Every few months I decide to take a break from sugar.

I feel so much better, so much lighter, so much more energetic, so much more alert.

But you guys, donuts.

Last night I saw a picture of a donut in a magazine that make me swear under my breath. It also made my palms sweat and my pulse quicken.

A donut.


Specifically a donut from Austin, Texas. While they don’t have a photo of the exact one online, they have this one. Which basically means my new end goal in life is to be paid to travel the country in search of the very best donuts.

I used to want to be a photographer for National Geographic.

Now I want donuts. I want my life filled with donuts, but only really good ones. Ain’t nobody got time for crappy donuts.

Did you see the Duck Dynasty about hot donuts?

A hot donut is one of life’s wonders. If they passed a law saying the only way you could continue to eat hot donuts is if you shave your beard? It’s good-bye beard.” -Jase Robertson

I’d grow a beard if that’s the only way I could have access to hot donuts.

A donut is one of the only cravings I had with Addie. I almost called Cody to get one for me, but the one I wanted was SO specific I knew he’d screw it up and I would cry and cry because I didn’t get the donut I wanted so I waited until I could get it myself.

banbury cross donuts. a Utah MUST.

One day I just want to sit down with two dozen warm donuts and eat until I can’t anymore. I’m convinced I could eat a dozen, minimum.

I love donuts so, so much. So much.

There’s a restaurant in Laurelville, Ohio called The Ridge Inn. They make fresh donuts on the weekend AND YOU GUYS. I dream about those donuts. DREAM. Thankfully there’s a donut place here in Indy (Long’s) that makes some of the best donuts I’ve ever had. But there’s so many donuts out there that need me to eat them. They need me to appreciate them.

It was homemade and still warm. From Ridge Inn in Laurelville, Ohio.

It would be the most perfect job for me ever. Casey Mullins: Donut Tester.

A girl can dream.

So here’s what I want to know, what’s your food? What’s the food you dream about? The one you’d grow (or shave) a beard to continue enjoying in life? Have you found the best ever? What are your rules about your specific food? (Donuts must never, EVER be dry.) Let your crazy out, because I got turned on by a donut last night. (It was a glazed donut topped with cream cheese icing, cake mix, blackberry filling, cinnamon, sugar and honey butter topped with ice cream. YOU GUYS I NEED TO GO TO AUSTIN.)


  1. So, yeah, you know I can’t have them anymore, but you should totally check this place out – https://www.facebook.com/fishersjacksdonuts?fref=ts

    Casey Reply:

    @Anjala, If I MUST.

    Anjala Reply:

    @Casey, You must! The original is in New Castle, so I don’t know which one would be closer. I think you like shopping at the Super Target in Fishers, so I was guessing that the one in Fishers would be easier to get to. My suggestion would be the glazed yeast, tiger tails, the chocolate peanut butter, and (my favorite before I gave up sugar completely) the carmel with nut. Seriously, that last one, it would send me on such sugar highs that I never wanted to come down.

    And there’s nothing like walking into a donut shop to just start your emotions out… you start getting “high” from the sugar as soon as you step in the door. The smell wafting, luring you in with their deliciousness… there is no description.

    Oh, and I think that the Jack’s in Fishers also has a new, mint chocolate chip donut. Just sayin’.

  2. Sour cream. I could eat sour cream on various appropriate foods until I died. I would give up another bite of anything sweet for the rest of my life, for sour cream. Also, black olives. Combine those? I’m done for.

    Casey Reply:

    @Shelle, You and Cody and your sour cream, there’s some things he simply will not eat without it. Like pork chops. *shakes head*

  3. Melissa A. says:

    You should go to Hilligoss Bakery in Brownsburg, in my opinion their yeast donuts are way, way better than Long’s. If you decide you must try them, bring cash, they still don’t take a debit or credit card.

    Casey Reply:

    @Melissa A., I’ve heard of this Hilligoss. I’ll have to plan it when I’m headed to Chicago or something because it is FAR away from me.

    Melissa A. Reply:

    @Casey, Brownsburg is just 20 minutes west of the Speedway!

  4. So my first thought was croissants…not just any croissants, obviously. They are this magical, so buttery, and so layered, and fluffy, yet still thick enough, croissants that you can only get in Montpelier, VT. They the majestic beast of french pastry. And no diet, or goal weight, or any restriction would keep me from those puppies.

    But then I started thinking more. And the only other thing in the world that might compare is Dole Whip. You know, the Disney oh-so-bad-for-you-pineapple snack? Yeah. The Dole Whip – pineapple, of course – with the pineapple juice on the bottom? Unreal. I actually *do* dream about that, on the reg.

    Casey Reply:

    @Rylee, Dole Whip, we have it at the Indiana State Fair! Also, have you ever had french toast made with croissants? I have and daaaaaamn.

