The donut has a long history of questionable origin but is well-known as a favorite treat all over the world. In Minnesota, locals can hardly help themselves, there are so many great places to get these delicious calorie bombs. While the traditional glazed or jelly-filled versions tend to be the most popular, there are interesting flavors and varieties that you have yet to taste. These places in Minnesota (to name only a few), have taken donut making to an entirely new level. Using creativity and skill, bakers bring out untraditional flavors that will knock your socks off!
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Mojo Monkey Donuts
1169 7th St. W
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-0142

St. Paul is home to a quaint little donut shop on the corner called Mojo Monkey. Started by some bakers that understand the art of the donut, Mojo Monkey often runs out of their day’s batch early in the morning. Enjoy a non-pretentious cake donut with rainbow sprinkles or a fancy maple bacon one. Mojo is creative and fun, serving up all handmade and original varieties from plain to outrageous. Their attention to detail is obvious and their coffee is also a hit.

Donut Hut
31 Little Canada Rd. E
St. Paul, MN 55117
(651) 481-0079

The home of traditional donuts may just be the most untraditional thing right now. While everyone’s going crazy for odd combinations like cayenne pepper donuts and peanut butter apple, The Donut Hut keeps it simple. While not necessarily untraditional, it would be a sin not to include this hidden gem in a donut list. Donut Hut is a ma and pa type of shop that bakes their goods fresh every morning at 4 a.m. and has a line out the door until they’re gone. Get some of the freshest apple fritters, bismarks and glazed delights you’ve ever had.

Johnson’s Bakery
4509 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55804
(218) 525-9988

Duluth is home to a bakery that has been turning out delicious donuts for over 60 years. Johnson’s Bakery makes the best of all kinds of sweets but really excels at making a memorable donut. Aside from the traditional long johns and glazed goodies, they use seasonal ingredients to create seasonal and unique flavors you can only get at certain times of the year. Try the fall applesauce donut or the Thanksgiving pumpkin donut. Year round, cake donuts and donut holes are the way to go. These guys are so good that the original bakers are immortalized in the Minnesota Bakers Hall of Fame.

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A Baker’s Wife
4200 S 28th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-6898

Delightful cookies, cakes, bread, and…donuts of course! A Baker’s Wife is that old-school corner bakery that makes everything fresh and puts 100 percent pride into their art. Unlike the new donut shops popping up around town, A Baker’s Wife doesn’t charge a fortune for a donut. Go early and get a fresh, still warm cinnamon sugar donut for under a dollar! Make sure you bring cash though, this place is cash only.

A Dozen Excuses Donuts
1112 Tower Ave.
Superior, WI 54880
(218) 409-2525

I know, this donut shop is not in Minnesota, but it’s close. Close enough to actually see Minnesota from the shop. It is so fabulous, A Dozen Excuses belongs on this list. Fresh and fantastic, unusual donuts and the regulars; whatever you get you will love it. The strawberry donut has pieces of strawberry in it and they have great varieties that include a Butterfinger donut and a Reese’s donut. And they have great coffee to go with your hot and fresh treat.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.