It’s National Donut Day – by Sage Hurley
Yes, you heard that right. There’s a whole day dedicated to the sweet treat! However, this holiday isn’t just about scoring a free donut, although that sure is a plus.
National Donut Day was created by the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938 to honor women who made donuts to boost the morale of soldiers during World War I.
Lucky for us, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Ocean City style. Donut crawl, anyone?
Let’s start the day off with a walk on the boardwalk. Browns and Oves are a must. At Browns, located at 110 Boardwalk, you’ll find friendly staff and mouth-watering fresh donuts. Alex Brown, an employee at the donut window, says his favorite kind is vanilla with cinnamon. After eating not one, but two…I’m proud to say I fully agree. I think you will too.
A few blocks south at 4th Street and Boardwalk is Oves, known for their 69 cent apple cider donuts made fresh every morning at 7am.
“I love working with the people and the weather is beautiful. My favorite donut is chocolate iced,” said Colin Donahue, an employee of six years.
Oves’ apple cider donut flavors include powdered, cinnamon sugar, vanilla, chocolate iced, and plain. The smell of the ocean, the sight of a blue sky, and the taste of a donut…what’s better than that?
If you find yourself walking on Asbury Avenue, you’re in luck. Wards Pastry, Nauti Donuts, Fractured Prune, and Drip N Scoop are all within a few blocks of each other, and some have sweet Donut Day deals.
Drip N Scoop is offering one free donut with any drink purchase, and Fractured Prune is offering one free OC Sand donut, no purchase necessary. Nauti Donuts is celebrating with a deal as well, offering one free cinnamon sugar donut with any purchase. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to satisfy that sweet tooth.
But what if you don’t have a sweet tooth?
Try the Salty Dog from Nauti Donuts. Its maple icing, pork roll, and salted caramel drizzle might just do the trick. Prefer a classic pb and j to your average donut? Get the best of both worlds with the PB & Jellyfish donut with raspberry jelly and peanut butter drizzle.
At Wards, employees Stephanie McFadden and Susan put together a list of what they think are some of the best donuts in the store.
“Coconut with white buttercream, apple fritter, chocolate frosted, fried cinnamon bun, white powdered cream, and the cookie monster are the best,” they said.
“Personally, my favorite is chocolate frosted,” Stephanie said.
Susan, however, stood firm behind her favorite, the apple fritter.
“I like it because of the crunchy outside and soft inside.”
If you’re planning a beach day a little further south on the island, no worries. You can find quality donuts in all corners of OC. All you need is some sunscreen, a beach chair, and a dozen donuts or two. Dot’s Pastry Shop, a family-owned bakeshop open since 1947, is a favorite to many. It’s located at 3148 Asbury Avenue. Their cream filled vanilla donut could possibly change your life. Mallon’s in both the center of town and the southend will make you smile with their colorful circular treats. They are also offering a free donut with purchase today.
After reading all of that, are you hungry yet? I know I am. Let’s celebrate!