Do not miss an opportunity to indulge by celebrating National Doughnut Day on Nov. 5.
Even locals might not realize this bakery has doughnuts – it’s known for delicious cakes, which can be filled with jam and custard. In that spirit, try the Bismarks or the Long Johns. You can get a no-fill Long John, but if you’re going to indulge, might as well go all the way.
Address: 928 W. Columbia Ave.
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Fire Hub doughnuts at Horrocks Farm Market
First off, don’t go to Fire Hub for doughnuts. They sell them at Horrocks Farm Market, along with other baked goods. Secondly, be prepared for a texture different from other doughnuts. We’re not sure how Fire Hub does it – the bakery case looks like it’s full of yeast doughnuts, but they have a bread-like texture. It’s heftier than you expect, but not as heavy or greasy as a cake doughnut. Toppings like marshmallows or blueberry icing make them a decadent treat.
Address: Horrocks Farm Market, 235 Capital Ave. S.W., Battle Creek (when you enter the store, turn left immediately, walk down the aisle and you’ll find the doughnuts across from the sandwiches, before the sushi).
This new café is a cute addition to downtown Albion. While doughnuts tend to be a grab-and-go food, take a moment to enjoy the ambience. That is, if you have enough time after being stuck in front of the display case, unable to decide. There are so many choices, and they all look so good. Yeast, cake, glazed, sprinkles, filled with berries or cream – it’s amazing how many different kinds of doughnuts there are in one small area. Just don’t get distracted by the muffins and cookies. It’s National Doughnut Day, after all.
Address: 400 S. Superior St., Albion
This bakery has been doing business for three generations. And after all that time, what do people still want? The nut roll. It’s the signature doughnut at Louie’s, a mixture of fried dough, cinnamon, gooey icing and some nuts for texture. We have to say, if you only get one doughnut at Louie’s, start with the roll. For all of its history of tradition, though, Louie’s isn’t afraid to experiment. They’ll always have something new to try, sometimes only for a limited amount of time.
Address: 144 W. Michigan Ave., Marshall
If you’re not from around Michigan, then you might not be familiar with the fall doughnut. It’s the fried treat we associate with pumpkin patches, cinnamon-sugar and apple cider. They are cake doughnuts that tend be a bit more delicate and moister, made fresh and dipped in sugar. Pumpkin and apple are frequently added to the batter. The best places to get them are usually apple orchards, but Station 66 has a perfect fall doughnut.
Address: 4588 D Drive South, Battle Creek
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It’s 11 p.m. on Nov. 5 and you still haven’t had a doughnut -- do not fear. Sweetwater’s is open 24 hours. It’s a popular spot to sit with a coffee at all hours of the day or night. In the morning, there’s a steady stream of people picking up a dozen doughnuts for family or co-workers. The maple icing is really good, but you can also try something fancier, like the grasshopper (chocolate with green frosting) or German chocolate.
Address: 2807 Capital, Battle Creek