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The Best Donut and Wine Pairings Plus Other Fun Party Ideas with Donuts

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Donuts have found their place into many office morning meetings, where sleepy-eyed executives dip these desserts in coffee. They have also become a part of many police officer jokes. Also, Homer Simpson is always associated with a donut in hand.

We have even discussed how donuts are making their way into weddings. This wonderous sweet treat has become part of our everyday lives so it isn’t surprising that donuts have “grown up.” Many have discovered that donuts make great party additions for both adults and children. Recently, wine lovers have been finding the perfect pairings of wine and donuts for a surprisingly refreshing event.

Best Donuts and Wine Pairings

Wine and donuts are two of the world’s favorite treats, so it only makes sense that people would begin to pair the two together. Whether you are planning a wine tasting at a local art gallery, an evening gathering with friends or are looking for something different for a bachelorette party, consider trying some of these wine and donut combinations.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Jelly-Filled Donuts

This wine carries notes of cherry, blackberry, and plum. This wine is a perfect pair with jelly-filled donuts to enhance the many berry notes.

Pinot Noir and Filled Long Johns

When it comes to combining creamy vanilla and sweet chocolate, the third combination for this taste is usually darker berries. The light cherry undertones of this wine are perfect for that combination.

Riesling and Glazed Donuts

The sweetness of a glazed donut requires a wine that is on the semi-sweet side. They also need a flavor that won’t completely mask the vanilla. Reisling does this perfectly with its semi-sweet, floral notes that make help vanilla in the donuts stand out.

Syrah and Double Chocolate Donut

Both cherries and strawberries go perfectly with chocolate. Knowing this, we found that the intense fruit flavor of Syrah goes well with the double-chocolate goodness of this donut. This combination will have your taste buds experiencing an even more decadent pairing.

Moscato and Strawberry Frosted Donut

The light taste of Moscato is a mysterious, yet subtle, fruit flavor. When paired with a frosted strawberry donut, there is no question that this sweet wine is definitely carrying strawberry. This pairing is utterly fantastic.

Sherry and Apple-Cinnamon Filled

Sherry has the unmistakable flavor of caramel. When you think of caramel-covered apples, it brings a feeling of nostalgia surrounding county fairs and summer carnivals. The two are a perfect combination for a walk down memory lane.

Other Fun Party Ideas with Donuts

For family-friendly events that include non-wine drinkers and kids, you don’t have to put the donuts aside because they can make any event a little bit more fun. Consider including one or more of the following ideas into your next get-together.

The Donut Game

For this game, you will need string and a donut for each person. Secure a long string from one end of the room to another, or between two trees if you are outside. For each person, put a strong through a donut hole and secure it to the main line.

This way, the donut hangs down at mouth level. Tell everyone they are not allowed to use their hands for this game. At the signal, everyone must try to eat the dangling donuts and the first one to finish wins.

Birthday “Cake”

Arrange donuts in a pyramid shape that is large enough around to place candles around. This is an entertaining idea for a teenager’s birthday parties. You can even use frosted donuts that match the party’s theme.

Dessert Bar

Instead of creating a dessert for a family dinner or holiday party, set up a long table with a variety of donuts and drinks. Pick a variety of donuts and display them on plates. Have a variety of drinks to go along with them such as milk and coffee and allow guests to help themselves.

Decorate Your Donut

You’ve heard of parties where kids (and adults) get to build their own ice cream sundaes. Why not adopt this idea for a donut themed party? As an activity, set out plain donuts, a variety of frostings and glazes, sprinkles, nuts, coconut, etc. and allow everyone to make their dream donut.

Invite Us to Your Event

For your next event, contact Shipley Do-Nuts and let us help you pick out the perfect combination of donuts for your party, for children or adults. Our selection is large enough to fit every taste. Whether you are planning a child’s birthday party or holding a wine and donut tasting to benefit charity, we are thrilled to share our donuts with you.

Why Donuts are the New Wedding Favorite

There is something about donuts that appeal to nearly everyone. This tasty treat has been bringing smiles to people for generations. The donut has been a part of birthday parties, picnics, late-night study sessions and more. Recently, the donut has been making appearances at weddings all over the country. Let’s explore why wedding donuts are gaining popularity at these memorable events.

Memorable Cake

Think about creating a cake made of donuts. With a traditional cake, there are always going to be people who don’t like the flavor. On the other hand, we have a wide variety of donut flavors available on our menu. You can customize your wedding donut display so that everyone can find something they enjoy. You will also have perfectly proportioned servings without having to cut the “cake” or worry about the mess. This alternative wedding cake will be talked about fondly for years to come.


