As doughnuts have taken their rightful place beside cupcakes as the latest dessert fad, gourmet, homemade, and natural varieties continue to pop up around the country. Some shops are going beyond your typical glazed, powdered, and old-fashioned assortment, turning out weird doughnut flavors that are just as delicious as they are strange. Check out some of the unusual, yet delectable, treats ranging in flavors from cereal to tea and even candy.
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Thiago Silva, pastry chef at The General in New York City, based his playful doughnut flavors on his breakfast of choice. “I wanted to stick to the breakfast theme, and I thought about how I always ate cereal for breakfast when I was on the go. Therefore I designed cereal-inspired doughnuts so people could come in and grab doughnuts before they start their day,” he said.
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This gorgeous donut, with its deep purple interior, hails from Hawaii. The Kamehameha Bakery in Honolulu makes Poi (a mixture of taro root and water) doughnuts, which get their color and flavor from the bright taro root.
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The folks at Glazed Gourmet in Charleston, South Carolina, have fried up some rather odd, yet appetizing, creations. One example is the purple goat, a lavender glazed doughnut filled with a berry goat cheese filling. The menu also features tiramisu, a doughnut version of the Italian dessert, and the Irish Car Bomb, which would not be complete without homemade Baily’s Irish Cream and a Guinness glaze.
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Another cereal-topped treat, the ‘Mello Submarine is meant to “snap, crackle, and pop” with every bite. This menu offering from Psycho Donuts in California is meant to mimic a Rice Krispie Treat. Psycho Donuts also serves a Strawberry Margarita (yes there’s tequila and salt in the glaze) and a Dead Elvis, which is cream-filled and topped with bacon, bananas, peanut butter, and jelly.
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Green tea isn’t just for drinking. This Matcha Green tea doughnut served at Doughnut Plant in New York City has the rich flavor of green tea in the cake and the glaze.
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In addition to fun and unexpected flavors like Trail Mix and Banana Nut Bread, customers at Fractured Prune locations in Maryland can create their own tasty flavors. Just choose from one of the 10 toppings and 15 glazes for your fried-to-order treat.
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These circles of dough might not be fried (they are steamed or baked), but fonuts were inspired by their less healthy counterparts. In addition to all the usual flavors, Fonuts, in Los Angeles, also makes savory varieties, like Rosemary Olive Oil and Chorizo Cheddar, that completely change how we think about doughnuts.
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Voodoo Doughnut in Oregon is known for its out-of-the-box fried creations. While you can find the more typical glazed and powdered varieties, stranger offerings, like the doughnut topped with bubble gum dust and an actual piece of gum, are more enticing. Or you can try the Arnold Palmer (pictured), which is topped with vanilla frosting and lemonade and iced tea dusts.
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Dun Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn, New York, offers a lot of unique doughnut flavors. Are you a fan of black licorice? Then they’ve got the doughnut for you. They also have flavors based on sodas, coffee drinks, candy, and pies. And you’d never guess that these doughnuts are 100 percent vegan.
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All of Dymano Donut’s flavors are creative, including Lemon Pistachio (pictured). But these natural, homemade treats also come in some slightly more unusual combinations. The San Francisco shop has a lemon curd-filled doughnut with Sichuan spice on top and Molasses Guinness Pear, which boasts a real Guinness glaze and Guinness-soaked pears.
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Chicago’s Doughnut Vault knows how to please customers with old-fashioned flavors that stray from typical doughnut offerings. They make a Dreamsicle-inspired doughnut as well as a sprinkle-covered birthday cake version.
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Like the name suggests, the doughnuts from Doughnuttery, in New York City, are in fact a little nutty, but in a good way! They serve up strangely delicious miniature inventions and wow customers with flavor combinations like maple, bacon, and purple potatoes (Purple Pig) or pineapple, wasabi, and ginger (Pineapple Pow).
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At Sweetwater’s Donut Mill in Michigan, they are mixing one dessert with another beloved sweet — candy. Their candy-inspired doughnuts come in a variety of flavors that are meant to evoke memories of Snickers, Mounds, and more.
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Without the toppings, doughnuts from the Street Donuts truck in Seattle would be just your typical, well-made, fried sweet. But their add-ons really make for a fun experience. Try the nerd-vanilla glaze (pictured) to add a little candy crunch to your doughnut. Or you can go the more savory route and add spices like curry, ginger, or cardamom.
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Need an excuse to eat a doughnut for breakfast? What if it was modeled after another breakfast item? The French Toast from Seattle’s Mighty-O lets customers enjoy a morning sit-down favorite on the go.
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Federal Donuts in Philadelphia also likes to work with flavors that are already known for other culinary uses. Their tempting offerings include Chocolate Peanut Butter, Raspberry Lemonade, and French Toast.
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