PSA time. Today is National Donut Day and if you haven’t been to one of these over-the-top donut spots you’re missing out. Here is our bucket list of must-try donut shops in NJ. And at the end of our list, you’ll also find some shops that are offering free and discounted donuts today. You’re welcome.


Around The Clock Diner

American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford

Donuts are made in-house daily in front of you at the donut station, and you can add all the customized glazes and toppings you want. Wash it down with a donut-topped shake, which can be boozy or not. Some fan favorites are the S’mores Donut; Strawberry Milkshake topped with The Homer Donut (strawberry icing and rainbow sprinkles); Black & White Donut-topped Shake with a custom glaze; The Homer-topped Strawberry Milkshake and Black & White Shake topped with a Black & White Cookie donut.

Broad Street Dough Co.

2005 Rte. 35 N., Oakhurst
177 Elton Adelphia Rd., Freehold

You don’t need to worry about this well-known spot running out of the kids’ favorite donut these sweets are 100 percent made to order. The Broad Street menu has it all, including options for vegans and gluten-free eaters. The shop even designs custom donuts for birthdays, weddings and other events. The menu has everything from standard glaze to Jersey pride faves like the Belmar Bliss (blueberry glaze, powdered sugar), the Long Branch (pineapple glaze, toasted coconut) and the kid-friendly Boardwalk (vanilla glaze, rainbow sprinkles).

While you’re there, go for one of the decadent numbers on the Triple Layer menu, like the Cotton Candy or the Tie Dye. Better yet, get something off the A Little Extra section: the Fair Haven (vanilla glaze, Heath bars, almonds and caramel), the West Park (chocolate glaze and a huge heap of Bavarian cream) or the All American (a sweet twist on a PB&J with black raspberry preserves). This limited-time red velvet donut (pictured) is topped with everything from cotton candy crunch to strawberry mousse.


D’Ercole Donuts

489 Tappan Rd., Northvale
@dercole donuts

D’Ercole Donuts is peanut- and tree nut-free, so everyone in your crew can enjoy these concoctions. The cake donut flavors range from cannoli to chocolate Ems (peanut-free M&M-like candies) to strawberry cheesecake to cookies-n-cream to churro cheesecake. There’s even a Saint Joseph Donut on the menu, an ode to the Italian pastry.

For chocolate lovers, opt for the Devil’s Food Cake donuts in flavors like marble, death by chocolate, chocolate pretzel and samoa. Seasonal donuts include apple cider, rainbow cookie, old-fashioned sour cream, red velvet glazed and Dunkaroo. In July, the special is a Shark Week Donut (details TBA).

And if that’s not enough, try one of their donut ice cream sandwiches – it may be too big to bite!


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Duck Donuts

Multiple Locations

There are a dozen locations in New Jersey, hundreds in the U.S. and even more internationally – so this must be a donut lover’s dream. Fan Favorites are the bacon in the sun, blueberry lemonade, chocolate explosion and pina colada.

If you want to make your own donut, their secret is their signature vanilla cake donut made while you wait. Add a coating of cinnamon sugar, peanut butter or maple, or leave it bare; then add a topping ike sprinkles, graham cracker crumbs or shredded coconut. Finish it off with a drizzle of hot fudge, marshmallow sauce, salted caramel or raspberry. Voila! You have your own delicious creation you can vary or make every time.


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Glaze Donuts

2151 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee
358 River Rd., New Milford
187 Franklin Ave., Nutley
67 East Ridgewood Ave., Paramus
554 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell

This spot’s donut menu rotates daily, so you’re always in for a surprise. The donuts are made in small batches with top-tier natural ingredients (preservative- and high fructose corn syrup-free!) Glaze also knows how to brew an epic cup of joe, made from roasted organic Arabica beans from small Trade Fair growers around the world. These award-winning shops are famous for the original Italian Rainbow Donut (only available on weekends), but other popular flavors include Nutella Rocher, New Jersey cheesecake, Ring Ding, blueberry crumb cream cheese and banana cream pie. Branch out with a sweet kolache, a pastry filled with fruit and cream cheese, zepps (their name for donut holes) or an all-butter croissant. Glaze also has housemade soda pop, plus ice cream at Paramus and West Caldwell and waffles at New Milford and Paramus.


Jack’s Donuts

503 N. White Horse Pike, Laurel Springs

You can get breakfast, lunch and donuts. According to the New Jersey Restaurant Reviews, people have been coming here since 1985, from as far as Texas and Florida. Some of the favorites are the chocolate donut, Fruity Pebbles, glazed, apple filled with crumbs (just needs a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top).