Be adventurous and create displays of multi-colored donuts or decide on a single color that will coordinate perfectly with all the wedding decorations. You can also include a variety of flavors in the same color scheme. For example, powdered sugar, white-iced and coconut would all fit with a traditional white color scheme.

Something For Everyone

With 60 donut varieties, customers will find at least one flavor that appeals to them. For those on special diets, such as low carb, they too can enjoy a donut with fewer calories. These customers can avoid the guilt that might come with eating a traditional wedding cake.

Wedding Guest Favors

Switch it up a bit and ditch the typical bubbles and matchbook wedding guest favors. Make your favors stand out and gift each guest some decorative donuts. They will be glad you took the time to give such delicious wedding favors.


Let’s face it, very few people have a negative memory associated with donuts. Donuts are one of the ultimate comfort foods and have a way of bringing smiles to those who eat them. You want your day to be full of love and happiness, and serving donuts would be the perfect addition.

Invite Us to Your Wedding

If you are planning a wedding, take a look at our store locator and find a Shipley Do-Nut shop close to you. Our friendly staff will take the time to review our menu with you, make suggestions for ways you can incorporate the donuts into your special day, and answer any questions. We can also cater your event and remove the unnecessary stress of dessert preparation. Don’t wait for the wedding day, visit one of our locations and visit us today.


Donuts around the World (donut recipes)

Glazed, jelly-filled, or chocolate frosted – we’re all familiar with these and many other common varieties of donuts we see in most donut shops. However, do you ever wonder what kind of donuts they have in other places around the globe? Take a world trip around the world (by way of donuts) and explore two of our favorite international recipes.

Mochi Donuts (Japan)

Mochi DonutThese tasty donut holes have a slightly crisp outside and a soft inside. The combination of flavors is likely to turn these into family favorites.

  • Mix 1/4 cup of rice flour and 2 tablespoons of milk. Place in a microwave for about 45 seconds, stirring once at the 30-second mark. Set this aside.
  • Place 1 3/4 cups rice flour, 1/2 cup whole milk, 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted), 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon Matcha powder into a mixing bowl and mix on low until blended. Add to the mixture from the above step and blend well.
  • Dust a flat surface with some rice flour and roll out the dough, creating a long tube. Cut the dough tube into equal-sized pieces and roll each piece into a small donut-hole sized ball.
  • Heat your deep fryer and carefully place the dough balls in it, being careful not to crowd them too closely. Fry until the outside is slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the hot oil and allow them to drain on a paper towel.
  • Mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon Matcha powder. Place fried balls on a plate and sprinkle this mixture over the donut holes. Serve warm.

Lokma (Turkey)

LokmaThe word “lokma” is translated to mean “mouthful,” and that is exactly what these bite-sized donut holes are. They are often considered the perfect treat for special occasions.

1. Mix:

1 1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
Let this sit for ten minutes.

2. Oil a wooden spoon with vegetable oil and use it to mix:

2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon salt
Add the yeast water from the 1st step. Mix until a soft dough is formed.

3. Cover and place in a warm area for approximately 1 1/2 hours, or until the mixture has doubled in size.

4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.

5. Use a tablespoon to drop the dough into the hot oil and cook until golden brown, turning as necessary to make sure the morsels brown evenly.

6. As you are waiting for the oil to heat, mix:

3 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Place the mixture into a saucepan and cook over low heat, bringing it to a boil and allowing it to become a syrup-like texture. This takes about fifteen minutes.

7. Once the fried dough has drained and cooled, drizzle the syrup mixture over the donut holes and enjoy!

Explore the World of Donuts

These recipes are only two of the many varieties of donuts from around the world. You can delight your family by doing a search and making a different donut each month.

Try these Indian Jalebis that resemble funnel cakes next. Take time to discover different cultures while you enjoy these tasty treats for a fun family bonding activity.

Find Us

For the best donuts in the United States, check out our online donut shop locator to find a Shipley Do-Nut shop near you.

With 190 locations to choose from, there is bound to be one just a short trip away.

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What is the Most Popular Kind of Donut?

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Since they first appeared on bakery shelves in the mid-1800’s, donuts have been a favorite treat of millions. One thing that makes them so popular is the variety of flavors available. These fried and sometimes baked dough treats come in so many variations that even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find at least one kind that whets their appetite. While we couldn’t find any scientific studies that declared one variety stood out above the rest, our history of selling donuts has shown us what varieties are popular. Here are what we have found to be the most popular kinds of donuts.


