Britt’s Donut Shop: 75 Years of Making Doughnuts & Memories

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Britt’s Donuts at Carolina Beach turns 75 this year! To celebrate this donut milestone I wrote about people’s memories about Britt’s and the new book, Britt’s Donuts: Forever Sweet. There’s even a Britt’s Fan Club these days too. Read all about these in my latest post for Our State Eats here. Then go ahead and plan your next visit to Britt’s.

Photographs by Christine R. Choi.

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Decades of Doughnut Making Experience: Where the Locals Go, Part 2

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Part 2 in a series for Our State Eats about North Caolina bakeries and pastry shops that make donuts. Each of these shops have decades of donut making experience: Paul’s Pastry Shop in Burlington, Fancy Pastry Shop in Lexington, and Sweet Shoppe Bakery in High Point. Read part 1 of this series here.

Doughnuts in the Mountains, Asheville, NC

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For some time now Asheville has had a stellar reputation for food, but when it comes to doughnuts the options have been limited. Thanks to Vortex Doughnuts that’s changing. Read more about donuts in Asheville and Vortex’s South Slope shop planned to open this spring in my latest post Doughnuts in the Mountains for Our State Eats.

Donutgrrl’s 2013 in Donuts

Julie at CR with marble donut smaller

In 2012 I visited over 22 donut shops. In 2013 I visited over 56 donut shops and ate over 83 different varieties (full lists below)! The first donut I ate in 2013 was a Berliner from Guglhupf in Durham, NC. What will my first donut in 2014 be?

My donut highlights in 2013:

  • The opening of my exhibit Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut: Donut Shops past & present of Brooklyn & Manhattan at Brooklyn’s City Reliquary. It’s up through February 2014, so stop in to see it!
  • Doing donut shop research with Anna O. Grant, who took the amazing photographs of present-day donut shops on display in Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut.
  • Donna at Peter Pan Donuts presenting me with a marble donut made especially for me.
  • Making the audio documentary In Search of the Marble Donut.
  • Blogging about donuts for Our State Eats.
  • Interviewing and meeting so many wonderful donut shop owners.
  • Talking with donut book authors Sally Levitt Steinberg and Paul Mullins.
  • Eating donuts with loved ones and friends.

The 56 donut shops and providers that I visited in 2013 (some more than once):
Average of 1 new donut shop every 6.5 days!

NC: Guglhupf, Monuts Donuts (10 visits), Rise Biscuits and Donuts (10 visits), Tasty Bakery, MJ Donuts, Krispy Kreme Challenge, Krispy Kreme in Chapel Hill, Krispy Kreme Raleigh, Dunkin Donuts, Donut World, Scratch, T Distefano’s Bakery, Saxapahaw General Store, NC Jelly Donut, Tasty Bakery, Daily Donuts, Donut Box, Duck Donuts, The Sweet Shoppe Bakery, Lexington’s Fancy Pastry Shop,  Granny’s Donuts in High Point, Super Donuts in Randleman, Britt’s Donuts, Granny’s Donuts in Kernersville, Vortex Doughnuts, Limones, The Iced Tea Lady at the NC State Fair, Panaderia La Favorita
GA: Ike and Jane
NYC: Doughnut Plant, Holey Cream, Donut Pub, Peter Pan Donuts and Pastry, Dough, Alpha Donuts, Mike’s Donuts & Coffee, Shaikh’s Place, Nostrand Donut Shop,  Dun Well Doughnuts, 7th Avenue Coffee and Donuts, Carpe Donut NYC
VA: Hall’s Pastry Shop
MI: Brighton Donuts, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Dutch Girl Donuts, Looney Baker,
DC: Golden Brown Delicious
WA: Heavenly Donuts, Top Pot Doughnuts, Daily Dozen, Legendary Doughnuts
OR: Blue Star Donuts, VooDoo Doughnuts
IL: Doughnut Vault, Do-Rite Donuts, Firecakes,

Donut varieties that I ate in 2013, at least 84 kinds:
Berliner, Zebra, Tiramsu, Chocolate Dip, Chocolate frosted, Vanilla frosted, Maple frosted, Pistachio, Glazed, Valrhona Chocolate (heart-shaped), Marble, Apple Turnover, Chocolate Marble Éclair, Blood Orange, Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs, Oreo Cream filled donut, Coconut Dream, Strawberry Chocolate Swirl, Oreo, Toasted Amaretto, Plum Ginger Jammie, Chocolate Frosted with Sprinkles, Almond Joy, Chocolate Bavarian Cream, Doughnut Muffin, Blackberry Julep, Margarita, Strawberry Beaver Queen, Espresso Cruller, Lemon Poppy Seed, The Original Lassie, Molasses and Cinnamon, Chocolate cake,  Bourbon Peach, Lemon Blueberry, Caramel Sea Salt, Cronie, Angel Puff, Apple Cider, Maple Walnut Banana, Chocolate Caramel with Pretzels, Chocolate Cake with Caramel icing and chocolate chips, Caramel Cream filled, Vanilla Cream filled, Lemon Ginger, North Carolinian, Heaven on Earth, German Chocolate cake, Glazed Spudnut, Chocolate Pumpkin, Churro, Cinnamon sugar, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate cream filled long john with Chocolate Sprinkles, Cinnamon sugar mini-donuts with caramel sauce, Cape Codder, Boo-Berry, Passion Fruit Snowball, Marble frosted cake, Maple Old Fashioned, Feather Boa, Salted Caramel Old Fashioned, Peanut Butter Pancake, Chocolate Almond, Portland Cream, Voodoo Doll, Old Dirty Bastard, Diablos Rex, Gingerbread stack, Birthday Cake, Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Meyer Lemon, Coconut Cream, Valrhona with espresso cream filling, Coconut filled, Peppermint Old Fashioned, Peanut Butter Cup, Cranberry Cake, Mistletoe, Chocolate cake with mint frosting and candy canes, Reindeer donut, and Snowman.

In 2013 I found Marble donuts at:
Monuts Donuts, Holey Cream, Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry, Brighton Donuts, Duck Donuts, Heavenly Donuts, T Distefano’s Bakery

In 2013 I found variations of the Marble donut at:
Donut Pub, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, Monuts Donuts

I look forward to more donuts and donut adventures in 2014!

Doughnuts at the Beach

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While summer’s almost over there’s still time to enjoy one of North Carolina’s greatest traditions, doughnuts at the beach! In my latest post for Our State Eats I visit and talk to the owners of the infamous Britt’s Donuts at Carolina Beach and newcomer Duck Donuts in the Outer Banks.

Doughnuts: Where the Locals Go

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Bakeries are an elusive spot for doughnuts; some make them, others don’t. My latest post for Our State Eats covers three North Carolina bakeries that make delicious doughnuts: Saxapahaw Bakehouse, Guglhupf, and Tasty Bakery.

Donuts: The Next State Symbol?

Krispy Kreme Historic plaque at 75th anniversary celebration Photo by Julie Thomson
I’ve started blogging about donuts for Our State magazine’s new food blog Our State Eats.

Check out my latest post about North Carolina’s rich donut past and make a case for the donut being our offical state dessert.

My first post was about the innovative flavors Rise and Monuts, two new donut shops in Durham, are creating. Read it here. Stay tuned for more posts in upcoming months!