NJ Doughnut Crawl: These 10 Shops Are Tops for a Family Treat

After a long week, there’s no better treat for a lazy, never get-out-of-your-pajamas weekend morning than a box of fresh, hot doughnuts. Luckily, New Jersey is chock-full of out-of-this-world doughy wonders. We (gladly) did the tireless research of combing the state’s doughnut shops and bakeries for the best doughnuts for kids of all ages.

These 10 spots have taken fried dough to a whole new level. From shops selling candy-covered delights to brunch food–inspired delicacies—plus doughnuts featuring local ingredients and flavors—here’s where you can score delectable doughnuts that will delight everyone in the family.

If you’re looking for more sweet treats, check out our roundups of fun ice cream joints, sweet shops, and spots where kids can make their own candy and sweets.

Duck Donuts — Avalon, Green Brook, Middletown 

Originating in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Duck Donuts has been trickling up the East Coast, with two additional NJ locations set to open next spring in Clark and Marlton. Doughnuts are made to order, so you don’t have to worry about your kid’s favorite being sold out. The vanilla cake batter is dropped into hot oil and cooked right in front of you. A built-in step stool gives kids a lift so they can see their doughnut travel through the oil and up the conveyer belt. From there, it moves to the topping station. Select one of DD’s popular combos, like vanilla icing with crushed Oreos and hot fudge drizzle, or let your kids go crazy creating their own from the extensive menu of options.

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