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Apple cider donuts

Stopped in at Ohlin's in Belmont yesterday for a honey dipped...the donuts are really the only reason to go there...but they also had apple cider donuts so I got one. It was tasty but didn't remind me of the the ones you get in the orchards around this time of year.

I generally stop at Honeypot Hill for apples and donuts at least once a season. Wondering if anyone else has a favorite spot for cider donuts?

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  1. I like Cider Hill Farms' version up in Amesbury.

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    1. re: gini

      second CHF. was there two weeks ago for peaches (Awesome) and noticed they had their first press cider out for sale. i got a gallon and it was really good, very light flavor.

      they weren't frying the donuts at the time (which is when they really are special) so i didn't get any. but with the crowds starting to show up that will change.

      1. re: ScubaSteve

        Third Cider Hill Farm. Methinks this weekend is a good one to go up and see what apples they're selling as well. I need to make some applesauce. And get some donuts for the ride home. :-)

    2. Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, NH - so good!

      1. I'm planning a trip to Russell Orchards in Ipswich, because the reviews have been favorable- and then I can go to Clam Box and the ice cream place... but I'm wondering, is Cider Hill Farms betters? Is there anything else nearby that would make a nice little day trip?

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        1. re: voodoocheese

          from CHF you can go over to Jewell Towne Winery in South Hampton. It's probably a 5-10 minute drive and they have afternoon tastings and a pretty nice store in the main barn. - www.jewelltownevineyards.com

          1. re: voodoocheese

            I prefer Russell to Cider Hill, but both are best hot out of the fryer.

            1. re: sablemerle

              I agree...anytime you can get a Apple Cider Doughnut fresh out of the fryer it's going to be a treat no matter where you get it.

            2. re: voodoocheese

              I've had the cider doughnuts at Russell Orchards and am hard-pressed to think of one that's better. You would not go wrong to stick with your original game plan.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                Yup, those Russell cider doughnuts are hard to beat. I was there a couple times last year when they were serving them fresh and they were stellar. I'm not sure their apple selection is the best, but their cider is also nice.

                1. re: Kip McSkipster

                  The difference in the Russell Orchard doughnuts is that they genuinely taste of cider. Too often, cider doughnuts have a faint aroma of apples, but little apple flavor.

                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    the ones at cider hill, at least if you get them hot (like i did a couple weekends ago), have very good apple flavor. i have no idea how they compare to russell's version, but they are very, very good in their own right.

                    1. re: autopi

                      The line today at CHF for hot, freshly made doughnuts was about 30-40 people long...and very slow moving. I ended up getting a "six pack" of previously made ones, as I also had almost a peck of apples and a half gallon of cider in my basket.

                      Note to self: go to CHF in the MORNING, not right after taking your mother out to lunch. :-)

                2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  Russell for sure, and I agree, get them hot. This time of year on the weekends they are usually making them fresh to buy right then, or you can pick up a package for later.

                3. re: voodoocheese

                  Russell orchards donuts are great they are made right in front of you. clambox and woodmans very close. also many antique shops, and cranes beach if you like the ocean in the fall.

                4. fourth for CHF - they have a nice asst of breads and pies too - I just can't seem to get out of the parking lot with even 1 of the donuts ! I end up sitting in my car eating the whole bagful.

                  1. Yeah, I love the ones at Honeypot Hill. I was up at Connor's Farm in Danvers last weekend, and was pleasantly surprised by theirs too. Maybe I just love all apple cide donuts, because now that I think about it, I can't think of a version where I haven't liked it.

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                    1. re: kobuta

                      I've always loved Honeypot's doughnuts too. Last weekend I tried the ones at Shelburn Farm in Stow and have to say that they were not as good: larger, a bit more expensive, not as browned, and greasy in places (not in a good way). Maybe the oil wasn't hot enough for that batch.

                      1. re: chowcat

                        Hmmm I had the cider doughnuts from Shelburne Farm in Stow yesterday and they were to die for.... had to wait for the fresh batch but it was just so worth it! I think they were 75 cents each. The cheddar cheese and cider there are also quite delicious. Oh how I love the fall!