  5. Libby in WI says:

    Cupcakes!!!! I love them so much I got one tattooed on my arm and I’m in the early stages of planning to open my own bakery. PS I’ll make a donut and name it after you :)

    Casey Reply:

    @Libby in WI, YOUR OWN BAKERY! THAT’S SO EXCITING! My most favorite cupcake is one here locally that is a white cake with an almond buttercream. That cupcake alone may equal my love of donuts.

  6. Danielle says:

    Pho. Brisket, tripe, chicken, seafood, cow butt, pig hoof…. I don’t care. Just Pho. Warm salty umami savory noodle soup. With sriracha lime basil sprouts cilantro onion and JALAPEÑO. Do not forget the sriracha and JALAPEÑO. The comfort of the broth, the freshness of the herbs and veggies, the childlike fun and awkwardness of the slippery noodles and the heartiness of the meat. I could eat it everyday. And the leftovers (if there is any) for breakfast. I would love to go to Vietnam and taste the real deal, the old Vietnamese grandmother cooking it for her family deal. Dear god. Beard me. It’s time for SOUP.

    Casey Reply:

    @Danielle, There are times when all I want is Pho.
    Exactly the way you described, it’s like eating a hug.
    Also, “beard me?” I love it.

  7. Ice cream, specifically really good strawberry ice cream in a waffle cone. But good ice cream in general will do. When I was pregnant I justified about 3 pints of Ben & Jerry’s Americone dream for every couple weeks.

    On a side note, I love your shout out to Longs. My college roommates’ family owns Longs and they do have the best donuts. She had a “donut favor” table at her wedding. Pretty much the best thing ever!!

    Casey Reply:

    @Sarah, If I were to get married again, screw cake. DONUTS. Longs Cinnamon Twists, caramel iced and cinnamon fried. And the yeast. OMG DONUTS. If you’re friends with her on facebook or anything, tell her thank you from the bottom of my belly.

    Jenny Reply:

    @Casey, My husband’s cousin’s wife (are you with me) surprised her groom on their wedding day with a groom’s cake made of stacked glazed and chocolate glazed donuts, arranged in a traditional cake tower shape. Brilliant. And delicious.

  8. Me + Cadbury mini eggs = tru luv 4eva
    Come to Ptown. We have Voodoo doughnuts and, even better, the Donutorama food truck. Creme brulee donuts ftw.

    Casey Reply:




  9. Tex Mex in Dallas. I have a number of restaurants, orders, dreams, etc. I have actually brought it back with me on the plane. I don’t care if it’s not “real Mexican”. It’s real Tex Mex. I miss that and real kolaches from Texas. When you go to Austin, make sure you venture out to West and get kolaches. They are like donuts exotic cousin.

    Christy Cruz Reply:

    @Jenny, Kolaches in Austin are, the only word is sublime. You just can’t get them anywhere else that taste quite like these. We like The Kolache Factory.

    Casey Reply:

    @Christy Cruz, *looks at flights to Austin*

    Christy Cruz Reply:

    @Casey, I’ll be your tour guide!

    Casey Reply:

    @Christy Cruz, WE HAVE A KOLACHE FACTORY IN INDIANAPOLIS!!! *flaps arms*

    Casey Reply:

    @Jenny, I miss Utah Mexican food, I get it, while it may not be “real” it’s what makes you happiest.

    Noted HEAVILY on the kolaches.

  10. Next time you head west with your honey you can pick up a minor league ball game and try the donut burger: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1007/mlb.park.food./content.2.html?mobile=no

    I don’t like my food to touch, so this is a rule breaker for me.

    Casey Reply:

    (We have something like that here at the fair and NO.)

  11. In Canada we have Tim Hortons and everyone raves about it but their donuts taste like ass and now I need myself a nice hot donut or I’m going to FREAK THE EFF OUT!!

    Casey Reply:

    @Leah @ The Informal Matriarch, I have had TimmyHos in Canada, and I have to agree with you. While better than Dunkin Donuts, they’re no small mom and pop bakery donuts.

    Leah @ The Informal Matriarch Reply:

    @Casey, No one really knows this but the Safeway Donuts are really the best. Apppplllleee Frittteerrrsssssss

  12. I’ve been to gordoughs and it’s pretty much the most epic thing ever. Taste better than they look even. Go. Now!

    Casey Reply:

    @Lia, I’m so happy to know this, yet so sad AT THE SAME TIME.

  13. Donuts, thanks to this post right now.

    Ice cream.

    Klondike Bars.

    Casey Reply:

    @ClassyFabSarah, What would you do-oo-oo, for a Klondike Bar?
    (Are you even old enough to know that jingle? Google it.)

  14. Without a doubt General Tso’s chicken from Little Panda in Lansing Michigan. I miss it so! Also, I mentioned this on Instagram but it’s worth mentioning again. Al’s Donuts in Plainfield IN are very tasty. They are a cash only establishment and they close when they run out. So go early!

