Voodoo Doughnut: “The Magic is in the Hole!”
If you’re a big doughnut junkie, chances are you’ve seen features on Voodoo Doughnut on the Travel Channel or Food Network… or whatever. They are based out of Oregon… Portland and Eugene. So imagine my surprise when my brother told me they have a shop now in Denver over on Colfax! I knew I had to at least see what all the buzz was about.
So, one day, we went pretty late in the evening and got in a line that went out the door. I wasn’t feeling too adventurous, so I got the “Dirt,” which is pretty much vanilla frosting and crushed Oreos on top of a yeast doughnut. Not too bad. though I must admit I don’t really care for topping on my doughnut. I like the texture of a doughnut with perhaps maybe glaze, sprinkles, or flavor inside… I don’t like thing throwing off the dough-ey texture… But that’s just me.
I went back again the day before I left Denver so I could pack a box and bring it home for family and friends. There was quite the variety to choose from… but I settled on Buttermilk Bar (buttermilk dough with glaze), Cinnamon Sugar doughnut, Bacon Maple Doughnut Bar, the Marshall Mathers (M&Ms on top), another Dirt with Oreos, Portland Cream (Bavarian Cream and chocolate frosting) and the Voodoo Doll (Raspberry filling with chocolate frosting stuck with a pretzel stake). They were all pretty unique
I really enjoyed the Portland Cream. Reminded me of a Boston Cream Pie, actually. The Maple Bacon was interesting. I liked the maple doughnut. I liked the bacon. But I liked them separately… The other ones I didn’t really get to try, but they all looked pretty.
I need to try more of their doughnuts to get a better feel for them, but I feel like I’d prefer their more normal doughnuts. The cereals and toppings don’t really do it for me. Talking with a few locals from Portland in the airport, I got the feeling that while they were proud that Voodoo was in their hometown, most agreed that it’s a tourist hotspot where locals don’t really go to very often. If you’re in Oregon or Denver, of course, go get you a doughnut. The eccentricity of the place is enough to give you a good laugh, and if you pick up a good doughnut, then there’s a plus!