Voodoo Doughnut’s Portland Cream was the only donut from Portland, Oregon to be named on our ranking of America's 25 best
Voodoo Doughtnut's Portland Cream is one of the best donuts in America.
What, exactly, is a donut? At The Daily Meal, we define a donut as an item that you would expect to see in a donut shop: the familiar ones we know and love (of both the raised and cake varieties), like crullers, apple fritters, and other donut-shop classics — you know them when you see them.
So, in order to assemble our most-recent ranking of the 25 best in the country, we more than doubled the number on the previous list from the year before. We stuck to strict criteria in looking for the best individual donuts in America: Freshness is key; are these legendary donuts — ones that inspire cultish devotion to the shop that sells them? We considered both plain glazed and extravagantly topped creations, but there needs to be a balance between all the components, be it bacon or blueberry jelly. Most importantly, these donuts need to be almost too good: fresh, soft, gooey, perfectly proportioned, and intended to leave you wanting just one more bite. There were over two dozen we believed deserved to be included on our list, and as it turns out, one can be found in Portland, Oregon.
One of the most famous donut shops in the country, this tiny, quirky donut stand is never without a line, and customers are rewarded for their patience with some of the most outlandish donut creations in existence. Voodoo Doughnut’s Portland Cream, a luscious take on Boston Cream, has been named the city’s official donut by the mayor, and is so beloved that it offers an extensive selection of on-brand merchandise, including a belt buckle. There are currently four other outposts, but you’ll want your first Portland Cream experience to be at the original.
It’s so good, it made it to #15 on our national list, and since it’s the only one from the city to make our ranking, it’s also the title winner of the best donut in Portland.
Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland: America’s Best Doughnut?
There are a lot of good doughnuts out there, trust me, I’ve eaten my fair share of them. When it comes to “everyday donuts”, you have your classics like Dunkin’, Entenmann’s, and the quintessential purveyor of hot and fresh melty delights, Krispy Kreme. Occasionally though you want something more, something special. You go out looking for the doughnut that leaves you wondering whether you just ate a doughnut at all or something entirely different. You have to seek out that special shop that comes along and decides to push the envelope. I’ve found that shop. Heck in this case they’ve taken the old envelope, shredded it, burned it, and then scattered the ashes. If you haven’t tried a Voodoo Doughnut yet, you need to skiddaddle over to Portland, find the original location, and eat one of America’s Best Doughnuts RIGHT NOW!
So what makes me an authority on doughnuts? Officially? Nothing. Unless you count eating a LOT of them from all over the country, in that case, I’m your resident donutologist. :-) So what makes Voodoo Doughnuts special? Well, it’s the same thing that makes Grandma’s Special Thanksgiving Stuffing, or Mom’s home baked apple pie, so good. One word: Love! Dont just take my word for it though. Ask , Anthony Bourdain or Adam Richman and they’ll tell ya the same. Not enough street cred for you? How about, Food and Wine mag or Bon Appetit? So what can you expect when you visit Voodoo Doughnuts? Well for starters bring cash and plan on waiting in line. This place is always busy. Once you get inside you’ll be greeted by lots of funky decor (typical of Portland) and a plethora of fresh made choices on their menu.
If the menu doesn’t help you (many of the doughnuts featured at Voodoo have pretty cryptic names) there’s also a large display case to help, or hurt, you to make a decision.
If you’re not sure what to order, the staff is super friendly and happy to make a recommendation. We decided to try two totally different doughnuts, and see what Voodoo was all about. Lauren started with their namesake, the Voodoo Doughnut. What’s a Voodoo Doughnut you ask? Well, take a jelly doughnut shaped like a little guy, pump it full of fresh raspberry jelly, decorate him in a fun and freaky way, then stab him with a salty pretzel, and viola, you have a Voodoo Doughnut!
So how does it taste? We’ll ask Lauren after she takes her fist bite.
Do the words Voodoo Masterpiece convince you? How about bloody delicious! I believe her exact words went something like this “His sweet and sugary deliciousness made me want to seek out and consume his entire Voodoo clan! “. The Voodoo Doughnut had everything you are looking for in a doughnut kicked up a notch. It was excellent. Soft, fresh, and satisfying. When it was my turn to order, I decided to try something exotic and mysterious. I took a look in the case found exactly what I was looking for staring right back at me, the “No Name Doughnut” had my name written all over it.
