VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon (VIDEO)

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.

What is the craziest doughnut you have ever eaten? Have you been to VooDoo Doughnuts?

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  • Reply
    James Shannon
    February 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Very well done video … I felt my arteries constricting watching you eat those doughnuts, but I bet they were sinfully delicious!

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    Jed Gray
    August 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Great little video of your visit to Voodoo Doughnuts.

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    Don Faust
    February 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

    We were there last year, and Voodoo was definitely cool. We waited in line for 45 minutes. For those that think the Maple Bacon is weird, just think of what it tastes like when you are having a nice stack of pancakes with maple syrup, and the syrup starts running into your bacon. I thought it was good, but I’m not a huge sweet tooth, and the maple was sooo sweet and sugary – I could only eat half of it.

    I liked the monster-sized peach fritter, covered in frosting. I passed on the phallic looking one that said “swallow”.

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    February 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I just saw Voodoo Doughnuts featured on an episode of Man v. Food the other night. Looks like an amazing place! I’ll have to start planning a trip to Portland to check it out. :)

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    February 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Awesome, voodoo rocks. I think I’ve stopped there nearly every day I’ve been in Portland & it’s never near where I’m staying. LOVE

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    February 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

    HA! Maple bacon donuts. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that :P

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    February 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    That looks absolutely ridiculous. And is that seriously like a VIP line-up?! Dear god

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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      @Candice: wasn’t a VIP lineup but a line up for everyone! so worth the wait :)

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    February 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    While I loooove salted chocolate, I don’t understand this bacon-on-sweets treat!!

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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      @Abby: its different with the whole soft doughy textures mixed with the tough meat and the different tastes but I liked it! :) Are you a fan of chocolate covered potato chips? :)

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    February 6, 2012 at 6:02 am

    That bacon donut creation looks amazing. It would probably go well with the bacon jam I was given yesterday as a birthday present :D

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    February 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Come to Toronto, we have maple bacon doughnuts here too!

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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      @Ayngelina: I didn’t know that! I think every place should have them honestly! It would make the world a happier place hahaha

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    February 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I love Portland so much! But haven’t been to Voodoo Donuts yet, it’s always so crowded when I wander by. I like the Waffle Window for that only-in-Portland sugar rush, myself. Glad you loved your bacon donut!!

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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      @Jennifer: VooDoo doughtnuts had a small line of maybe 10 people the first day we went but on the Saturday it was huge as you can see in the video. Well worth the wait though, I’d say.
      Didnt get to try the Waffle Window! Now I must go back! :)

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    February 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    all my visits to PDX haven’t brought me to Voodoo Doughnuts yet. Next trip, I’m certain! :)

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      February 2, 2012 at 2:46 am

      @suki: Oh Suki you need to go! It was one of the first things we did! :)

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    Poul Brix
    February 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I love The Maple Bacon Doughnut, it looks so yummy :)
    You shpuld buy some and ship them to Scotland ;-)


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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      @Poul Brix: hahaha I wish I could but sadly they only have a reported shelf life of 8-12 hours or basically a minute people eat them so quickly haha

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    Steven Richardson
    February 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This is an awesome video, Cailin. I’ve always have wanted to go to Voodoo, and explore Portland also. Did you get to go to any of the many breweries in the area as well?

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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      @Steven Richardson: Thanks Steven! :) I sadly didn’t make it to any breweries, but I definitely drank some local stuff :) Not enough time, but now I need to go back! :)

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