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Raising the Donut

Drooling over donuts.
By Matthew Kang | From CBS Sunday Morning, May/June 2020
Raising the Donut
Photo/Tawny Alipoon
Donuts have long been a low-cost, everyday indulgence for those seeking sweet, pillowy treats to accompany hot coffee. The classic chains—from Winchell’s to Dunkin’ to Krispy Kreme—would fry up plush, raised fritters and sugary cake donuts, but typically within a margin limited to jelly fillings and glazed or powdered finishes. Then a curious thing happened: the parochial pastry went artisanal, with a range of novel flavors and treatments that have raised the (maple) bar to new heights. The movement can be traced to 2003 in Portland, Oregon, where the wacky destination Voodoo Doughnut opened with a mix of colorful bubble-gum topped or crisp bacon-wielding creations. …
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