Donut Pass Up These Sweet Treats
Every year on the first Friday in June, our nation celebrates National Donut (or Doughnut) Day. This holiday celebrates the edible circular-shaped dough that is fried and sweetened and also honors members of the Salvation Army who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Today, donuts come in a magnificent variety so that everyone can find a pastry to their liking. Celebrate National Donut Day this year by a trip or two to these local donut shops.
Head to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina for a frosted covered sensation from Joey-Bag-a-Donuts. Joey's offers a huge variety of flavored donuts, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, cappuccinos, lattes, chai tea lattes, fruit smoothies, juices, and sodas. Make sure to try a bacon maple donut or yummy bagel sandwich.
Joe's Doughs, located in the iconic NoDa neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina is a handcrafted artisanal donut shop with donuts fried every hour. They use only the finest ingredients to create flavors that are totally outside the box. Prepare to swoon when you try the chocolate glazed and the almond joy.
Head to Matthews, North Carolina to visit Your Mom's Donuts and experience some gourmet sweet rolls. At Your Mom's Donuts, they believe that every donut should be a masterpiece, with no preservatives or artificial flavors. The shop uses local ingredients to make their giant square-shaped donuts that come in standard flavors like salted caramel and rotating flavors like peppermint white chocolate with coconut.
Britt's Donuts, located on the Boardwalk at Carolina Beach, North Carolina, has been serving hot fresh donuts since 1939. People drive from all over the state to try these steaming hot delicacies. This family-owned establishment makes their donuts with a secret glaze that customers keep coming back for again and again.
Boone, North Carolina's Local Lion makes their donuts from scratch with handcrafted dough, jams, custards and glazes. Local Lion never uses preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oils. Try their delicious potato donuts and sour cream buttermilk cake donuts.
Glazed Gourmet serves up high-quality artisan donuts to the greater Charleston, South Carolina area. They pride themselves on crazy and unconventional culinary creations using only natural ingredients. While you are there, taste a Praline Old Fashioned, a Far East Peach, or even a donut cake!
Cruise over to Goose Creek, South Carolina, for fresh and hot pastries at the Donut Connection. The friendly team there cooks up freshly made donuts, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and locally roasted coffee at affordable prices. The apple fritters and the Boston creme varieties are out of this world.
Duck Donuts locations are spreading across the Eastern United States and for good reason. Duck's serves made-to-order donuts in a clean, courteous, family-friendly atmosphere. Design your own donut or pick from their many mouth-watering varieties, like blueberry with powdered sugar or chocolate, peanuts, and salted caramel drizzle.
Vortex Doughnuts is deeply committed to bringing the highest quality donuts to the Asheville area and also offers signature espresso drinks and coffees. Choose your donut flavor from their daily chalkboard specials, or ask the knowledgeable staff for their recommendations. They serve unique varieties like espresso and coconut and even offer vegan and gluten-free options.
If you are from the South, you are familiar with Krispy Kreme donuts. Krispy Kreme started right here in North Carolina and now is a global company and coffeehouse chain. Krispy Kreme's signature Original Glazed has been copied but never replicated and continues to attract fans from all over the world.
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