VooDoo Doughnuts (credit: CBS)
June 5 is National Doughnut Day, so what are you doing to celebrate? There used to be a time when you could really only get a handful of types of doughnuts. Glazed, powdered sugar, crème filled and chocolate reigned supreme, and thoughts of crazy toppings like bacon and cereal were far from anyone’s ideal doughnut recipe. Now, however, modern doughnut shops have popped up all over Colorado, offering wacky, creative and truly delicious options for anyone with a sweet tooth and a willingness to wait in line. Luckily, most of those lines move very fast and you’ll be home with your coveted box of treats faster than you can say, “Maple-glazed-bacon-chocolate-crème-filled, please.”
1520 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
When Voodoo Doughnut first opened in Denver, it certainly made a splash, and for good reason. The creative concoctions takes the world of the traditional glazed doughnut and turns those old recipes on their heads. Fill your pink doughnut box with Bacon Maple Bars, covered in fresh maple-glazed bacon, or try one of the signature cereal treats like The Loop doughnut or the Captain My Captain. There are so many crazy treats that you’ll be hightailing it back to the bright Colfax store in the middle of the night just to get your fix of 24-hour doughnut cravings. Voodoo certainly didn’t invent the doughnut, but they did make it more creative.
Glazed & Confuzed
5301 Leetsdale Drive
Denver, CO 80246
Capitalizing on the “silly equals delicious” recipe for doughnuts, Glazed & Confuzed offers up lots of wonderful recipes to tantalize your sweet tooth. Specialty doughnuts include items like the Mojito with a rum, fresh lime and mint-infused glaze, or the Guava D’s Nutz with a guava glaze and salted nuts. Make sure to try the Elvis Has Left, which comes with Nutter Butter Fluff and chocolate covered bananas or the Confuzed Samoa, which is a tribute to everyone’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and is a caramel glazed doughnut with toasted coconut and chocolate drizzle. This local shop is a great way to get your doughnut fix, and the creative and tasty recipes will have you crawling back for more, again and again.
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Fractured Prune Doughnuts
4090 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246
This brand new doughnut shop just opened in Denver, but it’s already getting a lot of buzz. Instead of showing up to a case full of pre-made doughnuts, you get to create your own, so the options are endless. Pick your glaze, then choose your toppings and enjoy your own brilliant creation of sweet, sugary madness. Or, if you aren’t feeling particularly creative, you can always select a made-to-order favorite like Salted Caramel, Dulce De Leche, or the always-popular Bacon Bomb. The fun comes when you get to watch them make your special creation right in front of you. There aren’t a lot of places to sit and eat there, so plan on grabbing your magical creations to go, then just find a nice spot to enjoy the beautiful Colorado sun and your own made-to-order sugary treat.
9625 E. Arapahoe Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
If wacky creations and silly toppings aren’t your thing, and you just want a simple doughnut done really well, then head over to Donut Maker. This local shop has been offering the classics since 1988. The original glazed is always tasty, as are other classics like Bavarian Crème, Lemon Filled, or the always-messy powdered sugar covered doughnut. You can get a few specials like the White Fluff Filled or the Maple Iced with coconut, peanuts and sprinkles, but this is one of those wonderful old fashioned doughnut shops that is simply serving up delicious classics at great prices.
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746 Peoria St.
Aurora, CO 80011
Another wonderful local shop that specializes in simple, classic doughnuts, City Donuts is the place to stop if you are near Aurora. You can get both raised and cake doughnuts here, with everything from maple glaze to cinnamon crumb. Or try the fritters and other fancier style treats if you want something a little more decadent. Grab a Pineapple Fritter, a Bear Claw or one of the many jelly filled options and you’ll have all the sweets you’ll need to cure that craving. When you’re looking for a treat, make sure to stop by City Donuts, and grab a dozen or two to share with all your friends back at the office.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.