Not the donuts you’re looking for

The enormous bag of Halloween candy remains intact, so we had to do something to alleviate the impending sugar-crisis around here. This morning, as my oldest was shaking the candy bag to see if he could break the seal, I got a hankering for cider and donuts.

Have you ever heard of this? The first time I’d ever known that such a combo existed was when I visited a friend in Michigan. She rhapsodized about it, even as I didn’t quite understand. I mean, apple cider along with a donut? It seemed… slightly disgusting.

Turns out that cider donuts are not like the jelly-filled, cream-filled, or iced kind that I was thinking of. A real cider donut is a basic cake donut, maybe touched with a bit of granulated sugar or cinnamon-sugar. Slightly warmed, it is the perfect foil for the tart-but-sweet apple cider goodness.

Yesterday we went looking for them in the store.

We went looking for them, to no avail. Then we got smart and started calling grocery stores to see if they had them. Most of them said the same thing: “Cider donuts? What’s that? Donuts made from cider?”

My husband explained that he was looking for a cake donut with cinnamon-sugar. This is the closest thing he could find:


Sounds great right? These are cake donuts with apple bits baked in and covered with a cinnamon and powdered sugar mixture. Not to be a stickler, but to paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi: “These are not the cider donuts you’re looking for.”

Spiced cider and donuts

Of course, we ate them anyway. They were delicious.

Have you ever heard of cider-and-donuts? What’s your favorite thing to couple with apple cider?  (By the way, if you read far enough down in this post, you’ll see my husband’s favorite thing).


About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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5 Responses to Not the donuts you’re looking for

  1. Lynne says:

    LOL! Huge difference in cider mill donuts! Took a trip to our local cider mill yesterday….nothing like fresh cider and warm donuts!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Micha says:

    I saw some Entenrmann’s Cider Donuts today, but they have a glaze on them so I’m not sure if that’s what you want. Do you get that brand where you are?

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