The “No Name” doughnut is a raised yeast doughnut, dipped in chocolate, coated in rice krispies, then drizzled with peanut butter. I took one bite and I was hooked. First of all, the marriage of chocolate and peanut butter is a classic that’s hard to beat, but that’s not what made this doughnut so amazing. It was the the texture combination of the soft and yielding yeast against the crispy rice that elevated the “No Name” into the doughnut pantheon. I actually found myself contemplating whether this was a doughnut at all, or some new exotic kind of candy bar.
If that wasn’t enough reason to love Voodoo Doughnuts they managed to do something else to make me want to return again and again. They managed to mix two of my favorite things: Doughnuts and Beer! Yup! They partnered with Portland’s own Rouge Brewery to produce a special line of Voodoo themed beers.
How was the beer? We’ll that’s a whole other post my friends. :-) If the two doughnuts I described above weren’t enough reason for you to give Voodoo a shot, just consider the names of some of their other tasty delights. You know, with names like Mexican Hot Chocolate, Old Dirty Bastard, and Miami Vice you can’t go wrong! Let’s just say my waist line is glad that Portland is 3000 miles away from home! Want more info? Take a look at their Voodoo website for all your doughnut 411.
Have you had your very own Voodoo Experience? Tell us all about it in the comments below.
Voodoo Doughnuts: Good Things Come in Pink Boxes
Every Oregon native, or anyone that may have caught the recent story about Oregon on the Food Channel, knows this famous urban destination: Voodoo Doughnuts.
Doughnut shop, you say? Yes. Now that I have your attention — I’d like to introduce a little piece of weirdness right here in Eugene, conveniently located near campus.
An original Portland, Oregon establishment, Voodoo Doughnuts started in 2003 as a tiny hole in the wall. It serves doughnuts 24/7 on the streets of Burnside to the drunken crowds coming from the bar scene, or to travelers looking for a midnight snack while exploring the city. The line there usually runs into the street at all hours of the day and has became an identifying trademark of one of Portland’s hottest and most distinctive destinations.
Now, 11 years later, Voodoo has expanded to a second Portland location and has brought its unique atmosphere to Eugene. Located just downtown on the corner of Broadway and Willamette, Voodoo is only a late night walk away from becoming your favorite new night spot.
Let’s talk about the vibe. Eugene folk love our hipster, alternative hangout spots and this is one which will make everyone’s mouth water.
Bright colors splatter the walls and the charismatic decor features gnomes climbing ladders and a random holiday decoration of two deer balancing red solo cups on their backs. These, and many more quirky signs and statues intrigue the visitors who come in for the ultimate doughnut experience.
Skipping to the sweet part: the doughnuts. Perhaps the best word to describe Voodoo’s doughnuts is “bizarre.”
The best way I can put it, besides absolutely mouth-watering and amazing, is that they are the ideal doughnuts for satisfying college kids’ cravings at the conclusion of those wild, late Friday nights.
The doughnuts have clever names such as “The Dirty Bastard” and “Cock and Balls.” There is also a nameless but unforgettable giant maple bar topped with bacon grabbing the attention of the students and townies alike.
Donughts loaded with Nerds, (the throwback candy we all remember), or Captain Crunch cereal resting on top of peanut-butter slathered pastries will have you smacking your lips with satisfaction for hours.
The best way I have found to decide which doughnuts to choose is by asking the employees to pick for me, by requesting ‘”the Voodoo dozen.” There is a discounted price on this collection of a dozen doughnuts, but the catch is that a Voodoo Doughnuts employee gets to pick them all for you.
Or, if you are feeling simple, you can opt to get a traditional maple bar or old-fashioned doughnut.
Whether you are feeling weird enough for a Oreo and Rice Krispy doughnut or just in the mood for a more classic choice, make Voodoo Doughnuts your next midnight stop.
The Buttery Truth Behind Portland, OR's Best Doughnuts
If you've visited Portland, Oregon of late, chances are you've spotted your fair share of people triumphantly toting around a prized pink box of Voodoo doughnuts. Maybe you've even been one such person, which makes what I'm about to say all the more pressing: Voodoo is for tourists, and if you think they're the city's best, you're missing out. Sure, the novelty factor of a schlong-shaped doughnut might be intriguing, but ultimately, it's just not worth the wait.
