Everyone loves doughnuts, but the days when a mix-and-match box of glazed, old-fashioned, and chocolate would suffice are long gone. Around the country, indie doughnut-makers have pushed the classic treat into new terrain, smothering yeasty rounds with Sichuan peppercorn-laced icing, piping in foie gras, and loading on the bacon.
Just as the crazy antics of craft brewers have caused Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors to change up their game, these fried-dough artisans are making waves with their experimental creations, putting the pressure on chains like Dunkin’ Donuts to evolve beyond the heart-shaped Valentine’s doughnut.
How far are these new-breed bakers willing to push the envelope? From Orangesicle to Mojito, check out some of the wildest doughnut flavors across the country.