I made a surprise last minute trip to the Pacific North West of the United States this past week to attend the Nomading Film Festival’s Winter Recess film screening and not only were they surprised but I was also surprised by the awesomeness that is “VooDoo Doughnuts” that I discovered in Portland.
Started in 2003 by friends Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon VooDoo Doughnuts is literally home to the BEST DOUGHNUTS IN THE WORLD! Still independently owned there are now three locations of VooDoo Doughnuts throughout Oregon, with each one serving over 90 DIFFERENT FLAVORS of doughnut!
Open 24/7, at one time they even sold doughnuts that were pepto bismol flavoured to help cure the late night drunk doughnut eaters potential hangovers (the health and safety board have since banned them from making said doughnuts).
I know you are thinking “But its just doughnuts really can they be that great?” Yes, yes they can. People love these friggin’ doughnuts so much that they even get married right in the doughnut shop. It is actually quite the deal if you are wanting to do a small low cost wedding for just $300 you can have a full legal wedding service and it includes doughnuts and coffee for you and 60 of your closest family and friends! Now that is what I call a sweet deal.
While in Portland I visited VooDoo doughnuts two times and I had some delicious masterpieces. The first was their main attraction, which the Canadian in me forced me to get.
The Maple Bacon Doughnut. Thats right a straight up maple bar with two strips of bacon on top. Personally I think the whole thing should of been covered in Bacon, like wrapped all around the sides… but lets not get carried away here.
On my second visit I enjoyed the ODB – Old Dirty Bastard – and he was. Your basic doughnut dipped in chocolate, oreo pieces and then drizzled with peanut butter, I don’t even know how the whole thing stayed together, but lets just say it didn’t last long.
If those don’t sound extreme enough for you, you can also buy penis shaped doughnuts with witty icing writing on them like “size matters” or “bite me” filled with Bavarian cream and dipped in chocolate or you can get the TEXAS CHALLENGE which is the equivalent of 6 doughnuts. If you can eat it in 80 seconds or less you get your money back… I wonder if they also offer a free trip to the hospital…
They have doughnuts with fruit loops on them, the “Marshal Mathers” comes with M&Ms on it, the Grape Ape has grape dust (basically sugar from a lick-a-stick) and lavender sprinkles! Or stick to the original VooDoo doughnut a VooDoo man shaped doughnut, each with its own unique design filled with raspberry filling and stabbed with a pretzel. Think of your worst enemy and dive in.
VooDoo Doughnuts was such a fantastic place of course I had to make a video for it. I hope you enjoy.