The Voodoo Donut is an American donut chain that has stores in several cities, including Orlando.
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However, its great differential, in addition to the super varied menu, are its small donut-shaped cakes in curious formats.
To learn more about this store located at Universal studios, keep reading.
Also, learn more about the history of this brand and which flavors are most successful among the public, check it out.
See how the Voodoo Donut started
The Voodoo Donut was founded in May 2003 by Kenneth Pogson and Richard Shannon III in Portland. A curious fact is the company's logo, which shows a version of Baron Samedi, a Haitian voodoo.
Another curiosity is that in the beginning, the store was only open at night, from 10 pm to 10 am.
Thus, the main reason was to serve musicians and other people who worked at night, or even who just wanted something to eat out of hours.
In April 2011, the place was closed until June, in order to carry out some renovations, a larger space for the kitchen area.
For this, the owners bought the property next door, which was once a nightclub.
In August of the same year, the Voodoo Donut created a special box for the Portland Bridge Festival with 3,880 donuts, according to NBC News, the largest box of donuts in the world.
Business expansion and also a tragedy
Also in 2011, the store partnered with the brewery Rogue Ales. The goal was to turn the flavors of their donuts into bottled beers.
So they chose three options:
- Bacon Maple Ale and Chocolate;
- Peanut butter;
- Banana Ale.
That same year, the LA Times declared the Voodoo Donut as an international tourist attraction.
It was tradition to have eating contests in stores.
However, after a man suffocated while trying to consume an entire donut the size of a cake, this type of event was eventually put on hold.
Discover the brand's delicious donuts
The Voodoo Donut has more than 100 varieties of flavors.
By the way, one of its most famous is the Portland Creme donut, a tribute to the city where it all began and where the company's headquarters are located.
Therefore, in December 2008, the mayor at the time declared that it would be the “Official Donut of the City”.
The first donut released by them, however, is called VooDoo Doll and is one of the ones that most attract the public's attention, since it has the shape of a doll, that is, it is not round like the others.
It is filled with raspberry jam and covered in chocolate. Additionally, he has a pretzel stake driven right through the middle of his chest.
In this way, it is the highlight of the brand and since then it has been the most famous candy in Voodoo Doughnut.
In the Universal store you will find more than 50 flavors
After the donut in the shape of a doll, it produced much more variety and at Universal Studios in Orlando you can see it up close. 50 of them, for example:
- Little Pink: This one has a strawberry topping with sprinkles;
- Peanut Cake: covered in chocolate and also peanuts;
- Bacon Maple Bar: donut topped with maple syrup and fried bacon on top;
- Mango Tango: mango jelly filling and vanilla topping;
- Grape Ape: vanilla frosting and lavender granules;
- Memphis Mafia: banana, cinnamon, chocolate fried donut, plus peanut butter on top;
- No name: Chocolate Icing, Rice Krispies and Peanut Butter;
- Mexican Hot Chocolate: the difference is cayenne pepper, very Mexican;
- Apple Fritter: Deep-fried donut with apple pieces and cinnamon topping.
Know where to find the Voodoo Doughnut
The headquarters is in Portland, Oregon, but there are several other establishments scattered throughout this state and beyond. For example, Denver in Colorado, Austin in Texas, as well as in Citywalk from Universal Hollywood.
It is worth mentioning that the unit at Universal is the company's first to arrive on the east coast of the United States.
The Flight Doo Doughnut from Orlando has an eclectic pink decor and as you've seen, with very different names of donuts, some even macabre.
Around the establishment there are several very fun and eccentric objects, which is a characteristic of the brand.
There are also works of art by Portland artists dotted around the venue and a giant donut-shaped throne, exclusive to the Orlando store.
Over there from the balcony Voodoo Donut it is possible for customers to watch as the confectioners prepare the sweets.
You can watch them icing and decorating donuts from blockbusters like Oh Captain, My Captain, Memphis Mafia and Mango Tango.
Find out more interesting facts about the company
One more curiosity about the Flight Doo Doughnut is that when a famous artist or a well-known personality dies, they honor the person by making a kind of special tribute using a donut.
From then on, it is exposed in the brand's stores. Thus, it is a way of honoring those who somehow contributed to society.
Orlando's best donut and funniest shop all in one place
The Voodoo Donut it's a chain of stores, without a doubt, unlike anything you've ever seen.
What draws the most attention, by the way, it is impossible to define just one, are its pink boxes, the very eclectic and eccentric decoration.
Not to mention the voodoo symbols scattered around. In fact, at first it may seem strange, but it turns out to be fun and the cool thing is that the donuts are very colorful and beautiful to look at.
For those who don't know, they are like fried donuts, only the dough is much lighter and softer too. They are round, fluffy and have a hole in the center, that is, delicious.
When the owners decided to open the Voodoo Donut, in 2003, in the state of Oregon, none of them had the slightest idea how to make a donut.
So they both went to Los Angeles to learn from subject matter experts.
The store doesn't just have donuts
Like every other store in Orlando, they also offer accessories. Thus, there is a section full of T-shirts, cups and other licensed objects from the brand. It's worth a look and who knows, maybe take home as a souvenir.
Learn about other Voodoo Doughnut stores
As already mentioned, the first Voodoo Donut is in Portland and another unit opened in the city in 2008.
In Oregon there is another one, opened in 2010, in Eugene, which is about 175 km from the capital. On the other hand, outside the state, the first to open was on Colfax Avenue, in Denver, Colorado, in 2013.
Then it was time for Texas, in the city of Austin. The branch at Universal Citywalk happened in 2017.
The following year, it was Orlando's turn and in style: in the Universal Studios park.
Nowadays, the Voodoo Donut has 8 stores spread throughout the American territory:
- 3 in Oregon;
- 2 in Colorado;
- 1 in Texas, as well as California and Florida.
Voodoo's Tasty Donuts
The wide variety of flavor options draws attention, in addition to all the paraphernalia of the stores and the unconventional decoration style.
The donuts range from the simplest to the most different toppings. That way, some have cream, jelly or chocolate filling. While others, more eccentric, are bacon, M&Ms or cayenne pepper.
Not to mention the formats, for example, the voodoo doll that is filled with raspberry jam, in order to imitate blood.
The interesting thing, however, is that there are many options for vegan donuts, in addition, the stores have constantly changing menus. By the way, you don't find all the flavors in each of the units, it varies from one store to another.
Size and price of famous donuts
The Voodoo Donut doesn't skimp on sizes or whimsy, so it's worth stopping by when you're in town. Orlando or in any other city where it has one of its stores.
At first, the queue can scare you, but the service is very fast.
So, just choose the flavors of your donuts, one of the employees will pick them up and put them in one of the pretty pink boxes for you.
Prices are usually fair and affordable. In general, most of them are around up to 2 dollars a unit.
Fritters are a bit more expensive, for example the Apple Fritter costs US$3 and the Memphis Mafia US$5.95.
Meet Voodoo Donut when in Orlando
A fun store, full of flavors and which is the face of Orlando, without a doubt, it is worth a visit and check out everything that has been said here.
No wonder the queues are miles long, after all, the donut is a very popular dessert among Americans.
Finally, be sure to try the donuts from voodoo donut, in particular the Homer Simpson donut which is identical to the one in the drawing, covered in pink and full of colored sprinkles.
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