beach (I think it is called Griff's) that makes a vanilla glazed donut. I'm not sue if it was really that good, or if its just the memory of being there when I was 8 and sitting on the sidewalk waiting for them to open at 6am and getting the first, warm donut of the day. Or maybe when I was 20 and sitting on the sidewalk with a cup of coffee waiting for them to open at 6 am and getting the first warm donut of the day. Either way, I remember them as the best donuts of all time.

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                                                                                        1. re: ccbweb

                                                                                          Gosh, I have some great doughnut memories like all of you--but speaking as a 32 year old woman, it's almost like past a certain age, the pain of doughnuts on the waistline exceeds the pleasure!

                                                                                          The best doughnuts I ever had were at a debate tournament at Vassar--so good, pretty much ALL I ate that weekend were doughnuts--from an Italian bakery, Homemade Boston Cremes, powdered filled with blueberry jam, powdered with chocolate cream!

                                                                                          A few that haven't been mentioned yet:

                                                                                          Dunkin' Doughnuts with sprinkles (as a kid)
                                                                                          DD white powdered with pale chocolate whipped frosting inside
                                                                                          DD chocolate with peanut type crunch things on the outside

                                                                                          What about Entenmann's Doughnuts--the chocolate frosting on the outside, white on the inside, and their crumb versions? Actually, if I wanted to splurge again, I think Entemann's are only about 250ish calories wach...hmnn...

                                                                                        2. Dunkin Donuts French Cruellers are awsome, however my favorite donuts come from local bakeries. I like jelly filled with powder sugar and custard filled with chocolate icing.

                                                                                          1. I can't believe nobody has mentioned the "croissant donut." I haven't seen one in YEARS but they were so amazingly greasy and good. I think they were just deep-fried croissants with a dunk in that glaze stuff that donut shops use. Did anyone else ever have one and love it??

                                                                                            1. Cider Donuts
                                                                                              Chocolate cake donut
                                                                                              Mrs. Murphy's cinnamon twists - yummmmmm

                                                                                                1. Love sour cream doughnuts - somehow Starbucks pulls off a good one!


                                                                                                  1. Wow... I can't believe I haven't seen my personal favorite here - the Nutty doughnut! Though I suspect it may be a regional thing, specific to Michigan, where I grew up. Haven't seen them elsewhere.

                                                                                                    It's a yellow cake doughnut, with just a bit of glaze, then pressed all over into chopped peanuts and almonds. They're absolute heaven, especially if it's drizzled with a bit of chocolate frosting. My favorite ones come from VG's supermarket.

                                                                                                    Has anyone else ever had/heard of these?

                                                                                                      1. re: kellydeez

                                                                                                        With a strip of crispy bacon on top......

                                                                                                      2. a jelly fill, has to be right out of the oven, at about 5 in the morning...

                                                                                                        1. Ahhh something near and dear(if not clogging)to my heart! @ Daylight donuts in Roswell,N.M. ,i used to get a glazed long john, with both cream cheese,and lemon filling...insanely good!,in the Denver area i used to go to a shop that had HUGE donuts, ,again a cream cheese filling was great, KK 's raspberry jelly filled is great,and occasionally i gotta have some of those waxy chocolate covered mini donuts ,broken up in a bowl,with buttermilk poured over them mmm mmm mmmm!, but the absolute best were my grandmothers ,made from scratch, the yeast dough had lots of orange zest in it,then after frying,and cooling she covered them with a thick rich chocolate icing...wish i had the recipe.

                                                                                                          1. Yeast donuts from Longs in Indy - melts in your mouth....
                                                                                                            Cake donuts with peanuts embedded in the glaze from Dunkin Donuts. If anyone of importance at Dunkin Donuts is listening.....WOULD YOU PLEASE BRING DUNKIN DONUTS BACK TO INDIANAPOLIS so I could have aformentioned donut again!!!!

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                                                                                                            1. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                              i think they're franchised, so it's up to you

                                                                                                            2. Although I love a flat crispy apple fritter, soft maple bar, or divine chocolate old fashioned... (break the edges off in the car on the way home) I'm ashamed to admit one of my favorites are Van De Kamp's chocolate mini donuts with that plastic like smooth coating. You must refrigerate these and then eat them standing up with the fridge door open in shame. Van De Kamp's are available at Ralph's in southern California.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Oh Robin

                                                                                                                Ahhh i love this topic hmm gotta say my favorite donut flavor is apple cinnamon then i love the sugar sprinkled ones and i like those mini donuts that are spicy and covered with sugar,haven't had em in since i was in america so dont really remember their name

                                                                                                              2. Cinnamon crumb from Kingpin in Berkeley. Not just some tiny amount of crumbs sprinkled over the glaze, but a thick coating. And it's open til 2 am.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Louise

                                                                                                                  Sour Cream Cake Donuts from a bakery in Lancaster, PA, can't remember the name now!

                                                                                                                2. I'm not a huge donut lover - rarely indulge, but there are a few which warm my heart:

                                                                                                                  Entenman's Chocolate Glazed (or the Popum's of the same variety - the one with the hard glaze, I could eat the whole box alone, which is why I NEVER buy them anymore).

                                                                                                                  Krispy Kreme Traditional Glazed fresh from the oven

                                                                                                                  Apple Cider Donuts from Delicious Orchards in NJ

                                                                                                                  Dunkin Donuts Jelly Donut - only if fresh

                                                                                                                  1. Hands down Delicious Orchards Cider doughnuts.. off the hook!!!

                                                                                                                    as far as chains, DD chocolate butternut is also legit.
                                                                                                                    great question.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: yankeefan

                                                                                                                      So nice to see someone knew what I was talking about!