The original glazed donut has remained the favorite throughout history. These come in fry cakes or raised yeast varieties and even in twists, but the shape doesn’t seem to matter.

Chocolate Frosted With Sprinkles

Sprinkles aren’t the only favorite on ice cream. The plain donut with chocolate frosting looks to sell even better when covered with colorful sprinkles.

Double Chocolate

There is a significant portion of the population that can’t resist anything chocolate, and donuts are no exception. The chocolate cake covered with either a chocolate glaze or chocolate frosting never stays on bakery shelves long.


Plain donuts sprinkled with cinnamon seems to take us back to the days when grandmothers made a batch of homemade donuts in the kitchen as we stood by watching. These seem to be about even in popularity with the sugar-sprinkled donut. Both take us back to the comfort of childhood when the world was a much slower and peaceful place.

Boston Cream

The sensation of biting into a donut and having the sweet yellow custard filling create a party for the taste buds is something we all have experienced at least once. It is a taste that curbs the worst sweet tooth and is considered by many to be their go-to comfort food when they feel down.


Of the jelly-filled donuts, apple filling is by far the favorite, the sweet jelly-like filling reminds us of holiday pies. The filling is wrapped in fried dough and sprinkled generously with cinnamon-sugar for a dessert that would find a home at the most elite dinner table.

Final Words

You can find all these donuts and many more at a Shipley Do-Nut shop near you. We carry all the most popular varieties and many more, sixty kinds to be exact. Stop by and try out a few different kinds and let us know which donut variety you think should be most popular.

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Where Are Donuts Most Popular?

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Donuts have been around in one form or another for centuries. The donut as we know it, round with a hole in the middle, became popular in the early days of the United States. The sweet doughy treats have found their way into nearly every town of this country and have even traveled across oceans. Many places have developed special flavors that draw crowds to taste them, but the classic flavors like glazed and angel cream-filled are still the most popular. Even though donuts have become widespread throughout the whole country, there are still some specific cities where they remain especially popular.

Nashville, TN

Donuts are popular here because they offer a quick breakfast before a full day’s schedule of fun. They make great after-concert treats for adults and kids alike. Packing the car with donuts and other treats, you can get out and enjoy anything that comes your way during the day without having to spend time looking for a place to stop and eat.

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson offers the laid-back atmosphere of days gone by. Residents love tradition, and those traditions include a Saturday trip to the donut shop with the little ones. They also find their way to many church suppers and summer cookouts.

Aurora, Colorado

Mountain hikes are big here. Hikers have found that donuts are easy to pack in their bags, make quick nourishment breaks that leave only crumbs behind (which the birds quickly clean up), and they offer a taste of familiarity when you are surrounded by the sounds of nature that are so often quiet among the city noise.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is famous for all the Texas grandness. For all the activity and wildness that draws people to this city, the down-home atmosphere of a donut shop that has a history of making people smile with its simple goodness and open friendliness is one of the favorite places here.

El Dorado, Arkansas

This may not be the El Dorado of movies and books, but the people here consider donuts to be a treasure. Whether out for an evening stroll or on the way to a weekend sporting event, the residents and visitors to this southern town take a stroll back into the past where life was less stressful, and the smell of freshly made donuts could put everyone in a better mood.

Wherever you wander, take a moment to find out where you can find the local Shipley Do-Nuts shop. We have the donuts that will make anywhere you are the best place to eat a donut!

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What Kind of Donuts Are There?


The origin of donuts is something that many people feel will never be known for sure. Originally, the sweet dough was fried and people didn’t like the way the outside would get crispy but the middle remained uncooked. Today, the sweet dough now comes in varieties that see it covered in many different frostings, glazes, and items such as sprinkles. Others come with sweet cream or fruit flavor nestled inside. Your local donut shop will have donuts in a variety of shapes, but exactly what kinds of basic donuts are there? Let’s take a look.

Yeast Donuts

This batter is prepared with yeast that helps the donut rise to a fluffy goodness. The batter is more like a sweet bread. It is this yeast batter that is often adapted for donuts with fillings. Yeast donuts can also be made by twisting the batter so that it forms a long treat that is most often covered with glaze.

Cake Donuts

Cake donuts have a consistency that is more like a cake than bread. They are often heavier in texture than yeast donuts, and are normally only found in the traditional ring shape. When people make donuts at home, it is more often the cake type that is prepared.


Old fashioned donuts have a more ragged appearance that allows for a more outer surface. These donuts are normally round with a hole in the middle, but they are less dense than the traditional yeast donut and have a crispier texture because of the greater exterior surface.


