This is the summer of the doughnut. Put to use in traditional sweet or adventurous savory applications, dressed up or down, highbrow or low, doughnuts are everywhere—surrounding your burger, iced in cutesy designs, replacing your morning bagel. In NYC, they’re absolutely inescapable; with all the new doughnuttery openings in the past year or so, doughnut shops are now nearly as ubiquitous as delis.
Here, in absolutely no particular order, are some of the craziest doughnut-based treats we’ve seen so far this summer. Note that several of these are/were limited edition treats and may not be available any longer.
Okay, this particular food combination—with glazed doughnuts taking the place of hamburger buns—has been around for a while, but we’re seeing a resurgence of places offering it. This example is from Buns Bar in NYC, using doughnuts from Dough.
Elegant rose-shaped doughnuts, from NYC’s O.G. doughnut shop, Doughnut Plant.
That’s right, they’re Tim Hortons doughnuts topped with what’s practically Canada’s national dish. Dear Canada: Never change.
Doughnut French toast
IHOP, of all places, just launched this breakfast mash-up treat earlier this week.
Leave it to the Aussies to create a doughnut topped with icing that somehow glows in the dark. It sounds improbable, but Black Star Pastry has done exactly that.
Doughnut ice cream sandwiches
B Sweet, in Los Angeles, has the right idea for enjoying summer.
We want to cuddle and/or adopt these doughnuts, because they’re simply too cute to eat.
Doughnuts from a Modernist Cuisine master
Wylie Dufresne, one of the chefs who led the molecular gastronomy movement, has closed his avant-garde restaurants and turned his attention to doughnuts, opening Du’s Donuts earlier this year.
Doughnut fried chicken sandwiches
Fried food plus fried food equals deliciousness, at least according to Chicago’s Do-Rite Donuts.
We actually got to sample these doughnuts, created by Doughnut Project to kick off Negroni Week. The bitter-flavored Campari icing was a little strange, to be honest…but we still ate two of them. Okay, three.
It’s a doughnut…that’s covered in bagel seeds and spices. A few different doughnut shops in NYC and DC are offering these breakfast-food mash-ups, each with a slightly different twist. NYC’s Doughnut Project anchors the savory everything-bagel toppings to the fried dough with a cream cheese-flavored glaze. District Doughnut, of D.C., is filled with a fluffy cream cheese mixture, while Virginia-based B. Doughnuts, with a stall in D.C.’s Union Market, flavors theirs with a choice of bacon, chives, or lox.
Bourbon, maple, and tabasco-glazed doughnut chicken sandwich
Not satisfied with just the now-ubiquitous rainbow thing, these doughnuts from Doughnut Plant invoke the pink triangle, too.
Extremely patriotic doughnuts
Again from our friends at Doughnut Plant.
Precious metal-encrusted, premium alcohol-filled doughnuts
Frankly, we can’t even believe that gold and platinum leaf-covered doughnuts are a thing. Manila Social Club offers these luxurious bites only occasionally—typically on faux food holidays like “doughnut day” or the recent “tequila day.”
And then there are the doughnuts illustrating every single trend of the year.
Just some doughnuts we thought were really cute
They’re adorable, okay?
Our personal favorite doughnuts
Just a shoutout, while we’re talking doughnuts, to our favorite doughnut shop, Dough, which we love so very, very much. Feed us a passionfruit or hibiscus-glazed doughnut and you’ll be our best friend forever.