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Jul 4, 2009 09:08 AM

With the bacon craze, is anyone hip to bacon donuts in Manhattan?

I was watching a TV show the other night, and I saw a San Francisco donut shop that is producing maple glazed apple donuts with bacon in them. People are raving about them, and they look delicious. The other day, I bought a bacon chocolate bar at Whole Foods that was delicious.

Has anyone seen any bacon desserts springing up in Manhattan? Bacon donuts anywhere?

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  1. I personally think those Dynamo maple apple donuts in SF are disgusting though most people seem to go crazy for them. And if that isn't enough, there's a nearby place where you can get a maple bacon latte ... haven't tried that yet.

    HOWEVER ... back to your question for Manhattan ... I'm getting there ... there is a Donut/Cambodian restaurant locally which serves what they claim is a NY thing ... a plain maple bar topped with two strips of bacon. I actually liked this more than that Dynamo donut.

    So if your ordinary donut shop also has breakfast sandwiches that contain bacon, just order a maple frosted bar and ask for two strips of bacon on top. Or bring some home and top with your own bacon.

    Photo of maple bar with bacon

    Gilding the bacon maple bar with chocolate sauce

    The actual Dynamo donut ... ick

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    1. re: rworange

      Unfortunately, I haven't even been able to find a plain maple bar in NYC, nevermind one with bacon on top. If anyone has any leads on where to get maple bars around here, please do tell.

    2. There used to be a bacon cupcake at batch and it actually tasted good! Too bad it closed.

      There is the bacon peanut brittles at Redhead.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        The bacon peanut brittle at Redhead isn't really that bacony and isn't really brittle. More like spiced peanut party mix with bacon pieces. Good but not really brittle.

      2. Yes! Atria in NYC has amazing bacon donuts. I tried them when they were doing their scotch pairings, 3 samplings of 17-18 year old scotches with 3 bacon donuts, I think it was something like $10 during the promotion.

        They're still available on the menu I believe, and definitely worth trying.

        They're small and in cube form instead of the traditional donut-hole shape, though roughly the same size. The texture of the donut is similar to that of a boston cream (as opposed to a cake-like donut), and the inside was slightly eggy. The filling is this amazing hot butterscotch, you absolutely need a knife and fork or the hot butterscotch will run all over your hands, scalding you (we were vehemently warned against this by our server). The bacon-factor is the topping, a confectioner sugar of sorts with bacon somehow magically powdered in. The bacon flavor is not overwhelming, though definitely noticeable (I've had "bacon" products before where there are only hints of this amazing pork fat delicacy, in this dish it's affirmatively present). The perfect blend of sweet and savory, don't miss this dish if you're a bacon fan or even if you're only a bacon dabbler (but really, who can only dabble in bacon?).

        Please excuse the terrible photo taken with my phone, the donuts were only lit by candlelight when they deserve a spotlight.

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        1. re: Perusal

          Thank you, Perusal. Is Atria the type of place where we could go in just for the donuts? Is it a fancy joint?

          Edit: Looks like Atria is CLOSED.

          1. re: Perusal

            I was just going to suggest these! Absolutely incredible, we even ate the powder up afterwards.

            It;s not casual, but if you were to go relatively early after work, or just sit at the bar anytime, then you absolutely could just swing by for the donuts and a drink.

            1. re: laughlynne

              laugh, the only problem is that they appear to be closed.

            2. re: Perusal

              Edit: I can't believe it's closed! But you're right :( How heartbreaking.

            3. I think Hill Country might have had a bacon cupcake at one point, but it was a special, not a regular thing. I had a french toast bread pudding with bacon at Blue Smoke but it's gone now. Oh, wait, Gramercy Tavern serves a milk chocolate tart with creme fraiche and bacon. Actually, looking at the menu, I think it's also gone now. Drat.

              Dovetail has a brioche bread pudding with bananas and bacon brittle.

              Dessert Truck has a chocolate bread pudding with bacon crème anglaise.

              Tailor has corn bread ice cream with blueberries and bacon (however I believe they are closing the main dining room for all of July & August).

              Vosges takes its bacon chocolate bar and will make it into a panini.

              When Shake Shack did its pancake custard flavor, they gave me bacon to put on top!

              And you can always get the "pig candy" from Roni-Sue in the Essex Street Market.

              Also the waffle truck just posted to Twitter that they are experimenting with a maple bacon waffle.

              I wonder if you can talk the Donut Plant fellow into making bacon donuts from Flying Pigs product since he's so into Greenmarket ingredients?!

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              1. re: kathryn

                I've talked to Mark from the Donut Plant a few times. When we're there in a couple weeks I will suggest the bacon donut idea to him. I'm sure he's aware of it from the San Francisco donut shop, but I'll see if he has any plans of doing one. It's one of my favorite stops, so that would be great if he busted out a bacon donut.

                1. re: kathryn

                  A couple of nights ago I had the bread pudding w/ bacon custard from the Dessert Truck. It had an interesting smoky flavor, but I think it falls into the category of novelty foods that aren't actually a good idea. For direct comparison my gf had the same thing with a vanilla custard -- hers was genuinely delicious, much better than mine.

                2. I think I saw the same show, although the one I saw featured the maple bacon donuts at Voodoo Donut in Portland, Oregon.

                  Does anyone know if the Donut Plant stocks their donuts in other locations (other than the main store?) I read they sell them at Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca in mid-town but I've never found them anywhere...

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                  1. re: coastalgypsy

                    They definitely sell them elsewhere. I saw them at the Dean & Deluca in Soho.

                    1. re: coastalgypsy

             comments seem to say yes!

                      I've seen them for my own two eyes at Joe the Art of Coffee in Grand Central. But I imagine they're pretty popular so if you go late in the day, maybe they are all sold out?