Over the past couple of years, doughnut shops have popped up all over the city of Boston. And thankfully we aren't talking about the 10,000th Dunkin’ Donuts. We’re talking about pillowy, deep-fried pieces of heaven dipped in rich chocolate and sugary glazes. You can find classic, old school doughnuts like apple cider, jelly and Boston cream or be daring and try inventive flavors like Vietnamese coffee, vegan Pina Colada and orange creamsicle made from scratch every morning with fresh ingredients. These five doughnut shops are not messing around.
Joanne Chang’s bakeries are well known for the rich, gooey sticky buns and the oaty, chocolaty chunky lola cookies – the Everything bagel of cookies with coconut, toasted pecans and chocolate. Another big win here, only sold on Sundays, is the vanilla cream-filled doughnuts that sell out almost immediately. These doughnuts have a crunchy, sugary exterior and a hefty amount of smooth vanilla cream whipped into perfection inside. And while you’re there you might as well grab a sticky bun too.
This doughnut shop holds a special place in many Bostonians’ hearts for two reasons. First, they have a peanut butter & jelly Bismarck doughnut, which might just be the best version of a PB&J known to man. And second, the amazing people behind this shop can craft a 5-foot tall doughnut tree cake for parties. Head to the South End to try out their doughnut ice cream sandwiches and triple chocolate cake.
Fall in New England calls for two things: apple cider doughnuts and hot apple cider. Red Apple Farm provides both and they do not disappoint. With a new location in the Boston Public Market you can get these mini apple cider doughnuts made fresh whenever your heart desires. Or take a trip out to the farm in Phillipston to take a hayride, pick your own pumpkins and eat your weight in apple cider doughnuts.
If you’re looking for cheap, no fuss doughnuts this is your place. This shop specializes in the classics: glazed, chocolate dipped, Boston cream, jelly, lemon and sugar raised. But don’t be fooled by these no frill doughnuts, they are the perfect dense cakes you dream of for breakfast. Priced at 85 cents apiece it’s not hard to walk out of the tiny shop with half a dozen to a dozen. Just make sure you get there before 10 am otherwise you might not get one of the famed honey-dipped.
Union Square boasts intriguing flavors like orange creamsicle, brown butter hazelnut crunch, and pink lemonade. The dough is rich and buttery, similar to brioche, which results in doughnuts with the perfect amount of chew.