Good things come in pink boxes.
That’s the line every customer is greeted with before opening their box of goodies from Voodoo Doughnut.
While the doughnuts that come in those pink boxes are good, what I liked about them is that Voodoo takes an item that’s been around for over a century and makes the first bite taste different than anythign I’ve had before.
I’ve been waiting to try Voodoo for months now and initially waited because of the long lines I saw at the shop. Even though social distancing guidelines remain in place, I was still met with lines when I dropped by to grab some doughnuts.
I was rewarded for my time in line, though. The box I left with held the Voodoo Dozen, a mix of classic and unique flavors.
The second I peeked into the box, pure sugar infiltrated my nostrils. I turned to my mom and said, “This smells like diabetes.”
That alone told me I couldn’t eat too much or I’d be on a sugar high all day.
The dozen included “Dirt,” a doughnut with vanilla frosting and Oreo cookies; “Marshell Mathers,” a cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and mini M&M’s; “Portland Cream,” a doughnut filled with Bavarian cream topped with chocolate frosting; “Sprinkle Cake,” a cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and sprinkles; “Raised Glazed,” a regular glazed doughnut; “Homer,” a doughnut with strawberry frosting with sprinkles; “Bacon Maple Bar,” a doughnut with maple frosting and bacon; “Grape Ape,” a doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust and purple sprinkles; “Blueberry Cake,” a blueberry cake doughnut with glaze; “Voodoo Doll,” a doughnut filled with raspberry filling, topped with chocolate frosting and decorated like a voodoo doll; “Oh Captain, My Captain,” a doughnut with vanilla frosting and Cap’n Crunch cereal; “Chocolate Coconut,” a chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate frosting and coconut flakes; and “Maple Blaze Blunt,” a doughnut rolled in cinnamon and dipped in maple frosting and red sprinkles.
In this baker’s dozen of 13 I wasn’t able to grab a taste of all before other hands in my family nabbed them. But from the ones I was able to at least try, it was a tasty ride.
I started off safe, sampling the Blueberry Cake. Compared to the yeast doughnuts, which were larger than average in my opinion, the cake doughnut was small and dense. It was a simple doughnut, but I wasn’t disappointed.
The chocolate frosting on the Portland Cream was rich and the Bavarian cream filling its center was thick. While there was a lot of cream, I never felt the doughnut had too much. This doughnut was one of the only ones I decided to eat entirely.
I only tasted a sliver of Dirt before my Oreo-obsessed nephew snatched it. He loved it and from the little I tasted, I agreed with his opinion.
Grape Ape threw me off. I was obviously expecting grape to be the main flavor, but I found the taste to closely resemble the purple Creme Pops made by Blue Bell. Since it’s been years since I’ve had a creamsicle, as I’ve always called them, the Grape Ape was a nice substitute.
Voodoo Doughnut is known for its Bacon Maple Bar, so I knew I had to try that one as well. I’m not a huge bacon person, but I didn’t mind the smoky flavor mixing with the maples, which was one of my favorite frosting flavors from the bunch.
The Voodoo Doll is another icon of the shop. The frosting was rich against the sweet raspberry jelly. While I liked it, I couldn’t eat too much of it.
The other doughnuts were enjoyed by family members. That is, except the Chocolate Coconut Cake. No one in my family is a fan of coconut, so it’s not surprising it was the last doughnut in the box. I nibbled on it for the sake of trying it, but the coconut turned me off.
Address: 3715 Washington Ave.
Pricing: $1-$3.75 for single doughnut, $14-$20 per dozen
Family friendly: Yes
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the Show: Portland Cream