For quality doughnuts that are infinitely more delicious, Blue Star Donuts is where you want to be. And now that there are two locations, there's really no excuse to miss out.
What sets these doughnuts apart from the competition is as much the unique and exactingly processed brioche dough—think resplendently rich, springy, greaseless doughnuts that still manage to taste light and well-balanced—as it is the inventive glazes and fillings that do them such remarkable justice.
We figured it was high time to pay Blue Star a visit and catch the team in action.
Most doughnut shops have a fairly simple dough production process, but Blue Star's brioche dough demands a lot more time and attention. Brioche doughnuts are akin to your typical yeast doughnut (as opposed to their cake-based brethren), only enriched to the nth degree—we're talking more eggs, less water, and a whole lot more butter. In Blue Star's case, that's European-style butter from Larsen's Creamery, which has a higher fat content than the regular, American-style stuff. "If you are making French brioche, you want to use the right butter," pastry chef Stephanie Donlan explains. The result is a denser, richer doughnut that stands up to Donlan's carefully curated menu of fruity glazes and creamy fillings.
Using one dough recipe simplifies the process somewhat, but even so, the production is much more involved than your standard doughnut shop—from start to finish, the process takes two days, including a 15-hour stint in the fridge.
The dough is made with the same technique that bakeries use to make brioche dough the main difference is that a bakery will, you know, bake it, while Donlan drops those babies in the fryer. The order in which the ingredients are combined is crucial to getting the right result. Dry ingredients—Shepherd's Grain High Gluten flour, sugar, salt, and yeast—go into the mixer first, where they take spin with the dough hook.
Donlan explains that she doesn't put much sugar into her mixture, so that when the doughnuts are ultimately dipped and/or filled, they don't veer into sickeningly sweet territory. Next, she adds a pour of whole milk from Sunshine Dairy, flavored with a touch of orange extract, along with beaten and strained cage-free eggs from Stiebrs Farms, a bit of mace, and some Nielsen-Massey vanilla paste. Thanks to those flavoring agents, Blue Star's doughnuts have a robust complexity that's virtually unrivaled in the Portland area, with or without a glaze to top.
The next step is butter. Heaps of it. Because of the sheer volume, this is the most time-consuming step: butter is sliced into several thin squares so it can be slipped through the bowl guard without disrupting the dough hook, which runs at a low speed. Butter is added gradually, a bit at a time, to it's evenly mixed and distributed. Once it's all in the bowl, the speed is cranked up for the final spin cycle.
After the dough has achieved a nice, homogenous consistency, it's balled up, wrapped in plastic, and left to sit on the counter for about three hours. During this time, the yeast is actively feeding on the carbohydrates in the dough, releasing bubbles of carbon dioxide in the process. Those bubbles are what gives the dough its light, airy structure. Aging the dough also helps to develop its flavor. "While the yeast is feeding, the dough is developing a 'yeasty' flavor, just as a sourdough loaf would," Donlan explains.
But the three hours the dough spends counter-side is merely the first step in the fermentation process. Next, it's transferred to the fridge for another 15 hours, where it continues its aging process. The cool temperatures slow the yeast's activity, but it's still working away. Stephanie says the dough could be technically be removed before the allotted time is up, but she's found that 15 hours is the sweet spot for both flavor- and texture-development.
The next morning, the giant balls of dough are rolled out into sheets and cut into rounds with a standard pastry cutter—the same method you'd use at home. The shop doesn't sell doughnut holes, but the punched out circles and other scraps are used to make the shop's Hard Apple Cider Fritters.
After the dough has been cut and put onto trays, it hangs out to proof, or rise, for a few hours in a traditional dough proofer. The warm, humid conditions of the proofer accelerate the activity of the yeast, causing the rings of dough to puff up considerably, virtually doubling in size.
Donlan fries her doughnuts in rice oil at a nice, low temperature (240-260°F, depending on the type of doughnut). She opts for rice oil because it has a neutral flavor and high smoke point, which makes it ideal for large-batch frying and is easy to reuse. Frying at a low temperature, contrary to common belief, actually minimizes oil absorption into the dough. Bakers overseeing the frying process use long wooden sticks to flip the doughnuts over—a preferred tool of the trade, which gently manipulates the rounds without squashing or damaging them in the process. Unsurprisingly, it smells extra delicious in this area of the shop.
