MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There is an old adage that says, “The best donut is the one you’re eating right now.”

While that is certainly true, there can only be one Best of Minnesota — and the winner’s reputation precedes itself.

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Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop in Red Wing was voted best bakery by viewers, so it is only fitting that they would also make your favorite donut.

Bill Hanisch (credit: CBS)

Bill Hanisch (credit: CBS)

“Yeah, I mean, well, we should have the best donuts,” owner Bill Hanisch said. “The bakery’s been around for a long, long time. You know, it’s been this location since 1954.”

In that time, it has always had a family last name.

“Pirius’, Braschler’s and now Hanisch’s,” he said. “And actually before that was the Quandt’s, so it’s just been a family-run bakery in downtown Red Wing.”

Hanisch, known to his fans at the “Bunman,” entered into the mix about 20 years ago.

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“I got fired from a golf course job when I was 15 or 16, and applied here to work in packaging, and started here mopping floors,” Hanisch said. “Worked my way up!”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Do not be mistaken, though. The Bunman was well-trained at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts. After school, he came back to his hometown — eventually buying the bakery in 2007.

“Why do people love donuts? Homer Simpson, I guess!” Hanisch said. “It’s a comfort food, you know, it really is. Whether you’re happy, sad, mad or whatever … that’s why bakeries are great.”

They do not cut corners at Hanisch’s, making just about everything from scratch. It is a simple recipe for success.

“The highest-quality ingredients, because then you’re going to get the highest-quality product,” Hanisch said. “I think I added up this morning, it was 57 different kinds of donuts we make on a daily basis. And that’s just the donuts.”

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Yes, Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop sells lots of baked goods besides donuts. And they have a cafe serving up soups, salads and sandwiches.