When I was growing up, a donut that was topped with chocolate frosting and filled with cream was the height of decadence in the culinary baking scene. But the times – my friends – have changed.
For example, at CityWalk in Orlando, you can hardly walk around without seeing someone carrying a telltale pink box from Voodoo Doughnuts, which offers wild concoctions of delicious doughnuts. We foolishly attempted to “swing by” and get something from the doughnut shop. But we quickly realized the error of our ways. The next night, we pre-ordered from inside the park and picked up our box from the kiosk outside.
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What kind of doughnuts does Voodoo Doughnuts offer?
Overall, they have a wide selection of yeast and cake doughnuts with some vegan options as well. The prices will range from about $2-$4.25 each, depending on your selection. For the special varieties, some of your options will be dictated by supply, especially at the Universal Studios locations. And I cannot emphasize this enough – demand is HIGH. They cannot guarantee that the doughnut you want or the number of the type of doughnut you want will be available when you want it. So, be prepared to be flexible. Here are some of my favorite doughnut selections:
1. 8 Mile
The 8 Mile features a plain cake doughnut with vanilla frosting, covered in mini M&M candies. It’s just the right amount of chocolate. If you want a doughnut covered in another favorite treat, try the Oh Captain, My Captain, which has vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch. There’s also the Butterfinger, which is a chocolate cake doughnut with Butterfinger crumbles.
2. Apple Fritter
The Apple Fritter is fried dough with apple chunks and cinnamon and topped with glaze. Want something else a bit on the fruity side? Consider a Mango Tango, which has mango jelly with vanilla frosting and Tang.
3. The Little Pink
Appropriate for Universal Studios, The Little Pink is a simple doughnut with a raised ring along with strawberry frosting and also, round sprinkles.
4. Grape Ape
The Grape Ape is a raised ring doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust and purple sprinkles. Look, if you’re going to dabble in the realm of dark doughnut wizards, what’s the point of not trying something a little out there? Also, I’m a child of the ’70s and ’80s, so I enjoy being able to say “I get that reference” when I order the Grape Ape.
5. Diablos Rex
This Devil’s Food cake with chocolate frosting and red sprinkles comes with a vanilla frosting pentagram and chocolate chips in the middle. So, if you’re going to dabble in Voodoo, might as well go all in.
6. Voodoo Doll
This treat is a raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake. The characteristics of the Voodoo dolls are all different.
7. Portland Cream
The Portland Cream is a raised yeast shell filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate and decorated with a set of eyes. You’ve got to pay tribute to where it all began.
This doughnut is a tribute to the late member of the Wu-Tang Clan AKA Dirt McGirt. It is a raised ring with chocolate frosting, chocolate cream-filled cookies and peanut butter drizzle.
9. Memphis Mafia Fritter
The ODB is not the only tribute to a musician who has gone on to the great beyond. This one is fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon, topped with glaze, chocolate chips, peanuts and also a chocolate and peanut butter drizzle. When you order it, be sure to thank ‘em very much. I also like the Chuckles, which has chocolate frosting, hot chocolate powder, peanuts, caramel and a chocolate drizzle.
10. Bacon Maple Bar
This long-john-style doughnut bar is one of my personal favorites. A raised bar with maple frosting and bacon? We love that Voodoo that you do, so well.
Can you order by the dozen?
Of course! If you want to keep things simple, the “dozen” comes with 13 donuts. A Classic Dozen has staples like Chocolate Frosted, Double Chocolate, Raspberry Romeo, Blueberry Cake, Cinnamon Sugar and more. However, if you’re feeling more adventurous, a Voodoo Dozen has some cake varieties, some crazy options and some classics. It includes (but is not limited to) the 8 Mile, Chocolate with Coconut, Blueberry Cake, Sprinkle Cake, Raised Glazed and Grape Ape. A Vegan Dozen is also available. For the full menu in Orlando, visit the website.
How many Voodoo Doughnut locations are there?
At the time of this writing, there are about 20 Voodoo Doughnut locations either opened or coming soon. They are mostly located in Oregon, Denver, Colorado and Texas. The Texas locations include Houston, Austin and San Antonio. But with the popularity of Voodoo Doughnuts at Universal, it seems likely that number will continue to expand quickly.
Where is the original Voodoo Doughnut location?
In the year 2000, the first Voodoo Doughnuts location opened its first location in Old Town, Portland, Oregon. Portlanders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon collaborated on the creation. The duo from Oregon began in a modest shop producing both traditional doughnuts of the Jaycee store variety and also the wonderful concoctions for which The Voodoo Doughnut Shop would build a cult-like following. Today, world doughnut domination is on the horizon. Their stores at the Universal Citywalk at the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are certainly the buzz of delighted theme park goers everywhere.
Who bought Voodoo Doughnuts?
In 2017, a San Francisco-based private equity firm called Fundamental Capital bought a sizeable share of Voodoo Doughnuts. At that time, Chris Schultz, a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry known for operational excellence and store growth, was named the company’s CEO.
Have you tried a delicious Voodoo Doughnut yet? What is your favorite variety? Let us know in the comments!