A common source of confusion and head scratching, there are multiple ways to spell our beloved treat: donut vs. doughnut. This leads us into the eternal debate, which do you use and when??
There are a few different theories out there on how we should be focusing our spelling (see
Huff Post) but I feel I must share my personal opinion on the matter:
Donut: The classic, laid back, non-assuming, humble friend. Generally speaking, cheap and no-frills. Fried and more often than not served in a nondescript white bag or pink box. Your best friend who knows all your secrets and would never tell a soul. Tried and true.
Doughnut: The fancy, rich dough cousin with the latest iPhone and over a thousand Instagram followers. Funky, innovative flavors. Maybe baked or something else insane like gluten-free (God forbid). Slightly bougie but likable. The cool kid in high school everyone wants to be friends with.
What are your thoughts?? Comment below!
Take Our Poll
Thank you Buzzfeed for
Apple Cider Fritter from
Blue Star Donuts in Portland, OR.
Why: They are made from leftover holes throughout the day so it pulls apart like magic.
Nutella Doughnut from
Hurts Donuts in Springfield, MO
Why: Nutella filled. End of story.
Cafe au Lait from
Dough in Brooklyn, NY
Why: Made with roasted coffee beans and topped with pecan brown sugar.
Evil Elvis from
Hypnotic Donuts in Dallas, TX
Why: Peanut butter, bacon, bananas, and a honey drizzle.
Chocolate Old Fashioned from
Stan’s in Los Angeles, CA (original) and Chicago, IL
Why: Zesty orange with semisweet chocolate.
Bacon Maple Apple from
Dynamo Donut & Coffee in San Francisco, CA
Why: All of the ingredients are incorporated into the dough preparation.
Salted Caramel & Reduced Balsamic Vinegar from
Sublime Doughnuts in Atlanta, GA
Why: Sweet and tangy. And as their tagline says “Eat one that’s worth it.”
Leonard’s Bakery in Honolulu, HI
Why: Crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.
Personal side note: Get one filled with guava and topped with li hing. I dream about the day I get to have another one of these little guys again.
Mojo Donuts in Hollywood, FL
Why: Homemade cookies and cream filling.
Traditional cake from
A Baker’s Wife in Minneapolis, MN
Why: No-frills perfection with the right amount of crunchy.
Hulk Hogan Fudgie Wudgie from
The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck in New York, NY
Why: Vegan and gluten-free options (if you’re into that sort of thing).
Cops & Doughnuts in Clare, MI
Why: Coconut cream topped with chocolate ganache and toasted coconut. Owned 100% by police officers!
Fresh Strawberry from
The Donut Man in Glendora, CA
Why: Fresh, in-season produce handpicked that morning with homemade glaze.
Personal side note: strawberry season is early summer, peach in late summer.
Purple Goat from
Glazed in Charleston, SC
Why: Berry goat cheese filling topped with lavender icing.
Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch from
Union Square Donuts in Somerville, MA
Why: Crispy crunchy hazelnut crumble.
Personal side note: You can also get these donuts at the SOWA market in Boston’s South End late spring to early fall, but go early because they will sell out.
Maple Bacon Bar from
Varsity Donuts in Manhattan, KS
Why: Maple icing, crispy bacon then coming right back for more icing.
Amish Baking Company in Manchester, TN
Why: Available at Bonnaroo!
Apple Fritter from
Randy’s Donuts in Los Angeles, CA
Why: Perfect balance of soft and crunchy… and you can get one through the drive-thru.
Personal side note:
“Hole in the Sky” Anything from
Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock, TX
Why: Everything is bigger in Texas.
Coconut Glazed from
The Downyflake in Nantucket, MA
Why: In the breakfast battle of donut vs toast for your breakfast side, donut always wins.
Cinnamon Caramel from
Rise’n Roll Bakery in Fort Wayne, IN
Why: Caramel icing perfectly coated with cinnamon sugar.
Blueberry Crumble from
Art City Donuts in Utah Valley, UT
Why: Mini donuts traveling around in a food truck.
Frosted Angel Cream from
Paula’s Donuts in Buffalo, NY
Why: They boast a secret ingredient that can’t be found in chain shops and they can be ordered in the size of a cake.
Doughnut of the month from
Krumpe’s Do-nuts in Hagerstown, MD
Why: Seasonal surprises including caramel apple and s’mores.
Maple Bar from
The Original House of Donuts in Lakewood, WA
Why: Local and handmade since the 1950s.
Honey Doughnuts and Fried Chicken from
Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA
Why: Fried chicken with a side choice of naked, seasoned, or glazed.
Little Bigs in Portland, ME
Why: House-made nut and berry granola, greek yogurt, drizzled with honey.
Chestnut Glazed from
Doughnut Vault in Chicago, IL
Why: Nutty notes to counterbalance this sweet classic icing.
Personal side note: FAVORITE. MUST HAVE.
Heavenly Hash from
Gourdough’s in Austin, TX
Why: Marshmallow, chocolate fudge icing topped with fudge candy.
Daddy Dearest from
Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis, MN
Why: BEER cake donut topped with bacon and a buttery crumble.
Ice Cream Sandwich from
Peter Pan Donuts in Brooklyn, NY
Why: You can finally get away with having ice cream for breakfast.
Chipotle Caramel from
Pink Box Doughnuts in Las Vegas, NV
Why: Sugar and spice and everything nice in Sin City.
Hot fresh glazed from
Krispy Kreme in AMERICA
Why: Did you not see that “Fresh Donuts Now” sign?? Hello nostalgia.