Designer Donut Craze

BY COLLEEN MCHALE | PHOTOS BY ALEX MANGIONE

IF YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION INCLUDED DIETING, YOU MAY BE AWARE OF THE NEWEST TEMPTATIONS CREEPING UP IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA MAKING IT THAT MUCH HARDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF YOU ARE GOING TO FALL OFF THE WAGON, A NICE SOFT LANDING MIGHT JUST BE IN THE FORM OF A DELICIOUS, DOUGHY CRAFT DOUGHNUT FOUND IN ANY OF THE NEW SPECIALITY SHOPS IN OUR AREA. EACH SHOP OFFERS A DISTINCTIVE VERSION OF THE FAMOUS DESSERT THAT PEOPLE HAVE ENJOYED FOR CENTURIES.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts began as a family run shop in the town of Duck, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and is now the fastest growing donut shop in the U.S. Duck Donuts likes to keep it simple and delicious. Each vanilla cake donut is made to order and retrieved straight off an assembly line hot and fresh. The flavor combinations seem endless, complete with seasonal toppings and glazes. From there, they are beautifully prepared by a friendly and professional staff. Whether it’s a classic vanilla icing with sprinkles or a maple iced donut with caramel and bacon these delicious treats are sure to please. Visit their nearest location on Elden Street in Herndon, VA. duckdonuts.com

Naughty Girls Doughnut Shop

Naughty Girls Doughnut Shop

Naughty Girls Doughnut Shop was the creation of teenager Tianna Ramos and opened in Front Royal, VA, in 2014. Their new location opened in December on Overland Drive in Sterling, VA. The shops are run by Tianna along with her parents Natalie and Miguel Ramos. The pin-up inspired shop is a fun and kitchy place that serves not only delicious sweets but savory sandwich creations, and it has a bar as well. There is the option of yeast or classic cake doughnuts that are either topped or filled with a variety of flavors. If you are feeling “naughty,” infuse a shot of alcohol into your doughnut. Beer, wine and doughnut flights are available. Some creations include the chunky monkey, mudslide, jolly rancher and blueberry cupcake. naughtygirlsdonutshop.com

B Doughnuts

B Doughnuts first opened in 2015 when owners Biran and Pin Chanthapanya wanted to bring their creative twist of the Portuguese malasada to the people. The dough, glazes and fillings were first created in their garage before opening their shop on Loudoun Street in downtown Leesburg. All doughnuts are preservative free and filled with pastry, chantilly and cream cheeses. One of their most popular creations is the Everything Bagel doughnut which is seasoned, filled and then topped with either bacon, smoked salmon or crab dip! Sweet versions of these delicious creations include berry jam or lemon creme and many more. Check the website for hours as they open early in the day and will close once they sell out! bdoughnut.com

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

Fractured Prune Doughnuts was established in 1976 in Ocean City, MD, but now has franchised locations around the country. It has a new location which is owned by mother and daughter Angel Smith and Kaelin Evans in The Village at Leesburg. Each doughnut is made to order, hot, fresh and delectable. Varieties may vary by location, but the theory of these doughnuts is originality, with nineteen glazes which include flavors such as blackberry, peach or mocha. In addition, choose from thirteen toppings which include mini chocolate chips, graham crackers or sea salt. The combinations seem endless, and although they don’t play favorites, they claim their OC Sand doughnut, which consists of a honey glaze with cinnamon and sugar topping, is their most popular! fracturedprune.com

Sugar Shack Donuts

Sugar Shack DonutsThe founder of Sugar Shack Donuts, Ian Kelley, started as a fine dining chef and believes the freshest products make the best products. Founded in his hometown of Richmond, Sugar Shack Donuts now has several locations including two in Arlington and Alexandria. They hand-cut and roll their donuts in small batches and prepare them throughout the day to ensure their freshness. The availability of the delicious flavors rotates regularly with some truly unique combinations such as pineapple serranno, caramel macchiato or honey lavender. Sugar Shack is also famous for their line of coffee which it roasts in small batches in Richmond and sells at their various locations and online. Look for new locations coming to our area soon. sugarshackdonuts.com