Duck Donuts Proves Itself Against Corporate Competitors

Duck Donuts creates what I have come to think of as a delicious, edible paradox. As someone who has professed loyalty to the corporate doughnut god Krispy Kreme since childhood, I can confidently say that my Duck Donuts experience was one for the books.

What started as a small-town doughnut restaurant located in the Outer Banks in Duck, North Carolina, has evolved into a rapidly growing franchise across the East Coast. Since opening in 2006, Duck Donuts has spread to 10 states and reached almost 200 stores, including a recently opened location in Columbia.

What sets Duck Donuts apart is a vanilla cake base. As the name suggests, this results in a more filling, “cake-like” breakfast pastry. This is in part what creates the aforementioned edible paradox: a dense yet pillowy interior is paired with a slightly crispy outer layer that melts in your mouth at the first bite — a quality that most traditional yeast doughnuts sadly lack.

The shop offers traditional doughnut flavors including powdered sugar, chocolate icing and cinnamon sugar, but it also has more eccentric combinations such as peanut butter icing with hot fudge drizzle and lemon icing with raspberry drizzle.

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