These are the basics of all the donuts you now find in your local bakery. Some have developed different names, such as the fritter, with bits of fruit mixed into the batter before frying, or the long john, which is a cream-filled donut that is shaped like a long bullet rather than in a circle.

Donut vs. Doughnut

There is actually no difference between these. Originally, the fried-dough treats were spelled ‘doughnut.’ When bakers decided to introduce this treat into other countries, they shortened the spelling to make it easier to spell in non-English speaking countries. However you spell it, it all comes down to one of the country’s most popular bakery items.

Check out the large variety of donuts available at your nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop. We have over sixty varieties, which is plenty to satisfy the sweet tooth of even the pickiest of eaters. If leaving the house doesn’t appeal to you right this moment, stop by our online store and check out what we have to offer.

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Participate in 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids' Meals!

Participate in the 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids’ Meals!

Participate in 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids' Meals!

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Shipley Do-Nuts started a new tradition four years ago that we hope to continue well into the future. Our fourth annual Do-Nut Dash is slated to take place on Saturday, April 14th and this is going to be our best year yet. We welcome you and your family to be part of the fun.

What is the Do-Nut Dash?

The Do-Nut Dash is a two-mile walk/run that starts at 9 AM at BBVA Compass Stadium and ends at the 8th Wonder Brewery. Adults can join to participate for $30 and kids for $20 (little ones may ride in strollers or wagons). All proceeds will be given to Kids’ Meals to help them continue their work. Participants not only get the pleasure of knowing they are helping a worthy organization, but will enjoy participation gifts such as free t-shirts, discounted baseball tickets, and chances to win a year’s worth of Shipley Do-Nuts and concert tickets.

What is Kids’ Meals?

Kids’ Meals is a non-profit organization that realized our youngest citizens, those still too young for school, often get over-looked when free meal programs are created to help them get at least one nutritional meal each day. Kids’ Meals has made it their mission to home deliver upwards of 2,700 meals a day to these children, who are often in homes where the parents can’t always provide the meals they need. These children are able to count on at least one nutritionally sound meal a day, five days a week. One hundred percent of the profits made during our fourth annual Do-Nut Dash will go to this program, which has benefited from over $55,000 from our previous three years.

The After Party

The after party of this annual event is often the most fun. All participants will receive a t-shirt along with free milk and donuts. In addition, children can get their faces painted and participate in a donut-themed costume contest that will grant the winner a year’s worth of donuts from Shipley Do-Nuts. Those over the age of 21 will get a free beverage from 8th Wonder Brewery. We want to make sure that all of our participants feel great about giving back to the community as well as have a blast throughout the process.

See You at the Finish Line!

You are invited to join in on what we hope is going to be our biggest and best year yet. Avoid the registration lines by signing up online before the event. Shipley Do-Nuts has been serving smiles since 1936. Help us and Kids’ Meals spread those smiles even further with our newest generation. See you on April 14th, rain or shine!

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3 Easy Donut Glaze Recipes

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For various reasons, you may want to purchase our plain donuts and make glaze at home. This can be the case when you have a favorite recipe, or you won’t be serving the donuts immediately and prefer a fresher glaze. Our menu of donuts go well with various kinds of glaze so we have decided to share with you some of our favorites, outside of our own that is.

Basic Glaze

This is a traditional glaze and the one most people think about when they think of glazed donuts.

Measure out two cups of powdered sugar. Add a quarter cup of milk and one teaspoon of vanilla. Mix the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and either drizzle the glaze over the donuts or dip the whole donut in for an all over coverage. For more of a vanilla taste, you can add an extra teaspoon of vanilla. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time.

Chocolate Glaze

In a microwave-safe bowl, place 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Add two tablespoons of butter, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and one tablespoon plus one teaspoon (four teaspoons) of light corn syrup. Heat in the microwave, stirring every fifteen seconds, until the chocolate chips are melted. Remove from the microwave and stir again, making sure the glaze is smooth. Drizzle or dip the donuts as desired. Place on a cake rack and allow to completely set. If you want, you can dip the donuts a second time for an even thicker glaze.

Maple-Coffee Glaze

Here’s one for you coffee lovers!

Start with 1/2 cup brewed coffee. Mix in 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, one teaspoon of maple flavoring and two tablespoons of melted butter. Add a small pinch of salt to bring the flavors together. Mix all the ingredients together until the glaze is smooth. You can add a bit more powdered sugar for a thicker glaze. Drizzle over the donuts or completely immerse them in the glaze for an all over covering. Let sit on a cake rack until glaze sets.

