Go Nuts for Doughnuts in Missouri

The simple act of bringing doughnuts to your colleagues can make you a hero at work.

To achieve similar status on your Missouri road trip, get a dozen for the drive. Your traveling buddies will be grateful and might skip you when it’s time to collect gas money.

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Of course, picking up a box of doughnuts seems like an easy thing to do, but a lot of consideration goes into the process.

For starters, finding the right doughnut shop can be tricky, especially if it’s your first time visiting a specific area.

Then you have to ask yourself: Do I grab doughnuts from the gas station, grocery store or bakery? Are traditional styles such as glazed and cake doughnuts best or should I search for creations with ingredients like honey and bacon?

Unfortunately, there are no right answers. There are, however, options.

So here are a few – just a half dozen because 12 might send you into sugar shock – to consider when you’re looking for doughnuts in the Show-Me State.

Doughnuts and a great view: St. Louis has a bevy of options, but give World’s Fair Donuts a whirl. And bring cash – they don’t do the whole card thing. Enjoy an fritter before visiting the Gateway Arch.

Doughnuts with royal flair: If you measured creativity on a scale from 1-10, Doughnut Lounge in Kansas City would be an 11. The Island Vacation is a vegan banana bread doughnut with pineapple glaze and toasted coconut. They also create what they call NoDuts, an example being their Glazed and Gravy. It’s a glazed doughnut covered in sage and sausage gravy, topped with a fried egg. Also, Doughnut Lounge is a great spot for cocktails if you’re out for a nightcap after watching the Royals play.

Off-the-Interstate doughnuts: Before or after your visit to the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, stop by Jamolee’s Bakery for a hand-rolled doughnut. While the options are plentiful, traditional glazed doughnuts remain their top seller.

Song-and-dance doughnuts: What goes well with the dozens of live shows in Branson? Dozens of doughnuts, of course! Take the short drive from downtown Branson to Yummy Donuts Café in Forsyth, where the only thing bigger than the bear claws are the bass in nearby Table Rock Lake.

Collegiate doughnuts: When it comes to doughnuts in Columbia – home to the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College – Harold’s Doughnuts is a great place to start. Traditional favorites, such as doughnuts with sprinkles, are perfectly paired with amazing creations such as the chocolate/peanut butter combo.

Doughnuts on Route 66: After a long day on the road, Donut King in the Route 66 city of Rolla is a welcome sight. After all, not many doughnut shops open at 7 p.m. (yes, 7 P.M.!) and keep rolling out delicious doughnuts through the wee hours of the night and into the lunch hour. Apple fritters, anyone?

It’s not strange to like these doughnuts: The folks at Strange Donuts make a mighty fine doughnut, whether you’re seeking traditional flavors or signature creations such as gooey butter and red velvet doughnuts. Regulars look forward to the surprises in store every Thursday-Saturday when the shop’s weekly offering of “Strangers” (unique flavors and creations) is unveiled. Strange has locations in Maplewood, Kirkwood and Columbia.

Pull-in-case-of-emergency doughnuts: Any shop that employs an Emergency Donut Vehicle to serve the surrounding area gets our vote for “must-try” doughnuts. Such is the case with Hurts Donut (see what they did there?) in Springfield. Hurts is known for a bevy of interesting creations, including doughnuts topped with cereals like Fruity Loops. Their maple-bacon bar is so good, you’ll ask for an encore.

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