The latest update for this article was written by Lindsay Podolak.
Donuts are one of those treats you can enjoy any time of day; they’re great with coffee at breakfast, can satisfy a mid-afternoon sweets craving, and work perfectly as an evening dessert. However, in New Jersey, there are just as many donut shops as there are flavors of donuts. So how do you know which ones to visit? By letting Best of NJ help, of course!
We’re rolling out our picks for the Best Donut Shops in New Jersey. These sweet shops will leave you drooling thanks to their amazing and tasty creations.
North Jersey Donut Shops
Where: 358 River Road, New Milford, 07646; 554 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, 07006
Details: Have you ever heard of a New Jersey Cheesecake donut? It’s a donut with cream cheese filling and Belgian chocolate shavings on top. Glaze Donuts cooks their donuts in small batches throughout the day, without using preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. They also offer Gifford’s ice cream (West Caldwell only) with options like donut sundaes and ice cream donut sandwiches. They even have homemade soda and homemade waffles (New Milford only).
Why I like it: The famous Italian Rainbow Cookie-Donut, with its jelly filling and a layer of chocolate. In fact, this is such a hot ticket it’s only available on weekends.
More info: Visit www.glazeartisan.com or call 201-483-8634 (New Milford); 973-227-0415 (West Caldwell).
Montclair Bread Company
Location: 16 Label Street, Montclair, 07042
Details: This family bread bakery uses traditional European techniques and makes its goods with local and all-natural ingredients. Owner and head baker, Rachel Crampsey, says bread is her first passion. However, she admits she also loves doughnuts. Montclair Bread Company offers classic donuts like apple cider, as well as specialty donuts including maple bacon. Meanwhile, premium donuts feature flavors like Nutella. This shop is also home to the “duffin,” a muffin they bake in the shape of a donut.
Why I like it: You can celebrate a special occasion with a giant donut cake, in either 6” or 10” size.
More info: Visit montclairbread.com or call 973-509-2525.
Central Jersey Donut Shops
Where: Whole Foods Market, 3495 US-1 South, Princeton, 08540
Details: How can anyone resist a S’mores donut? Curiosity Doughnuts first began with a question, “What can we do with donuts?” back in 2015. To this day, they’re constantly creating new varieties. At first, it was donuts, frozen custard, and homemade sauces; since then, their menu has grown to include even more specialty items; such as the pretzel-crusted fried chicken served with pepper caramel dipping sauce and doughnut bread pudding. Need we say more?
Why I like it: The freshly-made donuts are only available on Sundays at the Princeton Whole Foods; so be sure to get there when they arrive at 10:00 am, otherwise they always sell out!
More info: Visit www.curiositydoughnuts.com.
Where: 1275 Route 35, Middletown, 07748; 215 Route 22 East, Unit 7, Green Brook Township, 08812; 3246 Dune Drive, Avalon, 08202
Details: Duck Donuts got its name from the Outer Banks town of Duck, North Carolina. Owner Russ DiGilio spent years vacationing in the quiet, family-friendly town. But he took notice that warm, fresh donuts were nowhere to be found. After successfully opening a shop there, he brought his business home to NJ. The famous Duck Donut is a freshly-made vanilla cake donut. The most popular coatings include cinnamon sugar, chocolate icing, or peanut butter icing.
Why I like it: The website lets you order custom donuts online for pickup.
More info: Visit www.duckdonuts.com or call 732-671-3825 (Middletown), 732-529-5263 (Green Brook) or 609-830-3202 (Avalon).
Jersey Shore Donut Shops
Broad Street Dough Co
Where: 2005 Route 35 North, Oakhurst, 07755
Details: The custom creations here are always 100 percent made to order. In addition, the crew loves designing one-of-a-kind donuts for your special occasion. Every day, Broad Street Dough Co. offers more than 20 different donuts, plus numerous specials. Of course, if none of those satisfy your craving, you can also create your own donut. They also have vegan, gluten-free and parve varieties.
Why I like it: Although they are not a nut-free facility, Broad Street can accommodate most nut allergies; that is to say, the actual donut is made without nuts.
More info: Visit http://www.broadstreetdoughco.com/ or call 732-531-1401.