Making your own glaze for donuts often makes them seem a bit more special, plus you can honestly take credit for them at the church potluck. If you prefer the no-fuss way of enjoying what is our best selling donut, stop by the nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop and pick some up. You won’t be able to tell the difference between our donuts and the ones you make in your kitchen.

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How do Donuts Get Their Shape?

How Did Donuts Get Their Shape?

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The exact history of donuts isn’t known. It is likely that some version has existed since man first started using fire and making dough. The shape of donuts, however, is not as much of a mystery.

Captain Hansen

In 1847, an American ship captain claims to have been the first person to ever put a hole in a donut. Before then, the dough was fried in hot oil and the outside of the finished product was crispy but the inside was still uncooked. This made for horrible digestion and a not-so-tasty treat. Captain Hansen started thinking and wondered what would happen if the middle was simply removed. What he discovered was a scrumptious treat that had the crispy outside and cake-like inside we have come to love.

Before the Hole

Before people started cooking donuts with holes in them, Dutch cooks tried to get rid of the raw middles by shaping the dough around some kind of filling that didn’t require cooking. This idea quickly caught on and spread. This is thought to be the predecessor of today’s filled donut.

Alternative Explanations

While the reasoning that was quoted by Captain Hansen is considered the most logical one, there are two others that are popular.

Bagels were starting to become popular in New York City and bakeries often displayed them on spindles. It seemed to donut bakers that doing the same with the donuts might get them in front of customers easier, so they started putting a hole in them to make this possible. It is thought, however, that this explanation isn’t very likely.

Our favorite origin story takes us back to Captain Hansen. It was rumored that the young Captain enjoyed his donuts above all other foods. His mother reportedly always sent some with him on his voyages. One day he was faced with a horrible storm at sea and he needed both hands free to steer the ship. Not wanting his donuts to get lost, he reportedly jammed them onto the spokes of the ship’s wheel, keeping them nearby for when he could eat them once the storm had passed and the ship was out of danger.

Final Thoughts

Historians agree that the practical reasoning of trying to prevent uncooked middles is most likely the real reason donuts have the shape they do. For more interesting donut history facts, check out this article on the history of the donut. If reading about tasty donuts has gotten you thinking about how good one would taste, take a trip to your nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop today.

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Celebrities Who Love Donuts

A Celebrity Donut Affair: Celebrities Who Love Donuts

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Donuts are a nationwide favorite, with thousands of fans across the world. Celebrities are no exception to the tasty treat’s fan base, and many are proud lovers of the guilty pleasure. From donut birthday cakes to family donut runs, check out these celebrities who fully flaunt their donut love!


Beyoncé is well known to be a huge donut lover! From her now-famous donut cake on Good Morning America, to her large orders of donuts while on tour (she even once ordered 4,000 donuts for her crew every day of a tour), Beyoncé has openly admitted donuts are her go-to sweet treat.

Taylor Swift

It’s no secret; Taylor Swift loves all tasty food. From cheeseburgers to candy, she loves to indulge in tempting treats. But donuts are a special favorite of Swift’s! She often makes late-night donut runs to satisfy her sweet tooth cravings, and can be seen with the delicious delicacy throughout her Instagram feed.

Zac Efron

Zac Efron is an avid donut lover, and often delights in the fluffy pleasure. Though usually on a strict diet and exercise regimen to stay in top shape for roles such as Baywatch, Efron treats himself to his favorite sweet every once in a while.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck fully enjoys donut runs, even in the rain! The popular actor has repeatedly been seen picking up a dozen of the delectable desserts, often accompanied by one of his adorable children or his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, to take home and enjoy. Guess the Batmobile does more than drive him to crime!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is all about food, but donuts are one of her favorite indulgences! Not only are some of her clothes covered in donuts (even her workout socks have printed donuts!), but she’s also posed in front of a donut-filled wall on Twitter and posted about her donut pregnancy cravings. She’s also been known to enjoy the golden confection with many of her famous friends, including Rita Ora and Jamie Chung.

Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama has been spotted many times making donut runs, particularly while on campaign during his presidency. He would often visit local donut shops and fill up on the golden treats, buying enough for all with him on the trip.

Whether it’s by celebrities on the big screen or on the radio, donuts are a highly loved delicacy favorited by many people in the industry. Even celebrities can’t resist the golden puffs of perfection!

Want to indulge in a tasty treat like these celebrities? Visit Shipley Do-Nuts and find your favorite today! With over 60 varieties to choose from, you’re sure to satisfy any craving. Shipley Do-Nuts are located all across the South; to find the nearest donut shop, check out our locations today!

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