Why Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut is a Must Visit

When it comes to quirky things to do in Portland, the Oregon city always seems to always have a trick up its sleeve. And one such sweet surprise that’s become an iconic part of the city’s culture is Voodoo Doughnuts.

With its playful, out-of-the-box approach to crafting delicious doughnuts, this sugary haven is a must-visit for anyone looking to add a touch of magic to their Portland adventure. Let’s explore the flavors, history, and the delightful oddities that make the Voodoo donuts in Portland a true bucket list destination.

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What are Voodoo Doughnuts?

Meet the Portland legend, Voodoo Doughnut, where doughnuts are not just food; they’re art. Founded in 2003 by the dynamic duo of Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon, this doughnut haven has woven itself into the very fabric of the city.

Voodoo Doughnut offers a wide variety of donut flavors, from classic glazed and chocolate to more creative options like the Bacon Maple Bar and Voodoo Doll. The shop is also known for its elaborate and over-the-top donut decorations, which often feature pop culture references and other whimsical designs.

In addition to donuts, Voodoo Doughnut also offers a variety of other pastries, coffee, and other drinks. The shop also has a gift shop where customers can purchase Voodoo Doughnut-branded merchandise, such as t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags.

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What is the History of Voodoo Doughnuts?

Voodoo Doughnut was founded in 2003 by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon. The two friends were inspired by their love of doughnuts and their shared interest in the occult. They wanted to create a doughnut shop that was different from anything else out there, and they succeeded. Quickly, the doughnut duo’s enchanting creations and offbeat ambiance turned Voodoo Doughnut into a must-visit spot for Portlanders and wanderlust-filled tourists alike. But it didn’t stop there.

In 2008, they grabbed national attention by offering legal wedding services. Yes, you read that right! Pogson and Shannon even became ordained ministers in the Universal Life Church just to officiate doughnut-infused nuptials. Fast forward to today, and Voodoo Doughnut’s spellbinding success has expanded to over 19 locations across seven states. The doughnut empire they built continues to bewitch taste buds and ignite sugar-fueled adventures all over.

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What is so Special About Voodoo Donuts?

What sets Voodoo Doughnut apart is its audacious approach to doughnut artistry. While their menu boasts about 50 flavors, including classics like glazed and chocolate, they fearlessly venture into the doughnut unknown.

From the blunt-shaped Maple Blazer Blunt to provocative names (and shapes) like Butterfingering and Cock N’ Balls, to toppings that take you by surprise, like the Ring of Fire—a donut crowned with a chili pepper. And let’s not forget the whimsically named “Oh Captain, My Captain,” topped with the beloved cereal Cap’n Crunch. Their pastries are quirky, fun, and visually captivating, ensuring every visit is an exhilarating journey through the world of doughnut wizardry.

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What is the Most Popular Voodoo Donut?

Among the multitude of choices at Voodoo Doughnut, the “Bacon Maple Bar” is a bonafide superstar in the world of doughnuts. This iconic creation blends the sweetness of maple glaze with the smoky, savory crunch of bacon, creating a flavor combination that’s out of this world. It’s no surprise that this delightful pastry has earned the title of one of “America’s Greatest Doughnuts.”

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What are some of the other Top Flavors of Donuts?

Now, when it comes to their top flavors, you’ve got to try the Voodoo Doll – it’s like a doughnut shaped like a little person, stuffed with raspberry jelly, and it even has a pretzel stake. Then there’s the Portland Cream, a vanilla-filled doughnut coated in chocolate and, get this, it’s got two cute “eyeballs” made from doughnut holes. And don’t miss out on the Grape Ape, a grape-flavored donut with vanilla frosting and purple sprinkles.

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Are the Donuts Baked or Fried?

While they’re known for their unconventional and quirky donut designs, Voodoo Doughnuts never compromise on the classic frying technique. It infuses each donut with a rich, satisfying flavor that’s hard to match with any other method. So, even in their innovative creations, the essence of traditional donut-making remains a constant, ensuring each bite is a delightful journey into crispy, fried perfection.

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Where are they located in Portland?

No matter where you find yourself in the City of Roses, the Voodoo Donuts in Portland is your go-to for sugary adventures. They’ve got not just one, but two locations in the city.

The OG spot is in Old Town, at Southwest Third Avenue, where doughnut history is made. And if you’re exploring another corner of the town, don’t resist the temptation to make your way to Northeast Davis Street for another round of doughnut delights. It’s a sugary journey that’s as Portland as it gets!

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Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut is more than just a bakery; it’s a journey through the art of doughnut making. Whether savoring their renowned Bacon Maple Bar or daring to try their more adventurous confections, a visit to Voodoo Doughnut promises to satisfy sweet tooth cravings and add a sprinkle of excitement to any kind of trip to the City of Roses.


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11 thoughts on “Why Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut is a Must Visit”

  1. My sister got the cock-n-balls!  My favorite was the Old Dirty Bastard too!  Sweet but very yummy!
    I went to the original location downtown and spent over an hour waiting!  Should have gone to this location!

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    • The Old Dirty Bastard was the best donut out of all that I tried, but there were so many that I didn’t sample. Need to go back!

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  2. Is it sad that I probably would have ordered the apple fritter? I'm not big on sweets or donuts, but I do like apple fritters. Maybe Voodoo could jazz up the name. :)

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    • Not sad at all, apple fritters are good! I would never typically have a donut for breakfast, but made an exception for Voodoo Doughnuts :)

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  3. The Old Dirty Bastard sounds delicious.  It would surely satisfy my after dinner sweet tooth, as would most of the donuts at this niche donut joint.  I love the creative names.  The place looks awesome for its uniqueness.  Wonderful post!

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  4. I just got to try Voodoo for the first time, and they did not disappoint! I ate the bubblegum doughnut and it was way better the it sounds. I could spend a morning sampling and sampling some more!

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