I haven’t eaten a donut in years. YEARS! I stood at the bakery counter drooling over the array of confections, when I saw it: a maple pecan long john. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. When the counter clerk asked if she could help me, all I could do was point.
One bite and I was immediately reminded of Meg Ryan’s orgasmic scene in When Harry Met Sally. I didn’t want to make noises as I chewed the soft, doughy richness of maple glaze mingling with chopped pecans, but I did. Thank goodness my daughter was the only one who heard. She made some “mmm” noises over her coconut donut, too, so I didn’t feel bad. But for the minute that it took me to devour that donut, I experienced a bliss I hadn’t known for years. You know how I love maple…
We’d hit the Donut Trail.
I live in Butler County, Ohio where the Visitor’s Bureau ingeniously organized a Donut Trail to 9 independent donut (so hard for me not to spell it doughnut!) shops within the county. You can go on their website and print out a passport, or pick one up at most of the shops listed. At each stop, you get your passport stamped. Once your passport is completely stamped, you turn it in to the Visitor’s Bureau for a t-shirt that says “Traveled. Found. Devoured.” Oh, yes — I devoured.
The website warns you that some of the shops sell out quickly, but we didn’t believe it until we pulled into Stan the Donut Man’s just as they were hanging the closed sign on the door because they were out of donuts. It was only 10:38am! My daughter and I had been salivating at the thought of donuts after her soccer game, so we checked the trail map and hurried to another shop, crossing our fingers that they still had some left.They did. By this time, we were hooked on donuts.
A friend of mine did the whole Donut Trail with her husband in one day. Sounds like a stomachache waiting to happen to me. Sure, I would have liked to spend the day stuffing donuts in my mouth, but I decided two stops a day was enough, so it took us a month to finish the course.
On our trail we devoured these delicious flavors:
Orange Chiffon Donut
Maple Pecan Long John
Blueberry Glazed Donut
Raspberry Lemonade Donut
Cinnamon Twist Donut
Chocolate Oreo Cake Donut
Peanut Butter-filled Donut
Chocolate Iced Donut with a Dollop of Cream
Maple Bacon Long John
Strawberry Cake Donut
Frosted Coconut Donut
Blueberry Cream Cheese-filled Donut
Salted Caramel Iced Donut
Raspberry Cheesecake Donut
My favorite was the Maple Pecan Long John. I don’t know if that’s because it was the first doughnut I’d eaten in years, or if it was just that good. I think it really was the best of the bunch, but I’m more than happy to hit the trail again and keep comparing it to others. Especially the Orange Chiffon. And the Raspberry Cheesecake donuts.They tied for a close second. Or was it the cherry danish? I don’t know. Maybe I’d better hit the trail again. But if I do it too many times, I may need a larger t-shirt.
What is your favorite doughnut flavor?