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Donuts shouldn't be a guilty pleasure, they should be a delightful snack that fills you with joy, carbs, and sugar, although those last two are pretty much synonyms for 'joy' anyway. Cupcakes aren't cool anymore, 'cuz donuts (yes, we yes, we will be using the Lard Lad spelling of "donut" throughout this article) are the new dessert in town, and there's no better day to get in on some donut-action than today, National Donut Day.
Apparently there are two National Donut Days, one being today and the other on the first Friday of June. The latter seems a bit more legit (it has its own Wikipedia page) but we're willing to recognize both holidays, because, well, donuts. To celebrate, hit up these Montreal donut vendors, each who make an extra-special kind of donut you need in and around your mouth.
1. Léché Dessert's PB & J Donut
If this was a donut duel, I'd be surprised if Léché Dessert's didn't come out on top...which is probably why I placed them first on the list. A light and airy dough based is filled with a fresh raspberry jelly AND a peanut butter mousse, and topped with roasted peanuts for some crunch. Your childhood fave is done up donut-style in a big way at Léché.
2. Chez Boris' Russian Donuts
Maybe a little too hip for some (it is in the Mile End, after all) but Chez Boris is worth the trip for their Russian-style donuts. Renowned in Montreal for a reason, their small, crispy, yet still fluffy donuts live up to the legend. For more intense folks, try out their donut-sandwiches, which is a Paula Deen style sammie with donuts instead of bread. Or they're mothertruckin' donut poutine...mmmmmmmm donut poutine.
3. Cafe Sardine's Daily Donuts
I miss the days when the MTL Blog office was a stone's throw away from Cafe Sardine, and I could grab my morning coffee and be amazed at the creative concoctions the staff at Cafe Sardine had made that day. Every day is a little bit different, with some staples found regularly, like their cinnamon-sugar donut, a simple but satisfying choice any day of the week.
4. Les Beignes Saint Donut's Maple-Bourbon Bacon Donut
Although Saint Donut doesn't have its own establishment, that doesn't stop the gourmet donut business from supplying cafes around the city (like Art Java or Plume) with decadent donuts. Saint Donut takes flavour combinations to the next level, and it was hard to single out one in particular, until the bacon factor came into play. Sweet, smokey, and (best of all) bacon-y, you should get on mackin' on this before you have a second to think about your diet.
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5. La Cornetteria's Cronetto
We all remember last year's cronut-crazy, and thankfully La Cornetteria brought the trend over MTL-side, with their own version, the Cronetto. A croissant-donut combo (so basically a deep fried and circular croissant) that is filled with cream and given a sugar glaze, the cronetto is your ticket to donut-decadence.
6. Che Churro's Chocolate-filled Churro
For some Latin flair on national donut day, head to Che Churro where they make the meanest churro in Montreal, as the name would suggest. Churros are a deep-fried, choux pastry-based fritter rolled in sugar + cinnamon normally filled with dulce de leche chocolate. Che Churro's chocolate version is a nice variation, because, well, chocolate.
7. Wawel Patisserie's Prune Donut
With a sign that read's "The Best Donuts In The World," Wawel Patisserie better live up to its own bold claim. Thankfully, this Polish bakery in Jean-Talon isn't just making silly statements for no reason. All their baked goods are on the highest tier of tasty, and don't be turned off by the idea of a prune-based donut. Slightly tart, with just enough sweet, Wawel proves prunes aren't just for old people who need their fiber.
8. Boulangerie Samos' Maple Donut
If you're hungry, like, can eat a small child-level hungry, then Samos may be the only place to end your hunger pangs with their gigantic donuts. Big in size and flavour, Samos doesn't mess around in the donut-game. Go for the maple-glazed for a little bit of patriotism on national donut day.
9. Sweet Lee's Savoury Brioche
Okay, technically not a donut, but Sweet Lee's savoury brioche comes close enough. Airy, dense, round, and filled with dem delicious carbs, the savoury brioche still has all of the donut-necessities without actually being a donut, which is enough for me. Flavoured with cheese and various spices (like Montreal steak spice!) you can eat one of these for lunch and not feel like a sugar addict.
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10. Tim Horton's Pumpkin Pie Donut
Fall has invaded Tim Hortons in the best way ever. Sure, TH may not make 'artisanal' donuts, but we all know they're baked goods are pretty delicious. Get this donut, packed with pumpkin pie filling and topped with white fondant and graham cracker crumbs, while it lasts.
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