Voodoo Doughnuts

Voodoo Doughnut.  Portland, OR.  Photo: KGilb.

Voodoo Doughnut. Portland, OR. Photo: KGilb.

Halloween is over for another year. The trick-or-treaters have come and gone. The decorations have all been torn down. The costumes stowed away in the back of the closet. Anyone out there feeling a little blue? Maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a visit to Voodoo Doughnut.

Voodoo Doughnut is a Portland icon. Since opening its doors in 2003, this quirky, irreverent doughnut shop has developed quite a reputation. People now come from all over the country to sample its wares.

Their signature doughnut is –what else–a Voodoo Doll! A chocolate-covered figure, with raspberry jam filling (for blood) and a pretzel stick plunged through its heart (instead of a pin). But their most famous creation, by far, is the Bacon Maple Bar. A classic in the world of doughnuts elevated to new heights by the addition of two salty, crunchy strips of bacon. That’s right, bacon!

Another crowd pleaser is the Memphis Mafia–a huge, golden brown, glazed fritter topped with banana chunks and cinnamon sugar, drizzled in chocolate frosting and peanut butter, and then sprinkled with peanuts and chocolate chips.

And let’s not forget the Texas Challenge–a glazed doughnut the size of six regularly sized doughnuts. The challenge? Eat this monster in 80 seconds or less, and the doughnut is free!

Fortunately, everything at Voodoo Doughnut is made with zero-trans-fat oil. That helps a little, at least with the guilty conscience. There’s also a selection of Vegan goodies. And for the not-so-adventurous, they do offer more traditional fare, like an old-fashioned cake doughnut or Bavarian Cream. Prices range from 95 cents to just under $5. For a quick peek at what’s available, please check their menu.

There are currently two Voodoo Doughnut shops in the Portland area. Both are open 24/7, except on holidays. The original shop is located at 22 SW 3rd Avenue, in the heart of Portland’s “Old Town” district. The cramped interior is pink, the decor is funky voodoo, and the music is loud. But be warned! There is no inside seating, so be prepared to grab it and go.

Special Note: Don’t be surprised to find a long line of people waiting to get in. This is a very popular place. And transactions are Cash Only! (although there is an ATM machine on site) Enjoy!

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