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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!

                    2. They serve great doughnuts, I think cider, in the fall on the weekends at Wilson Farms in Lexington.

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                      1. re: veggielover

                        They have a pretty long season for them, but they are likely to be making them fresh on the weekends now - they don't seem as tasty as the ones at Russell, but it's lot closer.

                        1. re: veggielover

                          I have to give a thumbs down for the ones at Wilsons. I tried them last year and they tasted like supermarket donuts to me.

                          1. re: Jpan99

                            Wilson Farms still works fine for me when a more long-distance excursion doesn't.

                            I double-checked on Saturday by having a fresh one out of the fryer at the entrance - still among the tastiest avaialble in my opinion. Maybe they have changed since last year? I'd recommend giving them another try (but not the pre-packaged ones in the store - they are more like decent supermarket style).

                            1. re: rlh

                              Missed them at Wilsons on Saturday- must have been too early- they were making caramel apples when I was there.

                              1. re: macca

                                I like the cider donuts at Wilson's (fresh made outside only!), but I live for those caramel apples rolled in peanuts. I don't generally eat apples outside of the pie form, but I must have one Wilson's caramel apple a year!

                                1. re: kimfair1

                                  See, I've only had the pre-packed ones inside. Those are not good. I didn't know they cooked fresh ones! Must be a weekend thing because I was there this morning and nobody was making donuts!

                                  1. re: Jpan99

                                    On Saturday mornings they often cook outside- did not try the caramel apples, but they did look good

                        2. I haven't had the Honeypot donuts in a while, but I remember them fondly. Our orchard of choice lately has been Berlin Orchards in Berlin. Very tasty cider donuts and sometimes apple crisp. used to have a very nice attached gourmet store as well, but think it's now closed.

                          1. Shelburne Farms!! Honeypot a close second

                            1. Hiya, Houndies. Just a quick "heads up" that Hamilton Orchards is now open on weekends, until the official start of apple season. What were they using to make the cider doughnuts? Even if it had been in storage for months, the result was extraordinary. Don't miss out if you happen to be driving by on the way to UMass or Quabbin. Cider doughnut fanatics will want to make a pilgrimage just for a box of sinkers...

                              1. This isn't at an orchard and probably more appropriate for the New England board, but it's on topic ... we just went up to the White Mountains for the weekend and stopped by the White Mountain Cider Co. for dinner. It's a restaurant and a store and bakery. In the bakery, they have the yummiest freshly made cider donuts. They were delicious. We have pictures of them in our most recent blog posting.

                                Kristina Y.

                                1. Had my first cider donut of the season, at Ohlins in Belmont. Very tasty, crispy outside, yummy. However, I think their honey dipped is still the best and jelly comes in second. They do really good yeast donuts.

                                  I'm heading to Honeypot next week, can't wait!

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                                  1. re: Jpan99

                                    We like Shelburne donuts much better than Honeypot Hill. Wilson's are okay if you can't get to anything better.

                                  2. Cider donuts are the best! As mentioned, only worth having when hot from the fryer. The donuts at Honeypot Hill are good, but the place is ridiculously overcrowded all the time, and why drive out to the country to be in a traffic jam at an orchard? Shelburne Farm is nice and often more chill. But my new favorite might be Bolton Spring Farm. It's cute, small, and you can get hot donuts. Feels more like getting away. Looking forward to trying CHF though!

                                    1. Ingaldsby Farm in Boxford has the best IMO and I live right next to Cider Hill. We also hit Applecrest last weekend and those were really good too.

                                      1. I like the one at Wilsons although I can't apple pick there, although I haven't had any this season yet.

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                                        1. re: makonna

                                          The Wilson Farm ones are good, but my parents' recently got back from a trip to the Erie Canal and stopped at an orchard named Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard in Fly Creek, NY. They got me a dozen cider donuts and they were to die for. Getting them hot out of the oil from somewhere is perfect (Cold Hollow Cider Mill comes to mind from childhood), but for packaged and a couple days old these were still astonishingly good.

                                          1. re: scorp508

                                            Cold Hollow Cider Mill is amazing ! I have to try Ohlin's and some of the others around town - but I can only speak to when I lived a few miles up the road from Cold Hollow and rushed the donuts home to have them still " Just out of the fryer" warm.

                                        2. I'm putting my vote in for Atkins -- the farm is located in New Salem (I've gone apple picking their many a time), but they bring them up to the Copley Farmer's Market every week. Delicious!