Mama Buntz’s Donut Company

421 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd., Sewell

There are more than 40 donuts on the menu every month, so be sure to check in and see if the birthday cake, couch potato, cotton candy, coco loco or blueberry hill donuts are on the specials menu for June. Holiday specials include the Irish Potato, which had real cream cheese frosting; the Peeper Pal, topped with Froot Loops; and the Lucky Leprechaun, a Boston crème pie donut topped with a golden Oreo. If you’re planning a party, order a donut tower (trust us!). They also make the most artistic donuts for special occasions.



Multiple Locations

Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from a specific type of Japanese rice. Make it into a donut and you have a light, chewy yet stretchy, soft yet crispy creation that will have you biting section by section: each donut is a circle of eight dough balls. Mochi donuts come in dozens of flavors like coffee, taro, ube, strawberry funnel and churro. Mochi-Nut balls are stuffed with flavors like matcha, crème brulee and cookies & crème. Try a “hotdog,” which has mozzarella, potato, ramen, Cheetos or a frankfurter covered in the mochi dough, resembling a corndog. There is bubble tea and soft serve on the menu, too.


OB-CO’s Donuts

547 Fischer Blvd., Toms River

Keep an eye on the string of lights outside – they’re turned on in the morning and stay on until the donuts are gone. There are plenty of reasons to rush here. The donuts range from simple – plain, cinnamon and powdered– to more fancy – cinnamon jelly, sugar raised and cinnamon crunch. There are croissants, rings, minis, knots, squares and crumb cakes on the menu, too.


Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market

4437 Rte. 27, Princeton

You’ll get a taste of the Amish country without going to Pennsylvania. There are homemade goods such as hot foods and salads, but the real treats here are the donuts and confections from the Sunrise Bakery.


Rabble Rise Doughnuts

16 Label St., Montclair

There are three different types of dough used. The cake donuts are hand-cut and handmade with buttermilk and farm eggs. It tastes like a cross between a biscuit and a donut. Brioche donuts are buttery and fluffy, taking 24 hours to perfect. They are more bread-like. The sourdough doughnuts are vegan and take 36 hours to make, leaving you with a crips, tangy, tarty and chewy dessert.

This unique locale has its own Doughnut Hall of Fame, which features strawberry sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, tres leches and glazed donuts. The Boston Cream or Maple Bacon have custard made with locally-sourced, farm-fresh eggs. Or try a “wobble” variety, like the Nutella or maple sourdough.

You can also “buy them naked,” meaning you can order a vegan or brioche donut and get a box filled with icing, sprinkles and candies to dress them up at home. There are special Holiday Naked Kits, too. You can even order them wholesale.


Sundae Donuts

Pier Village, 15 Morris Ave., Unit 118, Long Branch

The name says it all: this is the place for ice cream sundae donuts. There are donut-infused ice cream and milkshakes on the menu, too. This is the place to get all of your favorite summer treats in one spot.


Top That! Donuts

210 Ocean Ave., Pt. Pleasant Beach
8 Highland Cross, Rutherford

Imagine walking along the boardwalk and smelling the aroma of fresh donuts early in the morning. Or as you’re going for a stroll in the downtown city. Top That! offers warm, fresh, made-to-order made-from-scratch vanilla cake donuts that are topped with everything from Fruity Pebbles to chocolate glaze to old-fashioned rainbow sprinkles.


Uncle Dood’s Donuts

4 Robbins St., Toms River

Back in November, Uncle Dood’s Donuts got a 5 out of 5 via its ratings on Yelp and was named one of the best donut shops in NJ according to Tempo 24/7. The favorite menu item is the Vermont Swine, their variation of a maple bacon donut. Some other over-the-top creations include Werewolf Fuzz (maple icing and toasted coconut), PB-O (peanut butter icing and Oreo crumble), Bed Rockin’ (white vanilla icing and Fruity Pebbles) and Twixed (chocolate icing, crumbled Nilla wafers and caramel drizzle).

Deals on National Donut Day, June 7

Delicious Orchards
Colts Neck
Order a donut gift basket and you can add on extra pack of donuts for no charge. The offer lasts through June 9.

Duck Donuts
Come by for a free cinnamon sugar donut – no purchase necessary!

Get a free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage.

Krispy Kreme
Buy a dozen original glazed donuts at regular price, and you can get a second dozen for just $2.

June 7 is also National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

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