Where: 2006 Boardwalk, North Wildwood, 08260; 3339 West Avenue, Ocean City, 08226; 1225 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, 08226
Details: Talk about tasty possibilities; one Fractured Prune fanatic found there are more than 155,000 combinations of donuts available at these shops. Their best-selling donut, the OC Sand, is made with honey glaze, cinnamon, and sugar. The shop gets its name from Prunella Shriek; a spunky woman known as Fractured Prunella for the broken bones she would suffer competing in traditionally men’s sports. The shop celebrates her legacy by making each donut especially for the person ordering it.
Why I like it: Got an idea for a donut? Email the company and your suggestion could end up as their newest concoction.
More: Visit fracturedprune.com or call 609-425-0386 (North Wildwood); 267-614-6295 (Ocean City) or 609-399-0482 (Ocean City).
Purple Glaze Donuts etc.
Where: 516 Summerfield Avenue, Asbury Park, 07712
Details: After retiring from 25 years in higher education, Jackie Sharpe pursued her passion and became a pastry chef. The shop’s mission is to become a cozy spot where locals and newcomers can grab donuts and coffee. Their homemade donuts are slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Tasty creations include the popular Salty Dog donut, with caramel drizzle, dulce de leche filling, and sea salt sprinkle. Then there’s the Wake ‘n’ Bacon, with maple glaze and bacon bits.
Why I like it: An extensive vegan menu includes traditional items like vanilla glaze and chocolate sprinkle donuts. Additionally, they have fancy selections like the “Mango Tango,” a vanilla donut with vanilla icing, toasted coconut, and mango filling.
More info: Visit www.purpleglazedonuts.com or call 732-361-5308.
Shore Good Donuts
Where: 1211 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, 08008; 14 S. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 08008
Details: This shop is the brainchild of Todd Hunt and Rich Platt, longtime business partners for more than 10 years. Growing up and working in Long Beach Island, they felt the town was missing a specialty donuts shop. Flash forward to now, and Shore Good Donuts is a go-to destination for both locals and tourists. For hot summer days, we recommend the ice cream cake donut, which looks and tastes just like it sounds. Don’t worry if you’re stopping in after a day at the beach; shirts and shoes are not required.
Why I like it: Where else can you find LBI’s Original Donut Sundae? Choose any donut and top it with ice-cream, whipped cream, and a cherry for just $6.95.
More info: Visit www.shoregooddonuts.com or call 609-492-0100 (Ship Bottom); 609-492-0300 (Beach Haven).
Top That! Donuts
Where: 210 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, 08742
Details: This independent donut and coffee shop makes new creations year-round; choose from glazes like banana, mint or strawberry, along with filling options such as black raspberry jelly and apple pie. Toppings include pecan pieces, butter crunch, and mini marshmallows. Top That! Donuts also features signature donuts like The Hangover, maple glaze with bacon crumble; and Sinners Delight, chocolate glaze with butter crunch pieces and caramel drizzle.
Why I like it: North Jersey residents, rejoice– a second location is opening up in Rutherford in winter 2019.
More info: Visit topthatdonuts.com or call 732-899-2552.
South Jersey Donut Shops
Haddonfield Donut Company
Where: 14 Tanner Street, Haddonfield, 08033
Details: This quaint coffee and donut shop features the classics you love, like Maple Bacon or Cookies and Cream donuts. But it also offers imaginative creations like the Fruity Pebbles, a vanilla cake donut with strawberry glaze and Fruity Pebbles cereal on top. Not to mention, Haddonfield Donut Company has a whole line of stuffed donuts!
Why I like it: Order the Sugar Cookie Dough donut! It’s a vanilla cake donut with sugar cookie dough filling and a vanilla glaze.
More info: Visit www.haddonfielddonut.com or call 856-354-0006.
Mama Buntz’s Donut Company
Where: 421 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Sewell, 08080
Details: Custom donuts are the specialty at Mama Buntz’s Donut Company. Order some for your wedding, corporate event, or birthday party and be everyone’s new favorite. They hand-dip all donuts, which are also exclusively made to order. The tie-dye looking donut known as the “Lemon Blue” is not to be missed; it’s a perfectly tart cake donut with lemon frosting and blueberry drizzle.
Why I like it: Each week they give away a “niner,” a box of any nine donuts of your choosing. Follow along on Facebook for your chance.
More info: Visit www.mamabuntz.com or call 856-725-6552.
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