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Top Five: Toronto’s best doughnuts

Now dominating our collective sweet tooth: crazy, creative versions of the classic treat

Top Five: Toronto's best doughnuts
1. Blueberry Balsamic

Paulette’s, the online doughnut service started by Devin and Luke Connell and Graham Bower, serves dense cake-style doughnuts. This amazing sweet-tart version is made with wild blueberry glaze, lemon juice and zest, and aged balsamic vinegar.

2. Double Chocolate S’Mores

Ashley Jacot De Boinod of Parkdale’s Glory Hole makes her yeast doughnuts from scratch in outrageous flavour combinations, including pumpkin almond cheesecake and, our favourite, the Double Chocolate S’Mores, a chocolatey concoction topped with torched marshmallow. 1596 Queen St. W., 647-352-4848.

3. Nenshi

The Calgary-based shop Jelly Modern Doughnuts, which opened here last summer, named its top treat for hometown mayor Naheed Nenshi. It’s dipped in caramel ganache and topped with drizzles of maple butter and sprinkles of sea salt. 376 College St., 416-962-2053.

4. Spicy Mexican

Rachelle Cadwell of Dough by Rachelle began selling her giant doughnuts—like the Spicy Mexican, glazed with chili chocolate and topped with crushed corn nuts—from the back door of the restaurant Beast. Now you can get them on weekends during brunch service. 96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000.

5. Cinnamon-Sugar Minis

The tiny indie espresso joint Little Nicky’s made a name for itself with these mini-doughnuts, fried to order on an old-fashioned conveyor belt machine. The rings are perfectly pillowy, made for popping into your mouth in quick succession. 375 Queen St. W., 416-260-0500.

  • pauly t

    Love paulettes! You can buy them at delica kitchen in leslieville and deer park ive been told.

  • Jenny

    Been to Jelly Modern Doughnuts quite a few times and its always amazing! Try the coconut one, its the best!

  • Matt Mernagh

    I love the glory hole donuts!

  • s b

    Little Nicky’s are amazing..warm, delectable and oh sooo good..their coffee and house baked pastries r to die for as well

  • Havingalook

    Man, you folks miss out consistently – every time – on really telling the public where the BEST things are. Sure Paulett’s Blueberry Balsmic is orgasmic (is it even called Paulett’s any longer – I thought it had changed its name?)

    BUT you have missed EMMA’S COUNTRY KITCHEN doughnuts – Rachel Pellett/Heather Mee the owners/chefs won the Doughnut Showdown $10,000 cash prize against to American competitors and hands down have the best doughnuts – so good their phone rings off the hook asking what today’s flavour is and ask them to be put aside. Articles like this simply don’t credit you when you miss, forget, disregard, leave off, or simply are not at all clued in to the real pulse of this city.

    How on earth did you leave off Emma’s Country Kitchen and their PRIZE WINNING doughnuts. Shame – shame on you. It is simply unforgivable.

  • realpigasus

    Glad no stupid bacon-topped doughnuts made the grade.