After the doughnuts emerge from the fryer, they're ready to be dipped right into big tubs of glaze like passion fruit, maple, or lemon, and filled with creamy custards or mousse. Blue Star's fruit glazes are made with fresh fruit and powdered sugar—no purées or processed syrups. The Blueberry, Basil & Bourbon glaze, for instance, is made with just that: fresh blueberries, fresh basil, powdered sugar, and a splash of Bulleit bourbon (though not too much, because kids order it, too!). The balance between blueberry and basil is about 50/50, which gives the doughnuts a refreshing, herbaceous kick. Fillings, like the pistachio cheesecake and vanilla custard, are cooked on the stovetop, (as is the bacon for the maple bacon doughnuts), in a giant stock pot, several pounds at a time.
When the doors finally swing open at 8 a.m., mobs form at the front counter, doughnuts fly out of their trays into eager hands, and the feeding frenzy begins. Stephanie says finished doughnuts stay fresh for up to two days, but their lifespan in the shop is often much shorter. During my visit, the crew had just finished cranking out a massive order of 50 dozen doughnuts, which went directly from being dipped into boxes so they could be sent out for delivery. A second, afternoon, round of production keeps most flavors in stock until the evening.
Each day, 15 to 20 different flavors are available. If you're not sure what to choose, look no further than Stephanie's current favorites. Love a creamy filling? She recommends the Cointreau Crème Brûlée. It's one of the shop's signature doughnuts, with a crunchy, torched-sugar top, a filling of rich, house-made vanilla custard, and a pipette of Cointreau syrup that's sweetened with Madagascar vanilla beans. More one for refreshing, fruity flavors? Try the Pistachio Cheesecake. The nutty, tangy filling is complemented by sweet-tart hibiscus glaze on top. The Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib is also an excellent choice for the fruit-inclined, offering some bitterness to counter the bold glaze, with a pinch of cayenne pepper for some tingly heat.
Voodoo Doughnut Serves the Best Donut in Portland, Ore. - Recipes
If you are ever in Portland, you must visit Voodoo Doughnuts.
Located downtown just off the corner of 3 rd and Burnside (on the southwest corner of the intersection), Voodoo Doughnuts is a Portland landmark! More than that, Voodoo Doughnuts is a Portland tradition—you must stop in and have a doughnut if you are in the Portland area.
What makes Voodoo Doughnuts so special? Is it the voodoo juice the owners claim to have shipped when they began their business? Maybe. Maybe it is their in-your-face personality and refusal to conform to the likes of chains like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts. You’ll find more than simple glazed confections here. You can get a maple bar with bacon on it, a doughnut topped with fruit loops, a doughnut in the shape of a voodoo doll, or their infamous pastry shaped like *ahem* certain parts of the male anatomy (one of their best sellers- go figure).
Portland’s motto is “Keep Portland Weird,” and Voodoo Doughnuts takes that very seriously. Not only can you get any kind of doughnut you want (if they don’t have it, you can call ahead and request that a special doughnut be made) but you can buy a variety of apparel and take Swahili lessons! For the extremely Voodoo Doughnut enamored, the eatery offers one hundred percent legal weddings!
Pricewise, Voodoo Doughnuts is more than reasonable. Prices start at eighty five cents and go up to five dollars, depending on the doughnut you want!
Situated between the Paris Theater and Berbati’s Pan, Voodoo Doughnuts can be easy to miss if you aren’t sure what you are looking for. Look for the red door in the brick wall and the small sign that says, simply, “Voodoo Doughnuts” above the door.
Portland, Oregon – Voodoo Doughnut
Voodoo Doughnut in known to locals, tourists, and even celebrities as a world “class” institution for donuts. Friends Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon are the master creators behind these world-famous doughnuts. They have opened two Voodoo Doughnut store fronts in Portland specializing in the most outrageous, provocative, politically incorrect and absolutely hilarious doughnuts that people from all over the world just love.
All donuts are handmade into odd shapes and sizes (such as a Voodoo doll), with random toppings (such as Captain Crunch and bacon) and controversial names to follow (such as Old Dirty Bastard).
It has captured the attention of well known American television networks including ESPN, Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Food Network as well as gracing the pages of Food & Wine Magazine and Modern Baking. It’s even showcased in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the City of Portland officially declared the Portland Crème as the official Doughnut of the city.
