I’m personally not a fan of American donuts. The fried smell and aftertaste, the soft dough with super sweet glaze. No thanks. That is why the last time I was in Portland I didn’t want to wait in a long line to try the ever so popular Voodoo Doughnuts.
Well this year the kids had to try them, and the line wasn’t so long and went pretty fast. It’s a quirky rock punk doughnut shop with doughnut names like”cock n balls” and “triple chocolate penetration.” Even counter guy couldn’t stifle a giggle when I ordered it. They are loaded with sugary glaze, different cereals and differed powdered sugars.
Now, of course I had to compare these to another very popular doughnut shop in Portland called Blue Star Donuts. Apparently there’s a doughnut war happening between these two and each has their die hard fans. Blue Star is an upscale donut shop with flavors like Blueberry Burbon Basil and Cointreau Creme Brûlée amongst others. Blue Star has a few more locations in places like Los Angeles, Tokyo and of course Portland.
Having tried them both onto the judgement part. Voodoo’s doughnuts is the taste you would expect from your everyday doughnut shop. Very sweet and doughnuts were not the freshest tasting, slightly dried out. Blue Star were truly more upscale. The doughnuts were fresh and moist, they make them from brioche dough. They use very good chocolate like Valrhona, ingredients like vanilla bean, pure raspberry purée and herbs like basil and rosemary. Sounds strange for a doughnut, but they taste really nice, not overpowering at all. My favorite were the Lemon Poppyseed and the Valrhona Chocolate Crunch. I can say that in my opinion Blue Star Donuts are far more superior in taste and appearance than Voodoo Doughnuts. Have you tried the two? Let me know your opinion!