I’m old enough to remember the massive cultural footprint the Simpsons unleashed upon the world.
Despite a deep affiliation with Simpsons-style humor, I was never the biggest Simpsons fan.
And while I recognize the quality and cultural impact over the decades, I find myself somewhat bewildered that we’re here 30-something years later following the adventures of Bart, Maggie, Lisa, Homer and Marge.
And yet, when we set foot in Springfield USA during our most recent Universal Studios Orlando vacation, I found something hidden deep within my soul.
Specifically, I found the Simpsons Donut, which brought out my inner Homer Simpson.
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What is the Simpsons Donut?
It’s a big pink donut with pink, creamy frosting and sprinkles.
Well, I suppose if Lisa were here, she’d correct me and say it is technically a giant glazed donut with pink frosting.
What is the backstory of the Simpsons Donut?
The big pink Simpsons Donut is now part of the decades-long show.
Homer, you see, loves donuts. And so, he’s frequently been seen in several episodes eating, pursuing or trading his soul to the devil to obtain the donut that’s the size of your head with pink frosting and sprinkles.
Therefore, when Springfield USA opened in the Universal theme parks, the Simpsons Donut was one of the must-have food items along with the Krusty Burger and Duff Beer.
As a quick aside, should I be concerned that my 7-year-old daughter’s favorite souvenir was the stuffed Duff Beer she won at the Springfield USA carnival games? I shouldn’t right?
That’s totally normal.
Where is the Simpson Donut at Universal Studios?
Lard Lad Donuts – with the giant Lard Lad holding a Simpsons Donut aloft in what I believe is a two-pronged tribute to both Frish’s Big Boy and the Statue of Liberty – is located in Springfield USA. It’s on the Universal Studios side of the park.
If the Lard Lad statue isn’t enough, there’s also a statue of Chief Wiggum enjoying a classic donut.
You can also find the donut – which comes in a big box – inside Fast Food Boulevard, a collection of Simpsons restaurants that includes Lisa’s Tea Hour of Terror, The Frying Dutchman, Krusty Burger, Flaming Moe’s, Luigi’s Pizza and Cletus’ Chicken Shack.
How much is the Simpson Donut at Universal Studios?
The Simpsons Donut at the Lard Lad Donut Shop will generally set you back about $9.99, at the time of this writing.
But prices and availability are subject to change.
What flavor is the Simpsons Donut?
The big pink Simpsons Donut is a glazed donut with pink frosting that tastes like frosting.
It’s very, very sweet.
How big is the Simpsons Donut?
I didn’t bring anything to measure the diameter, but 8 inches seems about right. It’s big and heavy and much closer to a cake than a donut.
What else is on the Lard Lad Donuts menu?
Well, the menus are different at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando.
In Universal Hollywood, there are other big donuts – known as the Lard Lad Donuts – that come in a variety of flavors including a maple bacon donut, chocolate glazed and others.
But in Universal Orlando, the current menu includes the smaller D’oh-nuts which are $3.99 each or $12.99 for a four-pack.
Lard Lad also offers some ice cream options including the Brain Freezin’ D’oh-nut Sundaes – which are soft-serve ice cream – vanilla or chocolate – on a smaller version of the Simpsons Donut, with your choice of one topping.
You can also add nuts.
Is the Simpsons Donut good?
No. I mean it’s a donut, so how bad could it be? But it’s giant and unwieldy and built for multiple people to eat.
So buy it for the audaciousness, for the pictures and to each take a couple of bites before you throw the thing away. Then, place your mobile order at Voodoo Donuts to get some serious donuts on your way back to the hotel.
Is the food in Springfield good?
There are two answers to this question.
No. The stuff in Fast Food Boulevard is what you’d expect from a place called Fast Food Boulevard. It’s serviceable and it’s stuff the kids will eat.
Mostly, you eat there if you don’t want to wait someplace else or you want to be able to say you had a Krusty Burger.
Also, I can say as much as I love the Simpsons-style humor, I don’t particularly want it around my food.
I find the sign for Cletus’ Chicken Shack off-putting, even though I know it’s only a joke. And menu items at the seafood place Frying Dutchman suffer from the same.
I just don’t want to eat a Basket O’Bait even though I know it’s only a name.
The donuts are fine, though the big one is impractical. Is it weird that I’ll let the kids order chicken fingers but will blanch at an order of chicken thumbs? Probably, but that doesn’t change my reaction.
What is the best thing to eat at Fast Food Boulevard?
There are, however, a couple of exceptions to eating in Springfield.
The Duff Beer is good if you’re a beer person and the outdoor bar has a great view.
The specialty non-alcoholic drinks at Moe’s are expensive but fun.
But the Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is easily some of my favorite food there, maybe the best eating in the park.
The tacos carnitas and the tacos carne asada are not just theme park quick service good. They are legit good.
They are served in soft flour tortillas with onions and cilantro, but you can request the proper corn tortillas as well. You get three – with tortilla chips and salsa – for about $12 and it’s absolutely worth it.
Have you tried a Simpsons Donut? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!