AKA the best day of the year.
AKA the best day of the year.
Finally, a day dedicated to eating the best food on earth. It’s International Doughnut Day on Friday 5th June and can we get a hallelujah.
The day was created by The Salvation Army during the Great Depression in 1938 to honour the women (also known as Dough Lassies) who volunteered to serve donuts to soldiers in World War I and to help raise funds for those in need.
Since then, the sugary treats have come a long way and to this day, are one of the best around. Here are the best spots to stock up on the Gold Coast:
D Point Ten
These guys can be found in a couple of spots on the Coast, which is great news because D Point Ten have got the goods! Think flavours like Gaytime, Ferrero Rocher, Passionfruit (LOVE), Oreo, Tim Tam, Salted Caramel, Strawberry with M & M’s, the list goes on. They’ve quickly become firm favourites, stocked in cafes across the city and you’re definitely going to want to sample these ones.
Where: 6/1 Stevens Street, Southport and 2791 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
The guys at Blackboard Coffee got behind the doughnut craze early on in the game and brought us the injectable donut, a syringe filled with a delicious salted caramel sauce stuck in a donut – yum! The best thing about it? You get to inject the gooey caramel sauce yourself. But be warned, they usually sell out early!
Where: Shop 7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
It’s safe to say that anyone who loves doughnuts has dabbled in a Krispy Kreme. After all, they are the top dogs amongst the doughnuts. To celebrate International Doughnut Day in style, Krispy Kreme have teamed up to launch limited edition Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme donuts that will make all your sweet dreams come true. Get ‘em while they’re sugary.
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
If getting donuts delivered sounds like a good idea (and it obviously does), look no further than Donut Empire who yes, make some absolutely smashing donuts and will also deliver them to your door. They invented the Donut Cookie Pie, which is indeed as good as it sounds and they’re got quite the selection of epic flavours in all things sweet. Order some now why don’t ya.
Where: Find them on Insta at @donutempirehq
We got our beloved Doughnut Time back again recently and we are super stoked about it. These stacked beauties come in the most interesting of flavours and their names will amuse you too. The Liam Hemsworthy is a vegan red velvet doughnut with a cookies and cream frosting, crushed choc ripple biscuits and a chocolate glaze drizzle! Love him, love it.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads
When you think of Paddock Bakery, doughnuts will definitely cross your mind. Get there for baby Nutella bots (tiny doughnuts filled with Nutella), vanilla malt milkshake doughnuts or their signature doughnuts filled with salted caramel and topped with a pretzel cookie crumble. They often create themed doughnuts for special occasions and they are always absolute bangers. Keep an eye out.
Where: Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
If there was ever a place to indulge in 33 cinnamon doughnuts at one time it is Easy Tiger, the newest of the bunch and an absolute must-visit. They’re serving them up fresh daily and theirs are perhaps the tastiest in all of the land. They’re soft and fluffy inside and a little bit crisp on the outside and we’re been known to eat nine in one day. Yep.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
The makers of some of the fluffiest doughnuts on the Gold Coast are Currmbin (and Cabarita) legends Fuel Bakehouse. Theirs come in changing flavours and we’re big fans of the Salted Caramel, Nutella and Passionfruit cream, for obvious reasons. You can pop in for one or pre-order a whole bunch for the doughnut party you’re no doubt having. Perfect.
Where: 44 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin and 39-45 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita
Sitting conveniently on the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach is All-Time Coffee serving up serious delicious coffee and vegan doughnuts. If you are questioning if a doughnut can be any good without eggs or dairy, stop right there. With flavours like the Fairy Bread, Cookies & Cream, Salted Caramel or the traditional Jam Doughnut, but all vegan, we know why these doughnuts fly out the door.
Where: 1/2478 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Words by Kirra Smith
Turns out dreams really do come true. Specifically those of the round sugary variety and even more specifically if they involve Southport. Yep.
Form an orderly queue dessert lovers, because a delightful donut store opened up that way recently and their creations are Gods gift to all of us.
D Point Ten can be found on Stevens Street and, in keeping with the general donut vibe, is a little hole in the wall space pumping out the freshest of donuts we may have ever excitedly shoved into our greedy mouths. In all the best flavours no less.
Think Gaytime goodness, Ferrero Rocher, Passionfruit (LOVE), Oreo, Tim Tam, Salted Caramel, Strawberry with M & M’s, the list goes on.