    Casey Reply:

    @Erin, Cody LOVES General Tso’s chicken with his whole heart. Next time we’re in Lansing this is on our list.
    I’ve heard of Al’s, it’s on my donuts in Indy list.

  15. Christy Cruz says:

    The one food I dream about, I can never taste again. It’s the cheese enchiladas that my mother in law made. She made her red chile (she called it gravy) sauce from scratch. She’d make a special batch of flour tortillas, and she’d roll them really, really thinly. Then we’d spend an hour shredding cheese and chopping lettuce. She would do the onions. I can’t duplicate ANY of it. We like to think that she’s making them for Jesus and all the angels and they love them as much as we did…..sigh…..

    Casey Reply:

    @Christy Cruz, Oh. I love a good cheese enchilada, even better when it’s made with love by someone you love. They sound amazing.
    My mom makes these pineapple spareribs with this rice side that will always be the most comforting meal in the world to me.

  16. I’m pregnant and am craving donuts something fierce. The one you just described? Need it. NOW.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jessica, I KNOW RIGHT? Look in the July Food Network magazine, towards the back, you may pee yourself. Watch out.

  17. Get yourself to Austin! I just went and ate at Gourdough’s and my life will never be the same. If I lived there I would eat one every day and weigh 800 lbs and not care at all.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jodi, ME NEITHER. Maybe I would run if it meant donuts everyday.

  18. We held a baby shower at Gourdough’s for a friend a few weeks ago. It was amazing. If I thought donuts would travel well, I’d totally send you one.

    Casey Reply:

    @Sarah @ Toddler Summer, You’re the best. It also kills me to know that three people in my comments have been there and all say it’s amazing.
    I must go, and we must have a gathering while there.

  19. I am weak in the presence of donuts. In fact, I gave in just this morning. Evil fried dough and sugar. Evil I say.

    Casey Reply:

    @@BarbaraJones, Not evil, harbinger of joy and warm melt in your mouth goodness.
    Bless you donuts, bless you.

  20. Most of the donuts at VooDoo Donuts in Portland were overrated, but they did have the most amazing fritters. The plain apple was delicious, but they also had peach versions, slathered in FROSTING and SPRINKLES.

    (I’m a big donut fan, too. Fritters and donut holes in particular.)

    Casey Reply:

    @Nanette, Damn, I LOVE fritters. LOVE THEM I SAY.

  21. Donuts are pretty awesome

  22. If donut tester doesn’t work out, then: DONUT PHOTOGRAPHER, documenting one delicious treat at a time, followed by eating them – bam, new profession for you, and no need to thank me. ;)

    I totally agree though. Donuts are a slice of heaven that you just need to incorporate into you’re life, even when you’re mostly on a sugar-free kick. The Dirty Berry donut looks delicious. And also, anything from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland is amazing, so if you’ve never been there, it’s worth it – and not just for the donuts, but the donuts are definitely a must (my rec would be a vanilla frosted donut with crumbled oreos, and anything with coconut shavings or raspberry filling is also fantastic). And…yeah. I did not think I would get this passionate about donuts, but hopefully you won’t fault me for a lengthy spiel about them. Anyway, donuts are definitely one of “my foods,” but I would never say no to nachos and pizza, either.

  23. You know how they serve some people’s favorite foods at their funerals? At mine, I want everybody to have their own salt shaker at their place setting. Individualized salt shakers for everyone! (And at your funeral, we’ll eat donuts. Lots and lots of carmel iced donuts from Longs.)

  24. Omg I want a doughnut so bad right now!!! My weakness, crime brûlée the only thing I will EVER chose over chocolate. Ooh and

  25. If your travels will include “off the beaten path” then look up Turner Falls, Arbuckle Mountains, OK. Most people go there for the beautiful falls, real “swimming hole”, and sweet hospitality. That is all well and good. I’m telling you the secret reason to go there: Fried Fruit Pies (pronounced paaaaaaasssss). The peach is sublime. Don’t be fooled into thinking the hostess version ever came close. It’s like comparing a grocery sack to a Coach purse. Get the real deal:

  26. Valerie says:

    You have to go to Gourdough’s and order the Flying Pig. It’s life changing!

  27. Fonuts in LA! They do half of them regular and half gluten free and THEY ARE ALL THE BEST IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

  28. The donuts at Le Dulce Vida in Zionsville are HUMONGOUS and really good! (I should probably use the disclaimer that I would eat 3 day old donuts that have been sitting in a box on the counter and are super stale because I love them so much!) But really, they’re good! And did I mention huge? HUGE!

  29. You will probably dig Voodoo Donuts in Portland, OR. Also Psycho Donuts in San Jose, CA. I think the Cooking Channel has a donut cookoff/competition show now and apparently, the head baker/chef of Psycho Donuts won. :)