When you think Colorado, doughnuts might not immediately come to mind. In fact, few food groups probably do. However, the Centennial State has an up-and-coming doughnut scene, and these eight doughnut shops are so delicious, it's hard not to imagine biting into one of these creations.
What good is left in the world if you can't find a good doughnut in a state, right?
1. Glazed & Confuzed
Owned and operated by chef and self-proclaimed "mad scientist" Josh Schwab, Denver's Glazed & Confuzed is not your daddy's doughnut shop.
Its menu includes doughnuts like the Confused Somoa (caramel-glazed donut with toasted coconut and chocolate drizzle), Blackberry Pe-cobbler (blackberry and pecan glaze topped with pecan streusel) and Mojito (rum, fresh lime and mint infused glaze topped with a candied leaf of mint).
2. Donut Maker
With an impressive menu of original and cake doughnuts, rolls, crullers, bismarcks and beyond, Denver's Donut Maker has been going strong since 1988.
Along with custom doughnuts, unique specialties include glazed devil's food, mint cookie and a chocolate iced doughnut topped with shredded coconut, peanuts, sprinkles and M&Ms. That's a mouthful. Literally.
3. LaMar's Donuts
While not a Centennial State exclusive, LaMar's Donuts locations are found all over Colorado.
Customers rave about the classics - especially Ray's Double Chocolate - along with the shop's specialty LaMar's Bars and Bizmarks.
4. Voodoo Doughnut Mile High
Undoubtedly, as the doughnut-enthusiast you are, you've heard about Voodoo Doughnut, the Portland mainstay that's opened up satellite shops in Denver along with Eugene, Oregon, Austin, Texas, and Taipei City, Taiwan.
Voodoo's renowned menu features the Bacon Maple Bar, Loop Donut (covered in Fruity Loops), and Neapolitan (chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, strawberry dust and three mini-marshmallows in the center).
5. Amy's Donuts
Colorado Springs is home to Amy's Donuts (another location is found in Columbus, Ohio), which offers delightful doughnuts with your favorite candy or cereal baked right in!
Amy's also features the fluffernutter doughnut, topped with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Satisfy your sweet tooth and visit Amy's here.
6. Fractured Prune Doughnuts
DIY donuts? That's right. Fractured Prune, with a franchise in Denver, is a donut shop unlike any other, allowing its patrons to get in on the fun and create their own doughnut! With 19 glazes and 13 toppings to choose from, the possibilities are almost endless.
Patrons can also choose from the shop's specialties, with unique tastes like blackberry cobbler, margarita, s'mores and the shop's most popular, O.C. Sand, made with honey glaze and cinnamon sugar.
7. The Donut Haus Bakery
This Loveland bakery and shop offers a selection of classic and specialty doughnuts and crullers, rolls, homemade pies and more.
The Donut Haus is renowned for baking some of the lightest, most-delicious doughnuts in the Colorado. Visit them here.
8. Habit Doughnut Dispensary
Located inside Carbon Beverage Cafe near Confluence Park in Downtown Denver, Habit Doughnut Dispensary serves signature doughnuts including the Blazed - malted milk glaze with hand-torched brûlée - along with seasonal selections and necessities (lighters, rolling papers, candy, condoms, etc.). And no, there's nothing "special" in the doughnuts. Visit Habit here.
There are countless other special doughnut shops in Colorado, especially nestled away in small mountain towns. Let us know your favorites on our social channels by sharing!