Best doughnuts in the U.S.: the delicious dozen
(Photo: Courtesy of Mark Klebeck / Top Pot Doughnut)
Nothing beats a doughnut, whether they're glazed, jelly filled or dressed up in crushed Oreos or a crunchy strip of bacon. These beloved fried pastries took a humble back seat while perfectly crafted cupcakes satisfied sweet savants across the country for the past several years. But as emporiums across the country continue to invent novelty confections, we can't help but think these gourmet delights are replacing cupcakes as the go-to sweet indulgence.
National Donut Day isn't until June 7 this year, but who says you can't start celebrating early? After taking into account bakery reputation, menu variety and online reviews from die-hard doughnut-lovers, we believe that this delicious dozen represents the best of the best.
While some bakeries pride themselves on their unconventional flavor pairings, Top Pot's claim to fame is its classic, "hand-forged" doughnuts. Protected by a crunchy outer shell, these soft doughnuts are some of the Seattle shop's most popular. Admirers of the Old Fashioned variety say these doughnuts have the perfect glaze-to-dough ratio, with a sweetness that isn't overpowering.
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
(Photo: Courtesy of Todd Fuller / Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop)
Admired by Tina Fey, Brooklynites and in-the-know out-of-towners, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop is an unpretentious mom-and-pop shop that specializes in handmade doughnuts. Though the line is often long, devotees of this Brooklyn-based bakery say delicious variations — like cannoli cream and red velvet doughnuts — are worth the wait. And starting in May, you can once again order up another fan favorite: Peter Pan's ice cream doughnut sandwich. A seasonal offering, the sandwich is a cool antidote to summer's sticky humidity.
(Photo: Courtesy of RockoBilly / Voodoo Doughnut)
If you consider yourself a doughnut purist, you may not appreciate the unique toppings offered at Voodoo Doughnut. Though this Oregon bake shop does offer traditional variations like glazed and plain cake doughnuts, Voodoo's more inventive confections are the real reason doughnut-lovers keep coming back. If you're nostalgic for the flavors of your childhood, sample the Voodoo Bubble Doughnut or the Orangatang. The former is coated with vanilla frosting and bubble gum garnish, while the latter is layered with Tang, vanilla frosting and orange sprinkles.