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tmiles
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Donut memories - Mon, 11/1/04 1:38 PM
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Were those Woolworth jelly donuts as good as I remember? They were 10 cents each, and a lady filled them 2 at a time with a machine in the front window. YUM. Cottage donuts, a local chain had better donuts and better prices than DD. Why was DD successful, and so many other chains have not been? My first hot KK in Myrtle Beach NC. My first Butler cream filled donuts just this past weekend. Do you have donut memories?

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 11/1/04 2:09 PM
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How'd you like the Butler's? I had two long johns on friday. Pure caloric heaven.

I never had Woolworth jelly donuts. But if someone was actually filling them to order, I would say you have most donuts beat.

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 11/1/04 2:43 PM
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I buy biscuit dough in a tin, poke hole in the middle and fry it in a skillet of oil until it's brown. Dip in sugar, powdered sugar, etc and wallah! presto. They're a lot to make of fun if you have small kids.

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 11/1/04 2:47 PM
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I used to buy Hole-In-One Donuts a long time ago in Northern IL. It was a machine set up in gas stations etc. From what i remember it deep fried the skinny cake donuts and they were good!

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 11/1/04 3:25 PM
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renfrew, as you know the Butler cream donuts and long johns are so good that they would kill me if I lived closer and could eat them every day. The regular donuts, I found to be fairly average for a good independent donut shop. The Woolwerth donuts were not exactly filled to order, but like a KK today, if you got there at the right time the donuts never made it to the shelf. We used to ask the clerk for extra jelly, and if we were nice about it we got it.

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 11/1/04 4:53 PM
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My best donut memory is about homemade doughnuts. I had an elderly lady friend who made the best homemade donuts........they were wonderful. I have her recipe and have tried it many times. They never were as good. BUT, she did teach me one thing and I have done it ever since. Have a pot of simmering water on the stove and when you lift your fried donut out of the oil, give it a very quick dip into the water and then put on paper toweling. It is amazing how much fat you eliminate this way.

mmmmm have not tried her recipe for a few years. I just might dig it out and make fresh donuts for us to have with adult coffee drinks while celebrating the election returns

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 11/1/04 5:59 PM
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The best donuts that I've had recently cam from Bolton Spring farmstand in Bolton MA...they only make them this time of year...apple and cider seson....these were right out of the fryer...hot, the bag was soaked in fat and almost too hot to carry back to the car.

The only problem is...I can eat 3-4 of them in almost no time

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RE: Donut memories - Wed, 11/3/04 11:07 AM
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Yeah thank god I dont live in Westport Ma. If I did, my diet may consist enitrely of Butler's donuts.

Wistah, I just had some cider donuts from Russells Orchard in Ipswich. Same scenario you describe. I can eat 4 or 5 before I know what hits me!

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RE: Donut memories - Wed, 11/3/04 1:46 PM
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Wistah&Renfro---I've actually had dreams about cider donuts and hot cider under the fall colors!!!! One of my all time favorite memories of growing up in New England----that and making our own maple syrup!! Nothing like New England on a crisp fall day and a trip the cider mill for donuts and cider!!! I'd kill---well maybe maim---for a gallon of Douse's Cider and a dozen fresh cideer donuts today!!!

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RE: Donut memories - Wed, 11/3/04 2:08 PM
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Today is a perfect day in Mass to drown sorrows or celebrate with some hot cider and fresh cider donuts. Its cloudy, blustery and the leaves are swirling.

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RE: Donut memories - Wed, 11/3/04 4:19 PM
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renfrew;

Looks like we reversed the curse but we couldn't come up with a double play....

You are right....maybe I'll go pick up a dozen or so....better than drinking to forget....

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RE: Donut memories - Wed, 11/3/04 4:28 PM
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also renfrew....

If you like Butler's and if you live north....there used to be a little "hole in the wall" (no pun intended) donut shop in Lowell called Eat A Donut...they made fantastic marshmallow creme filled donuts.....

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 11/4/04 9:17 AM
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She didn't make them, but 30 yrs ago, Grogan's Spa on Providence St in Worcester had great chocolate covered donuts. She sometimes tried to carry over stale ones to the next day but nobody would buy them. We used to beg and get her to put out the fresh ones. I wonder where she bought them. She would never tell, and they were always delivered before we got there.

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 11/4/04 10:13 AM
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Hmm, i live in Framingham but am going to Lowell to see a show soon. That place sounds great...see if i can find it.
Thanks!



I passed a place today on the way to work called Jelly Donuts, have to stop in soon to see how they are.