Voodoo Doll, Mango Tango and the famous Bacon Maple Bar doughnuts.
Living in Vancouver, BC these doughnuts are not easily accessible, but thank goodness there’s Kim from I’m Only Here for the Food! – a friend and food blogger who I’ve also borrowed the photos from. He was in Portland and was nice enough to bring some of these famous Voodoo Doughnuts back for us to try. I requested the Bacon Maple Bar – THE most popular and MUST TRY donut from Voodoo Doughnut, as well as the Mango Tango and Dirty Snowball.
The Texas Challenge (a giant doughnut, equals 6 dougnuts in size, and if you finish it in 80 seconds or less they give you your money back) caught my eye since I just had the REAL version of the actual Texas Donut they mimicked – see the Round Rock Texas-Sized Donut.
Lemon Chiffon Crueller and Marshall Matters (M&M’s/”Eminem”)
So after all that hype, was Voodoo Doughnut tres excellent or THE BEST donuts I’ve ever had? No. The Round Rock Texas-Sized Donut from Lone Star Bakery in Austin, Texas is still the best donut I’ve ever had to date, although I only tried their one donut.
Voodoo Doughnut offers novelty doughnuts, but they’re still very good, fun and definitely memorable, however I appreciate the creativity more than the taste. The doughnuts themselves are actually quite regular and actually not that sweet (which is good), but what they do with them and the names they give them is literally and figuratively sweet!
Cock-N-Balls, Triple Chocolate Penetration, and even Gay Bar with rainbow Fruit Loops on top? The names are so inappropriate, but it totally works! I mean the recipes could have been invented by a 5 year old, or a drunk or high guy, and all of them can easily be recreated at home by simply using your favourite donut and adding the appropriate toppings. Nonetheless Voodoo Doughnut is still known locally, nationally and world-wide for their out of ordinary doughnuts with outrageous names.
On the table:
Voodoo Doll – 3/6
- Raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake! (characteristics of Voodoo Dolls are all different) – $1.75USD
- This is one of their signature donuts.
- The yeast doughnut wasn’t as fluffy as I wanted, but it was quite moist and almost like white bread since it’s not sweetened with much sugar.
- It’s generously filled with lots of raspberry jelly that’s supposed to represent the blood. It’s a very thick jelly and I could see the raspberry seeds, but it still tasted a bit fake and it was more sweet than tart. If you like raspberry chocolate you’ll like this donut, however the raspberry does dominate the chocolate.
- My favorite part was actually getting to the pretzel stake because it gave a salty bite and crunch to the sweet donut. I wanted the Voodoo Doll to come with it’s own package of pretzel stakes so I could voodoo the crap out of him and make it taste even better.
**Bacon Maple Bar – 6/6
- Raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting and bacon on top! $2.50USD
- The most popular, most famous and must try donut. It’s about the size of a regular Long John donut.
- This was awesome! The donut itself is not sweet but the maple icing (not a fluffy frosting) they put on top is extremely sweet and it’s more sugary with a hint of Maple flavour. They top the donut off with 2 thick slices of crispy bacon and it’s delicious! It’s sweet and savoury and since the donut is made from yeast it’s almost like eating bacon and maple syrup on top of semi-fluffy fried white bread. The smoky and salty bite of bacon is the perfect contrast to offset the very sweet maple icing. The bacon actually makes the donut better and I wouldn’t even want to eat it without it because it would be too sweet.
- I actually would prefer if they crumbled the bacon and sprinkled it over so i could have a bite of bacon in every bite.
- Remake it at home: Buy your favourite Maple Donut, fry 2 thick slices of bacon and put it on top of the donut.
- For a more sophisticated version – try the Stuffed French Toast with Bacon & Maple Syrup offered for brunch Giraffe’s Restaurant in White Rock, BC.
Old Dirty Bastard – 4.5/6 (top corner, 12 o’clock position)
- Raised yeast doughnut with chocolate frosting, Oreo’s and peanut butter! $1.75USD
- This is not as sweet as it looks, although it gets sweeter and sweeter as you eat it. The peanut butter drizzle give it’s a saltiness that makes it not as sweet, and the doughnut itself is not really sweet either.
