RE: Donut memories
Bill Knapp's Restaurants in Ohio and elsewhere make a pretty good, very substantial donut ball. No glaze, no frosting, just a ball of donut about the size of a small apple.
A&P stores used to carry a similar donut ball but theirs had a light glaze that kept the dough moist.
I've only had a chance to go there once but Amy Joy's Donuts in Niles IL was paradise. 70+ varieties!!!! Flavors and combinations that I'd never seen, like banana frosting on chocolate cake, and some I hope to never see again. "Three varieties of PRUNE?" I asked the salesgirl. "They're very popular with our older customers" she replied with a grin.
According to Google, it still stands at 9021 N. Milwaukee Ave. I'll try to check it tomorrow.