I love a trip to the orchard for apple picking. We try to make it out at least once a year. Not everyone has the time or vehicle to make it to the orchard though. The truth is, one visit to the orchard for a cider donut is clearly not enough anyway. I’ll skip the pumpkin spice latte craze and have a cider slushie or a fall donut any day. Here are a few city options for some fabulous seasonal treats and you don’t have to leave the city to get them.
Going Seasonal at Kane’s Donuts
Kane’s Donuts are famous for good reason. The classics are made to perfection (my go to is always a honey dip raised donut) but what really keeps me going back for more is the seasonal treats. They are not just coloured to match the season, or thrown together, these are real seasonal masterpieces. For fall my two favourites are the Angry Orchard Hard Cider donut and the Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale donut. I love the soft pumpkin-ness of the the pumpkin ale donut. I’m not a pumpkin ale drinker so I think this is the best version of pumpkin ale I’ve ever had! I’m seriously craving another one of those donuts right now!
I love a good filled donut and this powdered sugar-coated apple spice donut has the lightest and fluffiest dusting of sugar. Biting into Kane’s apple spice donut is like falling face first, mouth wide open, into a sweet cloud. The apple pie filling is plentiful and has that classic pie filling taste. Not too sweet, a little more jelled than I like at home but in a donut it works perfectly.
I first fell in love with the cider slushie at the Boston Public Market. I wasn’t in the mood for a donut, I was thirsty, and I saw a little sign in the back that read “Cider Slushies”. I ordered one on a whim and I have never looked back. The cider slushie is brilliant! It is naturally sweet and so refreshing. At the Boston Public Market the orchard comes to you. Red Apple Farm has fresh cider donuts every day, but, especially in this warm fall weather, I say skip the donut and get an apple cider slushie instead. Made out of
A la Mode
I never knew that apple crisp à la mode was an orchard treat, until our first visit to Parlee Farms. Blackbird Doughnuts has you covered for a city version with their ice cream filled apple cider donut with cinnamon sugar around the edges. I stopped in recently to give it a try I was going to fill mine with vanilla ice cream, but then decided to ask what all the options were. I went for apple pie ice cream and I’m so glad I did! I had a crew of 5 high schoolers stop by to help me finish it off, and when a group of teens fall silent you know it has got to be good. Of course, the silence was followed by all the mmms and oohs and “That was sooooo goods!”. If you find yourself in Cambridge, you can also get Blackbird Donuts version of the cider slushie.
My husband doesn’t eat dairy and we have friends who are gluten free as well. The only option used to be making homemade treats for them. In Boston now, we have so many more allergy-free and allergen-friendly options. Kane’s has a gluten free old fashioned donut and a gluten free chocolate one.
Blackbird Doughnuts has a vegan option for their cider donut, but they do sell out, so call ahead and see how their stock is. Another great option for Vegan donuts is Union Square donuts in Cambridge, or at the Boston Public Market.
Although not exactly seasonal, but still delicious any time. Kane’s also has the amazing crème brûlée donut, and the classic honey dip is my perfect donut. There are folks who just need chocolate and to fill that craving Kane’s turtle donut would be my donut of choice. It has just the right amount of caramel and crunch.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go see if there are any crumbs left of that Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale donut.