Where to Find Gourmet Donuts in the Hudson Valley
These Hudson River sweet spots serve confections that go way beyond the region's cinnamony standard.
No one can say the Daddy's Donuts folks aren't cereal donut enthusiasts.
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With nearby orchards and farms aplenty, cider donuts and the Hudson Valley are practically synonymous. Yet that doesn’t mean that the non-cider varieties don’t deserve their day in the spotlight. We’re here to remind you of the regional locales that provide myriad creative twists on the confection, and should satisfy any case of the munchies.
Daddy’s Donuts, Middletown
With plenty of indulgent, rotating flavors, this one-of-a-kind bakeshop will have you saying, “Yum-O!” Don’t believe us? Their cannoli chip crunch variety is chocolate-glazed and funneled with cannoli cream, then topped with a crispy-shell crunch, while their cookie dough offering is split and filled with gooey cookie dough, then half-dipped in chocolate, and crowned by a giant chocolate chip cookie. Daddy's operates as a wholesale bakery, so you'll have to order at least one dozen regular or three dozen cake if you want to taste-test the many flavors on offer. Of course, if you've ever sampled (read: wolfed down) one of Daddy's treats before, you'll know that one dozen may very well be enough to satisfy your next office party or personal sweet tooth.
Glazed Over Donuts, Beacon
As the 2018 Readers’ Choice winner for “Best Donuts” in our Best of Hudson Valley Awards, Glazed Over holds a special place on the list for us. Embrace your childhood dreams and customize your donut with glazes, toppings, and drizzles. Stay in your comfort zone with chocolate and sprinkles, or go wild with fruity pebbles, bacon, and marshmallows. On a hot day, you can even indulge with a donut ice cream sandwich.
Boxer Donut & Espresso Bar, Nyack
Formerly Gypsy Donut, Boxer Donut swapped hands to Gypsy’s longtime manager in 2017. While leadership may have changed, quality did not. Visitors can expect the same scrumptious circle confections from the Nyack eatery. Come prepared with napkins when you munch on the salted caramel donut, which is delightfully sticky and peppered with black salt. Otherwise, try one of the freshly made vegan donuts. Flavors change daily, so you never know what to expect.
Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts, Tannersville
This Tannersville joint may serve up tasty breakfast and sandwich specials during the week, but don’t let that distract you from your main reason to make a visit. Twin Peaks makes donuts hot and fresh to order, which is enough of an excuse to order a half dozen right then and there. Look out for the limited edition varieties, like the strawberry shortcake powdered sugar donut, topped with strawberries, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream.
Cider Belly Doughnuts, Albany
Albany residents are lucky to live a hop, skip, and jump away from Cider Belly. The sassy storefront sells Single “Ready to Tingle” donuts for $1, a price that is just a little bit dangerous for our waistlines. Pick up one of the regulars, like The Double Down, an apple cider donut with apple cider glaze, or venture into gourmet territory with a French Apple glazer topped with a maple syrup drizzle and cinnamon. Stay on the lookout for the 300-plus selection of flavors that rotate in and out of the store as well.
The Windham Local, Windham
If you’re like us, you probably never suspected that donuts would be hiding inside The Windham Local. This is one of those instances where it’s great to be wrong. Head to the charming spot for a selection of one-of-a-kind flavors that will fly your sweet tooth straight to Candyland. Don’t be surprised if you spend more than a few minutes standing helplessly in front of the counter as you debate between options like toasted coconut and lime, blueberry lavender, apple fritter, and maple bar.
Gracie's Luncheonette, Leeds
As an experienced Hudson Valley knows, no jaunt to Greene County is complete with a trip to Gracie's for a freshly made donut. Flavors vary by day, but keep an eye out for sweets like maple bacon, pistachio, cornflake crunch, and vegan options on the weekends. If you're looking for the ultimate Hudson Valley donut experience, however, go for the Donut Burger, which packs a juicy burger between two glazed half or whole rounds, or dig into the Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, filled with whichever flavored scoops you choose.
Schuyler Bakery, Watervliet
Albany County's hidden gem is a mecca for decadent donuts in the Capital Region. Although the bakery is stocked to the brim with cupcakes and mouthwatering pastries, the donuts are always our reason to visit. Treat your sweet tooth to any of the flavors on offer for the day. Depending on when you visit, that could be anything from Fruity Pebbles and old-fashioned to cream-filled and, when they're in season, cider.
Bella Napoli, Latham and Troy
You might not expect an Italian-American bakery and café to serve donuts alongside its assortment of cannoli, cream puffs, and sfogliatelle, but that's exactly what you'll find. The confectionery, which has locations in Latham and Troy, is a must for homemade rounds that pair perfectly with hot cups of java in the morning. Classic varieties shine here, so head to Bella Napoli's whenever you need your jelly donut fix.
Sweet Bacon Therapy, Albany
Ok, so Sweet Bacon Therapy is not the place to go for a strawberry-glazed, sprinkle-covered donut in the Hudson Valley. Yet it is most certainly the place to go for bacon, bacon, and, well, more bacon. If the name didn't tip you off, the Albany sweet shop finds a way to sneak bacon into pretty much every baked good you can imagine. Chocolate chip cookie? Sure. White chocolate chip brownie? Piece of cake. When it comes to donuts, SBT's bacon chocolate chip donut holes and bacon donut muffins are just the thing when you crave a lil' sweet and salty all at once.