- The doughnut is somewhat fluffy and quite moist, but it’s not the highlight. The Oreo’s are actually very soft so it matched the softness of the doughnut and the flavours blend well together. They give a lot of roughly chopped Oreo topping, and peanut butter and chocolate (think Reese’s Pieces) is a great combination to begin with.
Dirty Snowballs – 3.5/6 (the 2 light pink ones with coconut & peanut butter swirls in the middle)
- Chocolate cake doughnut with marshmallow topping, dipped in coconut and a dollop of peanut butter in the middle! $1.50USD
- This was the least sweet of the bunch and it was also a tad smaller than a regular sized donut.
- This one was a cake doughnut and it was very dry especially with the added dried coconut flakes and peanut butter dollop. It really sticks to your throat and the peanut butter totally overpowers the coconut and chocolate taste. The marshmallow topping looks like pink icing and it was completely lost in the donut.
- I really loved having the salty creamy peanut butter with something sweet, but the peanut butter just dominated all the other flavours and made it dry and hard to chew and swallow… that sounds really bad, but it was.
- The chocolate cake isn’t sweet and it’s quite bland, and if I’m comparing cake donuts, than Top Pot Doughnuts are much better.
Mango Tango – 1/6
- Raised yeast doughnut filled with mango jelly and topped with vanilla frosting and tang! $1.75USD
- First off – ew. I love mango and this one really seemed like an inventive recipe rather than something made from literally “playing around in the kitchen”, however it completely failed.
- It was actually the sweetest and most tart of them all and for some reason it was not fluffy. It was filled with a thick mango jelly that tasted like the cheapest kind of sugary tasting artificial mango gummy candies melted together and made into a thick jam. The icing tasted the same. It was so fake tasting and overly sweet that I actually spit it out.
- Cock-n-balls shaped raised yeast doughnut triple filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate frosting! $5.25USD
- The cock-n-balls was massive and delicious. Yes, insert laugh here. It’s the size of about 3 donuts and it’s actually quite pricey.
- The cock part was just plain doughnut covered in chocolate, but the balls are generously filled with lots of delicious Bavarian cream. The yeast based doughnut isn’t even the most moist of fluffy – for that it still goes to Round Dock Donuts.
- This was pretty much a Boston Cream Donut, but the Bavarian cream here is better than normal. It’s thick, rich and creamy like gourmet pastry cream without the real vanilla bean seeds. It wasn’t wasn’t overly sweet, and it’s very fluffy and I was eating it alone, and I’m not even a fan of Bavarian cream. I wish they had put the cream within the cock part as well though and not just in the balls. Geez… I better wash my mouth out… man… nothing I write about this donut will come out sounding ‘right’… and I could EASILY turn that “come” into a play on words… ok, I better stop.
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The Secret Ingredient in Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts is…
After months of lust, I finally got to sneak my fingers into a coveted pink box. Within lie the sort of wonders preteen boys dream about. Sweet, lickable, a little confusing and not at all what I expected.
Yes, I just visited Portland’s infamous Voodoo Doughnuts.
Like all epic achievements, I had to suffer through smaller quests before reaching my goal. Lo, did the rain pour down upon me and the other tourists during our half hour wait. Verily, did the beggars work the cash-only line, and yea, were there rumblings of a riot when tray upon tray emerged from the tiny shop only to be loaded into a food truck.
Everyone from Anthony Bourdain to Adam Richman has gushed about Voodoo Doughnuts, which makes me wonder if the shop has some kind of deal with the Travel Channel. There’s no question these are good doughnuts, but are they great? No. However, they are clever.
There’s nothing wrong with clever. Heck, I make my living coming up with clever ways to make food look like it belongs in a Sci Fi flick. The signature Voodoo Doll Doughnut is a basic raised yeast bar with nubby little arms and a face. That would be cute, but they make it geeky by adding raspberry filling and a stake through the heart. Vampire? Zombie? Regular human who happens to die from cardiac arrest? Use your imagination. Both in looks and taste, this was my favorite offering.
Things started to go downhill from there. I also tried the Mexican Hot Chocolate Doughnut, which was supposed to be chocolate cake topped with cinnamon, sugar, and cayenne pepper. I love a little heat in my chocolate – especially on a day cold enough the rain was laced with hail – but mine turned out to be a pretty plain chocolate doughnut with red sprinkles instead of pepper. Disappointing, to say the least.
