Voodoo Donuts

Voodoo Donuts is anything but your average doughnut shop. Established in 2003, this funky downtown Portland eatery didn't take long to attract attention with its unique doughnuts and its unusual decor. A number of travel television shows have featured this now famous Portland attraction in their programs due to its unique appeal, and you might be interested to know that you can get married there. Weddings at Voodoo Donuts, as you might imagine, are followed by coffee and doughnut receptions. The main store is located at 22 SW 3rd Avenue and there is most often a line here so factor in a bit of extra time to sample these Portland delicacies.

From the famed bacon-topped maple bars to the assortment of vegan-friendly delights, the variety of Voodoo doughnuts offer something for just about every sweet-tooth preference. Trying a Voodoo Doll is practically a must when visiting the funky Voodoo Donuts—a raspberry-filled, chocolate-covered voodoo doll doughnut that even comes complete with a pretzel stick for a stake. For cereal lovers, another favorite is the Captain my Captain, which is just one of the doughnuts that has a cereal topping. In this case, Captain Crunch is the topping of choice. Other cereal-topped doughnuts that can be indulged in during a visit to this 24-hour eatery feature either Fruit Loops or Cocoa Puffs as a topping.

Should you be feeling extra hungry and sweet-toothish on your Voodoo Donuts visit, you might take on the Texas Challenge. The state of Texas is known for its size, and such is the case with the Texas Challenge doughnut. In fact, this glazed behemoth is equal to six regular doughnuts, and if you can eat it in less than 120 seconds, you don't have to pay for it. For golfing enthusiasts, the Arnold Palmer doughnut with its lemonade and ice tea-flavored dust might be the treat of choice, while those who like to overindulge are bound to be tempted by the Memphis Mafia. Peanuts, peanut butter, chocolate chips, chocolate frosting, banana chunks, and cinnamon sugar are all heaped on a fried dough base to create the Memphis Mafia. The Voodoo Donuts menu is a relatively long one, so repeat visits might be in order if you want to try a bunch of them.

As for those who are interested in the weddings at Voodoo Donuts, there are a number of package options to consider. The more complete ones include a legal wedding ceremony at the shop, your flight to Portland, your hotel room, and even a tour of the city. Regardless of which package couples choose when it comes to the weddings at Voodoo Donuts, the experience is bound to be a memorable one.

Should you find yourself wondering how a doughnut shop could get so famous, the Voodoo Donuts history is worth pondering. Two liberal-minded men by the name of Tres Shannon and Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson are responsible for founding the now chain-brand establishment in 2003. Before the first shop opened in the heart of the Portland nightlife district, the founders had to learn how to make doughnuts. As such, they ventured off to Pico Riviera, California to get some tips from doughnut-making masters.

One of the most important dates in Voodoo Donuts history is December 24, 2008. On this day, then-Mayor Tom Potter convinced the Portland City Council to designate the Portland Creme as the city's official doughnut. This raised-yeast doughnut is full of cream and topped with chocolate icing. Two little eyeballs also top the Portland Creme, keeping in line with the shop's off-the-wall approach to things. Finally, when it comes to Voodoo Donuts history, it is worth noting that two other locations were established in 2008 and 2010 respectively. One of the newer versions can be found at 1501 NE Davis Street in Portland, while the other is located in the city of Eugene.

Image: Beyond Neon (flickr)

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