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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For the complete list, go to www.thedailymeal.com/americas-25-best-doughnuts/12313.