Renowned in the Portland area for their excellent and unique doughnuts, I had a chance to try out Voodoo doughnuts downtown. Owned by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, Voodoo Doughnuts has become world famous. When the 2 owners first decided to open a doughnut shop, they didn’t even know how to make them. They traveled to California to learn from masters.
But just plain doughnuts would not do. The menu, which changes often, includes such masterpieces as the City of Portland, dirt doughnut, butterfingerings, dirty snowballs, arnold palmer, grape apes, cock & balls and the bacon maple bar. The doughnuts themselves, are pretty basic, it’s the toppings that make them unique. Note here the cereal topped doughnut, the voodoo doughnut and the famous bacon maple bar.
At one point in time, they offered the nyquil and pepto bismol glazed doughtnuts. But the FDA put a stop to that. They determined that it was unhealthy to sell medicine crossed with sugar laden pastries.
The two owners also learned marketing skills in California, making connections with and naming stars such as Brat Pitt. They have been featured in the likes of Playboy, Travelocity, the Tonight Show, Good Morning American, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain.
I tried out the Maple Blazer Blunt. It was a cinnamon coated raised doughnut topped with maple icing and red candies. Personally I thought it was waaaay too sweet. But I eat very little sugar. The doughnut without the topping was good, it was the topping that was too much.
If you’re looking for something unique for a wedding or other special occasion, the Davis location of Voodoo Doughnuts offers a setting for you. The 2 owners are licensed to perform a wedding ceremony complete with doughnuts and coffee for all your guests, a doughnut centerpiece and even bride and groom doughnuts.
If you’re a huge fan of doughnuts, check out the giant “Tex-Ass” doughnut. It is the size of 4 full size doughnuts and if you can eat it in less than 1 minute, 20 seconds it’s free!
Check out their website for more information about their doughnuts and other special events like doughnut eating contests and live music.Check out some photos of some of theirs and other unique doughnuts at When Doughnuts and not just Doughnuts.