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August 4, 2012 – Evening Snack
Written by: Second Stomach
Blizzard did some research before our trip to Portland and recalled Voodoo Doughnut kept coming up as one of those “must try’s” when visiting Portland. When we arrived yesterday (August 3), we went out for an afternoon walk and stumbled on Voodoo Doughnut. Sure enough, there was a long line-up and we had no desire to be standing under the hot sun to wait. Blizzard, Purple Parrot, and I came back tonight after our dinner at Ping and found yet another line-up. This time, the temperature was cooler and we really didn’t mind waiting in line outside. We quickly discovered that the line moved quickly and before we knew it, we were already at the entrance and I chuckled when I saw this sign:
I was relieved to find that once you’re at the front of the line outdoors, there wasn’t really a line inside:
Most people were taking their time looking at the sample doughnuts on display and trying to make their choice:
Very quickly, we were there too and had very little time to make our choice. It’s so hard to make a choice when you see a board like this:
The doughnuts we selected tonight were:
Lemon Chiffon Crueller
Lemon Powdered Sugar
Bacon Maple Bar
Very quickly, we were presented with our pink box of doughnuts. I like the box; I think it matches the theme:
However, I couldn’t help but open it the moment we got back to our hotel room:
Portland Cream – $1.50
– This was one of Blizzard’s selections. It is described as a raised yeast doughnut filled with bavarian cream with chocolate on the top and two eyeballs.
– Honestly, it’s really their version of a Boston Cream. I didn’t think it tasted any better or any worse than the average Boston Cream. In comparison to other Boston Creams that I’ve had, I’d say this one was much sweeter. In fact, I thought it was too sweet and the doughnut itself could have been softer.
Here’s a closer look inside the doughnut. Exactly like a Boston Cream (with the exception of the two eyeballs):
Lemon Chiffon Crueller – $1.30
This was Purple Parrot’s selection. It is described as a french crueller with vanilla frosting, lemon dust, and three marshmallows. I think she enjoyed it.
Lemon Powdered Sugar – $1.50
This is another one of Purple Parrot’s selections. Basically it’s a filled doughnut with lemon cream and the outside is dusted with powdered sugar. She must have been craving lemon because both her doughnut selections were lemon themed. She saved her doughnut for the following day to enjoy.
Butterfingering – $1.50
– Blizzard and I happened to both choose this doughnut as one of the two doughnuts that we each purchased! It is described as a chocolate cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and butterfinger crumbles.
– I had mine the following morning for breakfast. When I had my first bite, I felt it was overwhelmingly sweet. The topping was interesting though – having something crunchy with the cake doughnut was enjoyable. By the end of the doughnut, I didn’t think the doughnut was that sweet anymore. I suppose my taste buds completely sensitized themselves to sugar.
Bacon Maple Bar – $2.50
– This was one of my doughnut selections. It’s described as a yeast doughnut with maple frosting and bacon on top. I’ve been wanting to try a maple doughnut with bacon for a long time and this was my chance.
– The doughnut was very soft and there was a thick layer of maple frosting. The bacon was salty and crispy.
– I have to say I totally enjoyed this. It was a great combination of salty and sweet and crispy with soft textures. Overall, this doughnut did suffer from the same problem of the other doughnuts – it was too sweet. I had this with a cup of tea which helped to temper the sugar.
Voodoo Doughnut was a unique experience for us. The theme is very creative and everything about them revolves around that theme – from the design and decor, to the signage, to the unique doughnut names, to the presentation of the doughnuts (and box) themselves. I can understand why they are a tourist attraction as they’ve taken a theme and really run away with it. The doughnuts that they serve are very sweet, so I’d classify them as more like “dessert” doughnuts rather than breakfast items. There are multiple locations in Portland and given their popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised if they expanded.
– Trendy theme. Creative doughnut names. Great presentation.
– Open late.
– Pricing is relatively reasonable for something unique.
– Expect a line-up
– Doughnuts are on the sweeter side. More like dessert – make sure to have them with coffee or tea.