I was lucky enough to be in Portland and Seattle this weekend with Pin-Ups on Tour and Workin’ The Tease (the two burlesque brands that I produce and perform in) and while there I took a food tour of the Pacific Northwest. First up in Portland was (naturally) Voodoo Doughnuts.
Voodoo Doughnuts is a cheeky sugar coma induced Portland institution. They’re known for unusual doughnut selection, eclectic décor, and iconic pink boxes featuring illustrations of voodoo priests.
Voodoo Doughnuts has a myriad of unconventional ingredients including Cap’N Crunch, grape flavored Tang, M&M’s, Oreo cookies, and Marshmallows. (Two of their doughnuts, the NyQuil Glazed doughnut and the Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, are no longer available due to order of local health officials…). For those not looking for culinary thrill seeking, Voodoo also offers your more standard toppings such as berries, buttermilk, banana cream, sprinkles, chocolate, and sugar. There are also a boatload of Vegan Doughnut options, apple fritters, and the famous Voodoo Doughnut Doll.
The brain child of Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon friends who wanted aspired to start a business together. So starting in 2003 their product of choice was doughnuts!!! The only problem was that neither Cat Daddy nor Tress had ever made a doughnut before. So they set out for sunny Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera, California where they met some doughnut masters and learned about dough from the ground up. When they returned to the Rose City they created a doughnut brand that the Los Angeles Times called an "international tourism attraction."
Voodoo Doughnuts has been featured on the Travel Channel's series Anthony Bourdain No Reservations, Man v. Food, Doughnut Paradise, and was the destination in the season finale of the 14th season of The Amazing Race.
Unfortunately with a shelf life of 8-12 hours these doughnuts aren’t shippable so you have to go to one of Voodoo Doughnuts locations (5 in the US and 1 in Taipei, Taiwan) to grab this sugar high (and make sure to bring some green as they don’t take plastic)!
Via the Portland sugar coma!!!