From the classic glazed ring to the―literal―jam-packed puffs, donuts are a diverse species of fried dessert. With such a wide range of potential shapes, fillings, and toppings, donuts have become the ultimate canvas for creative chefs around the world. However, many of those designs come with a hefty price tag. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the most expensive donuts in the world and explore the exotic ingredients behind them.
The Cristal Ube Donut
Designed by Chef Bjorn DelaCruz, the Cristal Ube donut comes from a popular Filipino restaurant called the Manilla Social Club in Brooklyn, New York. This establishment is famous for its delicious purple ube donuts.
Easily one of New York’s most expensive donuts, the Cristal Ube can be exclusively ordered on Fridays. They are uniquely crafted with fresh yams and topped with a special icing of Braven White IPA. Cristal champagne and touches of 24-karat gold leaves shoot the price tag through the roof at a solid $100 per donut.
From the Manilla Social Club comes yet another extreme donut with a hefty cost. At $150 per donut, the Patronut is the next creation by Chef Bjorn DelaCruz. Unlike the Cristal Ube, this confection is a rose petal donut with a unique margarita jelly that packs a punch. Spicy ginger-jalapeno creates a bold taste in the center while a fresh tequila frosting is layered above. Sprinkles of edible silver and platinum adorn the top adding value and flair.
The name Patronut is also a clever portmanteau. For fans of the Harry Potter series, this donut takes its name from the famous and dazzling protective apparition, the patronus. This donut was exclusively available during the week of Cinco De Mayo and gave all proceeds towards the American Cancer Society.
Krispy Kreme Special
At a whopping $1,274, the famous Krispy Kreme donut brand created a special golden donut that once reigned supreme as the most expensive donut in the world. For National Donut Week (a fundraiser for the UK Children’s Trust charity), Krispy Kreme assembled a towering dessert with Dom Pérignon vintage 2002 champagne jelly, Chateau d’Yquem crème with raspberry, 24-karat gold leaves, edible diamonds, and gold-dusted Belgian chocolate flowers. The donut itself is created with a raspberry and passionfruit syrup and a 500-year-old Courvoisier de L’Esprit Cognac.
The Luxury Zebra Cro
London’s Dum Dum Donutterie certainly faces a number of fierce competitors in the donut game. However, their Luxury Zebra Cro takes the prize of the most expensive donut in the world. At nearly $2000, this exotic black and white donut is comprised of some of the most delectable and costly ingredients you can imagine. The croissant dough consists of saffron-infused butter, Amedei Porcelana chocolate, and Tahitian gold vanilla beans. Decorating the top is shiny gold leaf flakes and Cristal rosé champagne caviar.
The next time you want to sink your teeth into a delicious donut, you don’t have to break the bank and travel halfway across the globe! Shipley Do-Nuts is nationwide and offers a wide selection of delectable donuts at a much more affordable price. With over 60 varieties to choose from, there is a perfect flavor combo for everyone of all ages. Shipley Do-Nuts even offers sausage and cheese kolaches for when you crave something savory. Explore the vast menu and stop by the shop today!