If you had to think of the most celebratory snack that adds festivity and color to every occasion, I'm sure donuts will pop to your mind. The endless options, customized to every holiday, along with the classic flavors, make every bite a delight and every assortment of donuts, instagram worthy. That might be the reason why those treats got two national days dedicated to them. The first and original one is celebrated on the first friday of June, in honor of the Salvation Army members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. So why a second day? Well, the food holiday historian John Bryan Hopkins claimed that the Novermber 5th date can be found as early as the 1930s as the official donuts day. So which one is it? I guess it doesn't really matter, as long as we get to enjoy them. So in honor of Novermber 5th, the "other" National Donut Day, here are some of the top shops to check out.
A family business who has been passed down for three generations since 1961. The first location has been opened in New Castle, Indiana. Now they have locations all around the United States where you can indulge in the delicious donuts and enjoy the family atmosphere.
With over 30 Years of experience, this is a family owned and operated shop. It became a neighborhood staple in Los Angeles and gained popularity all around. They are also open 24 hours so you can satisfy your cravings at any hour. They have one of the most unique selections of donuts I have ever seen, so get your camera ready as well. They are also very active on Instagram so make sure to follow them. Located at 3540 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA.
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If you happen to be in Westport, CT make sure to check out this local donut shop. With positive reviews all around, this is the perfect location for a coffee break with a side of sweetness. You can also enjoy their breakfast sandwiches and other morning items. But make sure to live room for the important stuff! 343 Main St, Westport, CT
Featured in many magazines and publications, this donut shop is definitely worth the calories. An amazingly wide vareity of donuts, each one of you will find the exact one for him. The menu includes holed donuts, filled donuts, cake donuts, and baked goods. Also, make sure to check out the customized holiday ones. If you want, they also offer deliveries, for catering and personal consumption. Check them out at 2918 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90049.
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You can probably guess from the name that this is not a regular donut shop. Known for its eclectic decor, this place offers a full experience of amazing donuts and a good vibe. It now has 8 locations around the US, with 3 of them in Portland, OR, including a Food Cart. Apart from the wide varity of donuts offered, you can also find quite a few vegan options.
If you are looking for an organic option, you arrived to the right place. All the mixes and glazes are made here using organic ingredients. Their main focus is the environment and nature, and you can feel it in the quality of the products. You can choose from multiple vanilla cake donuts, chocolate cake donuts, and other specialty donuts. You can also order online. They currently have 4 locations in the Seattle area, with a fifth one soon to be opened.
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No way you can write an article about amazing donuts without mentioning Krispy Kreme. From the first location in North Carolina in 1937, this empire took the US by storm and further expanded world wide. The glazed classical ones are a personal favorite.
Coming to you from the Bay area, this place sets to revolutionize the donut experience with an innovative donut selection. Their focus on art and creativity is featured in the design of the donuts. They have some of the craziest combinations I have ever seen and they don't shy away from giving their donuts unique names. They are also active community members, supporting youth and low-income residents through donations. Make sure to check one of their Bay area locations.