What is the Most Popular Kind of Donut?

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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