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Who doesn’t like a fresh, warm doughnut? The judges at The Daily Meal have chosen America’s top 25.

California’s doughnuts among the nation’s best

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 1:53 pm

After searching and tasting far and wide, the editors and judges at The Daily Meal have compiled their list of America’s 25 Best Doughnuts. Not surprisingly, California doughnut shops occupy five spots.

Interestingly, the judges focused on “the familiar ones we know and love” and did not consider the cronut (the doughnut-croissant hybrid) or “regional specialties like the sopapilla and the beignet.”

As for criteria, they paid strict attention to freshness and “the balance between components (such as toppings). Most importantly, (the best doughnuts) need to be groan-inducingly good: soft, gooey, perfectly proportioned and intended to leave you wanting one more bite.”

As for the California shops that made the list: Bouchon Bakery in Yountville for its jelly doughnut with seasonal preserves (No. 4); Stan’s Donuts in Los Angeles for its peanut butter and banana with chocolate chips; Danny’s Donuts in Vista for its blueberry cake-style (No. 6); Donut Man in Glendora for its peach-strawberry; and Bob’s Donuts in San Francisco for its apple fritter.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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