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 11/4/04 1:08 PM
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There used to be a great little donut shop called "Yum Yum Donuts" right next to Wrigley Field in Chicago. The last time I went by, it looked like they'd turned it into a hot dog stand, so I don't know if it sells donuts anymore. I used to love the old-fashioned variety they sold, which had a melt-in-your mouth texture and was wonderful with coffee. Back in the 70's, when plump pitcher Rick Reuschel played on the Cubs, there were rumors that he'd sneak over to Yum Yum between games of a doubleheader.

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 11/4/04 3:46 PM
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Oh, no, danimal, I remember that place! I lived at Cornelia and Fremont then. I think this is where I got peanut butter frosted yeast donuts and buttermilk bars. What, even in Chicago donuts are being taken away? At least it's for hot dogs, whereas here in SF it is usually for bagels or worse--Starbucks.

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 11/4/04 4:18 PM
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I agree with michaelgemmell. The pasty served at Starbucks makes it very easy to stay on a diet.

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RE: Donut memories - Sun, 11/7/04 5:41 PM
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Seldom enough so that it seemed like a real treat for my brothers and me, my father would pick up cream donuts at Bredenbeck's Bakery, which still exists on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. It's across the street from the Mayfair Diner. I think even better than those cream donuts were, for me, what we called "top hats". I actually still have wonderful dreams about them. But that's not for this thread.

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RE: Donut memories - Sat, 12/4/04 10:53 PM
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So many forbidden donuts, so few arteries. One particularly fond memory is driving thru Springfield MA on way to Vermont when we found a great donut shop with crispy glazed plain, buttermilk,jelly filled chocolate and powdered sticks/bars. I forgot name but remember the donuts well.Congdons in Wells, Maine are really good, and the hot cider donuts are a treat we rarely get living in Miami.

Oh yeah we tried Mikes Donuts in Ipswich MA a few weeks ago-worth the trip if your in the area.

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RE: Donut memories - Sat, 12/4/04 11:34 PM
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Originally posted by Wandering Chew

So many forbidden donuts, so few arteries. One particularly fond memory is driving thru Springfield MA on way to Vermont when we found a great donut shop with crispy glazed plain, buttermilk,jelly filled chocolate and powdered sticks/bars. I forgot name but remember the donuts well.


Could it have been Donut Dip? I like their donuts a bunch. Gotta hit there and White Hut when I am in the area!

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RE: Donut memories - Sun, 12/5/04 2:03 AM
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I lived the first 5 years of my life in LA (Inglewood) and my Dad would bring home a box of doughnuts from Randy's. It's still there, and is a famous LA kitsch icon with its huge brown plaster doughnut on the roof. Warm raised glazed and a cup of strong Blue Mountain on the front porch with the Sunday LA Times and I'm happy.

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RE: Donut memories - Sun, 12/5/04 8:07 AM
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For those in MA....yesterday I made the trip to Lowell and to "Eat A Donut", a donut shop on School Street.....they make all of their donuts and other baked goods fresh on premises...

In particular, their creme filled donuts are spectacular.....Krispy Kremes don't even come close!!

Eat A Donut used to be a little "hole in the wall" (pun intended) but now they have a nice new building....highly recommended.

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RE: Donut memories - Sun, 12/5/04 10:34 PM
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Originally posted by Wandering Chew

So many forbidden donuts, so few arteries. One particularly fond memory is driving thru Springfield MA on way to Vermont when we found a great donut shop with crispy glazed plain, buttermilk,jelly filled chocolate and powdered sticks/bars. I forgot name but remember the donuts well.


Could it have been Donut Dip? I like their donuts a bunch. Gotta hit there and White Hut when I am in the area!

That sounds right Tony-thanks-look forward to many more donut memories

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 12/6/04 8:00 AM
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When I was a child there was a bakery down the street that made cream filled donuts that actually tasted like, and may have been, real cream. I've been on a four decade long odyssey to find another donut that tastes like that donut or at least how I remember it tasted. Not that stuff that passes for cream today and comes in five gallon spackle containers.

On the way to elementary school we passed a firehouse where the ladies auxillary made cinnamon and powdered sugar donuts that were next to free for a bagful. We were stuffed and on a sugar buzz to end all sugar buzzes by the time we got to school.

Took my son fishing at Lake Piseco in the Adirondacks and went to an outfitter first thing in the morning to rent a motorboat. Turns out they made cinnamon donuts that were perfect for a chilly mountain morning. Didn't catch any fish but, those donuts....

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RE: Donut memories - Mon, 12/6/04 10:42 AM
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I have vague memories of a donut chain in Omaha that served a donut sundae. Anyone remember the name? There was also a pie place on the westside called House of Pi.

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RE: Donut memories - Sun, 04/3/05 10:52 PM
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Phillips Diner in Woodbury CT. For a real treat get there very early and go with the cinnamon. Don`t even think about getting less than a half dozen or you will be sorry. Its the only place I know that the day olds are better than most other spots same day. I believe they are Zagat rated number 1 in the U.S. There is another spot in Old Lyme on Hartford Ave that has great donuts. Open only in the summer and sold out daily by 10a.m. Unlike most donuts the cake is yellow instead of white. Anyone know the name?

