National Donut Day 2016

National Donut Day 2016

If you are a donut shop owner – the first Friday in June is your superbowl! National Donut Day.

To help our friends choose a winning team - the trendspotters and tastemakers at Ignite 360 took on the challenge of scouting out the best donut shops on both coasts and in-between.

From North Carolina across to Minnesota and San Francisco up to Seattle – we did our part to consume a few of the over 10 billion doughnuts that are made in the U.S. each year.

A coffee flavored delicacy from Dinkytown with toffee bits and salted caramel glaze

A coffee flavored delicacy from Dinkytown with toffee bits and salted caramel glaze

Dinkeytown Delicious Mission Control Specialist Tori proved square is just as scrumptious by hitting up Sssdude-Nutz in the Dinkeytown neighborhood (yes, real town) near the University of Minnesota. To fully immerse herself in the experience she took the owner’s recommendation - a coffee flavored delicacy with toffee bits and salted caramel glaze. Verdict – DELICIOUS.

Nostalgic noshes from Bakers Wife

Nostalgic noshes from Bakers Wife

More from Minneapolis Fancy? No. Trendy? No. Classic? Yes!!! Insights Paradox Randy relived his childhood by scooping up a dozen of these cake style nostalgic noshes from A Bakers Wife tucked away in south Minneapolis.

donut + cannoli

donut + cannoli

The Donnoli Always ahead of the trend – our Insights Catalyst Beth introduced us to what has to be the replacement for 2013’s cronut - the “Donnoli” (donut + cannoli) found at Rise Biscuits & Donuts in Carrboro, NC! A light yeast donut filled with whipped ricotta cheese, lemon zest and mini chocolate chips then top dusted with powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Her insight… Yummmmmmmmm.

 

Sprinkled Spectacles

Sprinkled Spectacles

Better Together What’s better than having a donut and coffee? A donut and coffee WITH FRIENDS! CEO Rob, Creative Sherpa Robin and Operations Manager Charles gathered in the foggy avenues of the city by the bay, at wife and husband run Twisted Donuts & Coffee. Their smorgasbord of friendly pastry fun included classic rainbow sprinkles, bacon and crushed nutter butters. No donut was left behind!

#dogslovedonuts

#dogslovedonuts

Dogs like Donuts Too Check any best donuts roundups in the Pacific Northwest and Top Pot will be at the top of the list. COO and Catalyst Maestro Lisa glammed it up with a “Chocolate Feather Boa” donut that her precious pooch drooled for. Sorry Ozzy – chocolate + pups is a no go.

Favorite donut hole (in the wall) make our list? Share your favorites with us!

Don’t have a favorite? Both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts promise free donuts on this momentous doughy day!