The Lemon Chiffon Crueller really brought home the gimmicky nature of the donuts. Instead of a nice lemon flavor, it tasted like they poured some Country Time Lemonade into vanilla frosting mix. I don’t expect they’d mind that comparison, since they proudly serve a Mango Tango doughnut topped with powdered Tang and a Grape Ape with purple sprinkles and a grape dust made from kid’s drink mix.
In fact, They are totally unapologetic about the fact that this is kid food. You can get a plain yeast doughnut topped with a fist full of Fruit Loops or Captain Crunch. Chocoholics can get their chocolate doughnut stuffed with Coco Puffs or topped with crushed Oreos. No ten year old boy alive could resist Voodoo’s Offerings.
To me, Voodoo Doughnuts 24 hour menu of sugary cereals and artificially flavored powders seems perfect for both small children and drunk adults. If you go in expecting subtlety, you clearly didn’t read the part of the menu where it says they’ll custom make your cock and balls doughnuts.
If you don’t want to wait in a tourist filled line for half an hour, just get ahold of one of the boxes. You can cheaply recreate the effect with a grocery store box of Entemann’s, a tub of whipped vanilla frosting, and fist full of your favorite cereal. There only secret ingredient is child-like whimsey.
Rogue Ale + Voodoo Doughnuts = Irresistable Beer
. Saturday Market on a day when Rogue Ale was selling their Voodoo Donuts Pretzel, Raspberry, and Chocolate Ale. After Sampling Voodoo .
Voodoo Doughnut Serves the Best Donut in Portland, Ore. - Recipes
We may not ever go again since It seems this stop is more for tourists. But glad we stopped this once. They had a tasty variety of toppings that you won't get at your average shop but the doughnut itself tastes like my local shops choc longjohn. There was a long line extending outside but it does move pretty fast. The staff acted like they had somewhere better to be. It's like you can really sense them wanting to do an eyeroll.
Funky and cute bakery. Donuts were very good, not the absolute best I've ever had, but right up there with the really good ones. Lots of flavors and variety, but they were good donuts. The shop itself is decorated very differently from other bakeries which makes it fun to visit. Staff was nice as can be. it's a very popular Portland destination and they were patient with tourists.Certainly worth a visit.
First time in Portland, this is a must do, so we did. I didn't mind the long line, everyone wants to experience this place. The donuts were really fun and inventive, and priced well. But, they weren't very good! Much more fun to look at than to eat.
This is, without a doubt, the best donut shop I have ever been to. I go to every city in hopes of finding donuts just like the ones they serve here. Needless to say, I have regularly been disappointed. The only place close was Strange Donuts in St. Louis. There is always a bit of a line at Voodoo which might deter many, but once you've had a maple bacon donut, you'll wait in line with glee. I've tried about 20 different donuts here and can't stop trying new one. But if I'm getting 4-5 of them in that adorable pink box, there will be at least 2-3 maple bacon donuts. No joke, no one even comes close to Voodoo regarding this donut (the maple bacon). The best gift I ever gave to someone was when we flew in to O'Hare and were picked up by my brother he received two maple bacon donuts from Voodoo that I picked up for him that day. He couldn't have been more pleased.
I dream of Voodoo doughnuts. If I lived in Portland, I would weigh a lot more, so maybe it's good I only get these every now and then.
Folks behind the counter are always very willing to give suggestions whether you are a returning customer or a rookie, they will always make a great recommendation. and they have tons to choose from, all of which equal ecstasy.
Portland's Standout Doughnut Shops
Doughnuts are Portland’s most divisive food. “Voodoo’s for tourists,” say some, trading the hour-long wait at the notorious pink shop for a 30-minute wait at Blue Star. “Blue Star’s for hipsters,” say others, who roll their eyes at anyone willing to pay $3 or more for fried dough. Those looking for bougie brioche with passionfruit glaze or a plain-old maple bar can find plenty of options below.
Note that, although there are plenty of bakeries and cafes that offer doughnuts in addition to other baked goods, this list focuses on bakeries that specialize solely on doughnuts. Instagram pop-ups serving exciting doughnuts from around the world, from Heyday’s mochi doughnuts to Popiół’s pączki, are worth a perusal when considering Portland’s finest doughnut options, as well. Bakeries on this map are not ranked, but rather listed geographically.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed onsite service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.