We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.
While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.
Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have become a main attraction, with shoppers bypassing the farm produce and heading straight to the doughnut machine.
“Every day, all the time, we are always selling doughnuts,” said Dreyer. “I’m not sure of the correlation with the farm market but they will be looking at vegetables and leave with the doughnuts.”
Dreyer estimates that they sell over four thousand doughnuts in a busy weekend — firing up the doughnut machine for 12 batches with 30 dozen doughnuts in each batch.
While lots of doughnut fans flock to the classics, some doughnut makers think the increased demand for the sweet treats is due to an elevated and customized approach to doughnut making.
“Doughnuts have always been around. They have always been popular,” said Joe Rizzuto, co-owner of Main Street Donuts with sister-in-law Paula Giunta in Belmar, NJ. “We’re doing the doughnuts in a different manner. We’re taking it up a notch and it spikes people’s curiosity.”
Rizzuto said his doughnuts cross over into the pastry category with signature creations like peppermint bark cream, black out cake, pumpkin pie with Bavarian cream and a seasonal favorite, the hot chocolate doughnut.
“We create things that are really fun,” said Rizzuto, who explained that both children and adults love coming in for a customized experience — choosing the doughnut flavor, glaze and custom topping.
Larger doughnut companies are taking note of New Jersey’s doughnut demand, including Outer Banks doughnut staple Duck Donuts.
The chain now has five franchises in the Garden State with additional plans to expand in New Jersey, said CEO and Founder of Duck Donuts Franchising Company Russ DiGilio.
“New Jersey loves their sweet treats and has been very welcoming to our concept of the made-to-order doughnuts and our brand,” DiGilio said. “We live in a time when customization is key and that is exactly what Duck Donuts is able to offer its customers.”
Looking to satisfy your doughnut demand? Here’s where New Jersey doughnut lovers say to go:
Duck Donuts in multiple locations: Avalon, NJ; Clark, NJ; Green Brook,NJ; Evesham Township, NJ; and Middletown, NJ
Glaze Donuts in two locations: New Milford, NJ and West Caldwell, NJ
Purple Glaze in Asbury Park, NJ
Judicke's in Bayonne, NJ
The Crust & Crumb Bakery in Beach Haven, NJ
Marvel’s Bakery in Beach Haven, NJ
Main Street Donuts in Belmar, NJ
JB Bakery in Burlington, NJ
Vaccaro's Bakery in Clark, NJ
Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ
Montclair Bread Company in Montclair, NJ
Wightman Farms in Morristown, NJ
D’Ercole Donuts in Northvale, NJ
Broad Street Doughnut Co in Oakhurst, NJ
Plainfield Donut Shop in Plainfield, NJ
The Swiss Pastry Shoppe in Scotch Plains, NJ
Maryanne Pastry Shoppe in Sea Isle City, NJ
Ferrara’s Italian Bakery in Ship Bottom, NJ
Natale’s Bakery in Summit, NJ
Uncle Dood’s Donuts in Toms River, NJ
OB-CO’s Donuts in Toms River, NJ
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