*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana
The donut (doughnut?) craze is alive and well here in Chicago, but have they become the new cupcake? Personally, I don’t think so, because I enjoy cupcakes and donuts all the same. When I was a kid, donuts were from that chain place that starts with a "D." The "D" had so many choices; my go to was the jelly donut or a chocolate glazed cake donut if the jelly was unavailable. I learned of fancy bakery donuts while in high school; a classmate worked at a local bakery and well, she was my donut connection for at least a year.
In the last few years specialty/gourmet/pillows of happiness donut shops have been popping up all over the place in Chicago, every one featuring their own spin on the classics, along with some new and innovative flavor/flavor combinations you’ll never find at the “D.” Here’s a peek at some of the deliciousness I’ve experienced over the few months, I know there are many more shops out there that I need to try ASAP!
The second pic, the jelly donut? To die for, one of the best I've ever had! The one shown below was raspberry blood orange. Below that is the Maple Glazed Pineapple and Bacon. I tried that one at Baconfest and, well, WOW. Savory and sweet in the same bite rocks the block for me
Don't forget about the food trucks! The peanut Butter & Jelly and S'mores from Beavers Donuts are both delish!
Glazed & Infused Donuts
Glazed & Infused is a favorite at my office, especially the Maple Bacon Long John! Yes!
The third pic is a little deceiving, and it was a delight! It's a donut, so you think it's sweet, but it's actually a savory donut! Savory herb dough, with a ham and cheddar glaze. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but I really liked it! It was a limited edition donut, I hope they bring it back soon! The fourth pic displays the Red Velvet donut with cream cheese frosting, another must try if you're a fan of red velvet cake!
Do-Rite is also another favorite in the office; can't go wrong with these beauties! So good! The first pic is the Candied Maple Bacon cruller, followed by the Pistachio Meyer Lemon. Up next is a classic, the Old Fashioned, but dipped in fabulous Valrhona chocolate! And last, but certainly not least is the chocolate glazed, also coated in Valrhona chocolate.
I hope you enjoy some of the specialty donuts out there; leave a comment with your favorites, even if you're not in Chicago! I love to travel and would love to someday visit the donut shops in your town!