Bizmallow caramel. Banana bread. Heart attack. Butter beer.
June 7 is National Doughnut Day, and these are four of the more unique flavors of doughnuts being sold in Spokane.
National Doughnut Day, celebrated the first Friday in June, was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor women who gave doughnuts to World War I soldiers.
The women were called “The Donut Lassies” and are credited for the dessert’s popularity in the U.S. The Lassies’ doughnuts were produced with limited ingredients and sometimes were even fried in the soldiers’ helmets.
To celebrate National Doughnut Day, here are some of the bestselling and most unusual flavors of the fried delights as told to The Spokesman-Review by area shop owners and employees themselves (free doughnuts are to be had, as well):
Bestselling: Apple, blueberry, lemon and cherry fritters; peanut butter and jelly doughnuts; and peanut butter bars. And “we have the best maple bars in Spokane.”
Most unusual flavor: Oreo and Trix, “but they don’t sell very well.”
1201 N. Barker Road; (509) 924-5129
Bestselling: Maple bars (“You’re going to hear that a lot.”)
Most unusual flavor: Strawberry blossom
Note: A banana bread doughnut was offered this week. Check back for featured flavors.
10925 N. Newport Highway; (509) 315-9502
Mike’s Old Fashioned Donuts
Bestselling: Maple bars, followed by apple fritters
Most unusual flavor: None. “We’re old-fashioned,” owner Mike said, “but I make my own maple frosting, and customers love it.”
9219 E. Sprague Ave.; (509) 926-7385
Bestselling: The original glazed
Most unusual flavor: Key lime
Note: Customers receive one free doughnut on National Doughnut Day. One per customer.
15401 E. Indiana Ave.; (509) 922-7101
Bestselling: Hucklebuddy (huckleberry) cheesecake and sour melon
Most unusual flavor: Butter beer for Harry Potter Week
Note: Hello Sugar is celebrating the first anniversary of its Kendall Yards location this month. Through Sunday, Hello Sugar has brought back six of its greatest-hits flavors for a total of 18 offered on the menu. And on National Doughnut Day, one dozen doughnuts can be purchased for $5.
419 N. Nettleton St.; (509) 868-0475
Donuts to Go
Bestselling: Maple bar
Most unusual flavor: “We’re old school, but we do top our doughnuts with candy unicorns and mermaids.”
7009 N. Division St.; (509) 467-6403
The Donut Parade
Bestselling: Maple bar, followed by apple fritter
Most unusual flavor: “We play with sweet and savory, including potato chips and pizza pockets. We also have a coffee doughnut with caffeine.”
Note: On National Doughnut Day, it’s double punches on punch cards and drawings from a box of coupons for free doughnuts.
2152 N. Hamilton St.; (509) 473-9870
Casual Friday Donuts
Bestselling: Bavarian cream
Most unusual flavor: Maple bacon or Mother of All Donut (the MOAD includes chocolate and caramel drizzles and powdered sugar)
3402 N. Division St.; (509) 328-1764
Bartlett’s Bakers Dozen Mini Doughnuts
Bestselling: Classic cinnamon sugar
Most unusual flavor: More than a dozen frostings, but the most unique flavor, gingerbread cookie, is offered during the holidays.
Spokane Arena, Spokane County Fair and various events
Bestselling: Maple bacon and Bizmallow caramel
Most unusual flavor: Heart attack (bacon, peanut butter and chocolate drizzle) and Elvis (banana, bacon, peanut butter and chocolate drizzle)
Note: Every purchase on National Doughnut Day includes a free bag of blueberry cake doughnut holes.
11519 E. Sprague Ave.; (509) 862-4391
Also: Walmart stores are offering one free glazed doughnut Friday in the bakery section, limit one, while supplies last.
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