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Celebrate National Donut Day

The day is finally here: June 2nd is National Donut Day!

Donuts (or doughnuts, if you prefer the old school way) have become so quintessential American, and, we bet that for the doughnut lovers out there, you almost have a ritualistic approach to doughnut consumption. For some it’s a mindless morning routine, for others it’s your go-to indulgent. Still, we bet you haven’t tried all the best doughnuts that there is in New York.

Since there are so many different kinds of doughnuts, we know it could get a little overwhelming. To help you, we’ve made a list of the best places to get the best doughnuts from, for you to celebrate this special date the right way. And by that we mean eating every doughnut that the city has to offer! Enjoy!

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These are Ed’s, our co-founder, favorites! Before, you could only get these cakey pastries hidden inside a car wash, at the Underwest Donuts first shop, but now you can also find them at the Penn Plaza, waiting to be grabbed by you. So if you are feeling like having some fluffy Maple Waffle, Raspberry Yogurt, or Jasmine Tea donuts with delicious texture, go get’em!


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Sweet-and-savory creations are The Doughnut Project’s flagship. Flavors like Those Beetz are Dope, The Everything Doughnut, and Bacon Maple Bar have the perfect balance between salty and sweets!


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These bite-sized doughnuts come in delicious flavors like Paris Time (lavender and pistachio) and Urban Monkey (coffee, coconut and banana).

At their shop, customers can watch as Doughnuttery doughnuts are made, and then choose the sugar flavors they want on them.


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Cronuts. The name says it all. Dominique Ansel’s Bakery bakes the cross between croissant and doughnuts, and they taste just amazing. However, getting your hands on these delicious treats demands some time spent on a queue, as they always have people lining up in front of their store, craving for cronuts. Still, most people say that:

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Should you give the queue a chance?


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The big and famous Doughs doughnuts are everywhere in NY. Their empire is built from their airy and super sweet treats they make everyday. Our co-founder, Puja, is absolutely crazy about the Hibiscus donuts, her favorite.


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The Du’s Donuts coffee shop is in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, one of the coolest hotels in the neighborhood, where you can enjoy a doughnut (or ten) laying on the grass at their balcony, which is opened to the public. The chef, Wylie Dufresne, well known for his molecular gastronomy projects, now is back with this project. Flavors like pistachio pink lemonade, grapefruit chamomile, banana graham and mexican hot chocolate will make you want more!


If you feel like throwing a National Donut Day party, or celebrating by yourself, let Sweetist deliver from Dough, Erin McKenna, The Doughnut Project, Doughnuttery and more right to your door!

Don’t forget to wish everyone a Happy Donut Day!

Pound the Cake by the Pound, an Untraditional Celebration of National Pound Cake Day

If you weren’t aware, today is National Pound Cake Day! The national holiday when we can all celebrate the magical mix of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter (magical because of the magic that is the 1:1:1:1 recipe ratio) that coagulate into the dreamy, dense brick-shape that is pound cake. Insert Homer Simpson doughnut noise because seriously, mmm, pound cake. We love thee so much that we could probably count the ways but it would seriously bite into actual biting time.

And while there are a ton of places where we can go to get a heavenly slice— Sweet Corner Bakeshop being one of our faves— we started thinking a wee bit unconventionally. Our Sugar Driven Minds (SDM) thought process evolved thusly: “where do we get awesome pound cake? Should we make a list of the best pound cake? Should we eat a pound of the best pound cake to celebrate National Pound Cake Day? Wait, can we just eat a pound of any cake to celebrate National Pound Cake Day? Can we just eat a pound of anything?” Yes. Yes we can.

[Disclaimer: Sugar Driven Minds (SDM) have decided that anything sweet is a pound cake for this exercise. We can argue linguistics later on National Word Choice Day.]

A Pound of Levain Cookies

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A photo posted by Levain Bakery (@levain_bakery) on Aug 5, 2014 at 8:55am PDT

It sounds scary at first, but we’re right here to hold your hand. Or we can be the buddy you split the pound of cookies with. We truly don’t mind. And according to math, you have to eat two of Levain’s famous 6 ounce cookies and 3/5s of one to get a proper pound, but we seriously will not judge if you (or we) decide to just make it a round three.

A Pound of Dough Doughnuts

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A photo posted by Dough (@doughdoughnuts) on Feb 2, 2016 at 7:39pm PST

Soft and light, we can understand if you’ve already had a pound of Dough’s yeast doughnuts without even realizing it. We’re sure we do that every Monday to get us going. If you need some help getting it, we can totally hook you up too.

A Pound of Babka from Breads Bakery

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Chocolate Nutella and Cinnamon Raisin babka from @BreadsBakery for breakfast = bomb. 💣 Thanks @FoodyDirect for delivering these in no time! Use code SWEETLIFEIG16 to get $10 off your first order. #BreadsBakery #NYC

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Why don’t we order babka by the pound like we do with vegetables or meat or bags of candy? Going to the Breads Bakery counter to buy babka by the pound, which could be one loaf for all we know, just sounds pretty ballin’.

A Pound of Pound Cake from Sweet Corner Bake Shop

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Then again, why veer from the traditional? Pound cake. Like pounds of pound cake. There’s nothing more satisfying than a slice of pound cake, such as this coconut one, from Sweet Corner Bakeshop in West Village. And there really isn’t a better day to pound a pound of pound cake shared with friends, your coworker Cheryl, or maybe on your own— we really aren’t judging. You do you. It’s what National Pound Cake Day is all about.

We think.