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RE: Donut memories - Sun, 04/3/05 11:17 PM
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If you're ever in Princeton, New Jersey pick up a bag of apple cidar donuts at Terhune Orchards. It's a family operation with farm animals for the kids to feed and old tractors they can climb on. The donuts are sold in a wonderful farm store located in an old barn complete with a porch full of benches and the friendliest dog and cats around. You can pick your own apples (I always used to go for the macouns in fall) and cut fresh flowers, too. They always have a bushel of free apples set out for kids.

It's great any time of year, but cider season in autumn is a delightful way to spend a lazy hour there.

It's located on Cold Soil Road off Route 206 North between Lawrenceville and Princeton.

http://www.terhuneorchards.com/

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RE: Donut memories - Tue, 05/2/06 1:41 AM
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My memories are of my grandma's home made ones....oh boy...when she stopped making them, we had Dawn Donuts. (Flint Michigan) They had sour cream and other varieties. There is another thread on this BTW!
They still have store in Michigan....not sure about anywhere else. I love their sign....go to www.agilitynut.com and look under Michigan for signs. Great roadside photos!

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 05/4/06 11:01 PM
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I used to be a baker at a local grocery store, and although I'm not a big fan of donuts, there was nothing like a hot glazed donut fresh off of the fryer! I'm talking so hot, they were almost too hot to handle.

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 06/8/06 6:44 PM
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In Ocean City, MD - many years ago (like 30-35 years ago), there was a tiny, funky donuttery called the Purple Bone. They served cake donuts right out of the fryer that were out of this world. I have no idea what happened to that place.

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RE: Donut memories - Sat, 07/15/06 8:54 PM
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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.

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RE: Donut memories - Thu, 08/3/06 9:14 AM
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I remember Cottage Donuts on the corner across from the Shawmut Bank Building. The bar was great for waitress filled mugs of coffee and their apricot jam filled donut was the best on the planet. Does anyone make apricot jam donuts anymore?

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RE: Donut memories - Wed, 09/6/06 8:34 PM
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They all sound great, but if you have never had a "Spud Nut" you have no idea how good a donut can be. "Spud Nut" was a franchise operation and I enjoyed them during the 50's in Fort Worth, Texas. Don't guess they are around anymore, I haven't seen any since then. It's a real shame, they would make Krispy Kreme hang their head in shame.

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RE: Donut memories - Fri, 12/8/06 4:58 AM
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South of Kansas City is Louisburg Cider Mill. They have delish cider donuts. We took our grandkids their last fall during their Fall Fest. Got the kids a BOTTLE of rootbeer and cider donuts. They thot they were pretty cool having their own bottle of BEER. Now every time we go by there they want to stop. They used to make the donuts on the premises not sure if they still do, but they are really moist! Making my mouth water!

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RE: Donut memories - Fri, 12/8/06 1:19 PM
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I remember Cottage Donuts on the corner across from the Shawmut Bank Building. The bar was great for waitress filled mugs of coffee and their apricot jam filled donut was the best on the planet. Does anyone make apricot jam donuts anymore?


I assume you mean on Main St in Worcester, MA. It is now a Duncun Donuts, and now 3 or 4 mergers later, Shawmut is part of Bank of America. I have seen apricot donuts at other places, but they are not as good. Cottage, a small Westboro MA based chain, according to a bakery supply rep that I met, went out of business because the did all the "right" things. The best ingredients, good locations, fair pay for the workers, and a company attitude of "If it is not really fresh, throw it away", could not compete with highly advertised lower quality product from the competition.

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RE: Donut memories - Fri, 12/8/06 1:26 PM
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Originally posted by iseult72

I remember Cottage Donuts on the corner across from the Shawmut Bank Building. The bar was great for waitress filled mugs of coffee and their apricot jam filled donut was the best on the planet. Does anyone make apricot jam donuts anymore?


I assume you mean on Main St in Worcester, MA. It is now a Duncun Donuts, and now 3 or 4 mergers later, Shawmut is part of Bank of America. I have seen apricot donuts at other places, but they are not as good. Cottage, a small Westboro MA based chain, according to a bakery supply rep that I met, went out of business because the did all the "right" things. The best ingredients, good locations, fair pay for the workers, and a company attitude of "If it is not really fresh, throw it away", could not compete with highly advertised lower quality product from the competition.



I remember Cottage Donuts in Newtonville, MA (that location is also now a DD)....they really had awesome hand cut fresh from the kettle donuts. There were other locations in Worcester as mentions, and in Marlboro and Westboro...there may have been others too as I think that they had a long history as a loca chain.