Yes, all the very best flavours in the world have come together in sweet, circular desserts that will actually knock your socks off. Bye diet.
Owners Henry Kim and Dean Jeong met while working together a few years ago and dreamed a few donut dreams. They began wholesaling their goodies from a commercial kitchen not long after and when the Southport space became available, they went for it.
Lucky for us.
The pair are in store at 3am every morning whipping up their creations and that is a level of dedication we have never experienced.
D Point Ten are also serving up Social Brew coffee to keep things local, so you can pretend to go in for a morning brew and then treat yo’self to a donut or two.
In case you’re interested in fun facts, the shop got it’s name from starting out with 10 flavours, plus promising customers they’d only keep donuts for 10 hours to ensure freshness and of course, producing 10 out of 10 goods.
Happy, holey days friends.
LOCATION: 6/1 Stevens St, Southport
HOURS: Open from 6am until sold out (eek)
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
The magical Miami wonderland that is Paddock Bakery can’t stop, won’t stop creating mouthwatering foodie masterpieces (and spaces to consume them in).
Just when we thought there couldn’t possibly be any more ways to impress us, everyone’s favourite leafy oasis goes and opens a sweet little, goodie-filled Milk Bar.
A big old louvered window swings skyward in the back corner of the garden so you can peek in over the bar and watch the magic unfold. It’s a nod to the milk bars of old and perfectly at home with glossy green tiles and understated copper adornments dotted about.
The space has been a few months in the making with Paddock’s owner Chloe taking the time to perfect the milkshake and smoothie flavours now available for your sipping pleasure.
And perfect them she did friends. As with everything Chloe and the team create, these are no ordinary milkshakes. They are blow-your-mind, how-is-this-even-possible milkshakes and please, allow us to elaborate.
First of all there’s the Coco Pops milkshake, which is made with, you guessed it, Coco Pops milk and decorated with Nutella and more crunchy Coco Pops. Then there’s the Cookie Monster made with vanilla bean milk and topped with Paddock’s famous cookies (be still our hearts).
The Doughnut Shake is doughnut-flavoured milk (see, mind blown) topped with a semi-sourdough doughnut bot and Paddock’s doughnut chips. Seriously, how.
The fun doesn’t stop there of course – there’s also Strawberries and Cream, S’mores and Salted Caramel flavours and each has a magical little Paddock twist.
If smoothies are more your thang, you may choose from five epic flavours of those guys including Acai, Banana, Mango and Coconut (YUM), Junky Monkey and the Greenie.
Chloe’s reasoning behind opening another incredible section was completing the brunch picture and the people of the Gold Coast are eternally grateful.
So, here’s what you need to do: once you arrive at Paddock, go inside and order at least three pastries (plus an extra to take home for later), head down to the Milk Bar and choose your milkshake then pull up a seat in the garden, kick back and give thanks that Paddock Bakery came into our lives.
Hallelujah. The end.
LOCATION: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami
HOURS: 7.30am to 2.30pm Thursday to Monday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Everyone knows a doughnut time is a good time and guess what folks, Burleigh Heads is in for a(nother) good time. That’s right, your favourite sweet treats are back after a short hiatus and they are coming to a James Street near you.
The much-loved business, which briefly closed its doors earlier this year, has been taken over by someone who appreciates the life-changing goodness of a tasty round dessert as much as the next guy and he is our new fave friend.
The Brisbane-born brand was taken over by one Mr Pete Andros and he’s got plans to roll the brand out in many a capital city before the end of the year.
Which is cool, but all we really care about is the new Burleigh store, which will take up the space next to Sushi on James NEXT MONTH. Happy day friends.
The team will be bringing us a whole range of new flavours and we would like as many variations on strawberry doughnuts as possible please. They’ll also keep the old time favourites and offer vegan, gluten-free and low sugar options so we all get to eat doughnuts together for the rest of our days.
Due to the way-too-fast expansion of the initial biz, which saw the owners forced to close their doors, Mr Andos and the team say they’ll start small but, having secured new locations up and down the east coast already, looks like no-one will be missing out on the goodness that is a Doughnut Time treat.
Stay tuned, we’ll definitely be in there taste testing as many flavours as possible the second the doors open.
Doughnut get in our way.
LOCATION: 2 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith.