Five Must-Try Donut Shops in OC

If you haven’t already noticed, donuts are rising in popularity and have become much more than just your typical old-fashion glazed confection with a hole in the middle. Orange County donut shops are changing the donut scene, introducing exciting new (ingredients) and fillings that have people lining up all hours of the day.

The Donuttery

17420 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92647 

Open 24/7, The Donuttery offers the wide variety of both vegan and non-vegan donuts. So if you’re vegan and can’t have a blueberry donut at M&M, do not fret! They have over a dozen vegan options including chocolate, coconut, PB&J and more. One of their most popular signature donuts is their maple bacon, a maple bar topped with actual strips of crunchy bacon. Another favorite — the creme brulee donut, a rich dulce de leche packed donut with a flambeed sugar coating.

Creme Brulee Donut from The Donuttery
Maple Bacon Donut from The Donuttery

DK’s Donuts

3744 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869

(714) 633–5858

DK’s Donuts, a family owned donut shop in Orange, has been around for 32 years and it’s obvious why. If you love croissants and donuts, you’ll love their cronut selection. A cronut is a crossiant-donut hybrid that is flaky like a croissant and fried like a donut. The most popular cronuts available are their Nutella cronut, cinnamon sugar cronut and glazed cronut which can all be topped with fresh strawberries. They’re all light, airy, flaky with a pleasingly audible crunch. It’s no wonder they’re a customer favorite.

Nutella Cronut from DK’s Donuts
A variety of DK donuts

M&M Donuts

1614 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802 Phone number

(714) 490–0718

M&M donuts is known for the best blueberry donut in Southern California. They may come with an two hour wait on average, but the wait is worth the infamous pizza box filled with fresh and hot blueberry donuts. The blueberry scent will keep you in line. Made to order, these donuts are served in pizza boxes so they aren’t stacked on top of each other and clumped together. The donuts maybe still too hot to eat when you get them, but don’t wait too long to bite into the glistening donuts that are slightly crispy on the outside and soft like a blueberry muffin on the outside.

A dozen of blueberry donuts from M&M Donuts
Close up of Blueberry donuts


18030 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Making it’s debut in 2014, After’s is the pioneer of the donut ice cream sandwich, also known as the milky bun. At After’s, you get to create your own ice cream filled donut concoction. They offer a plain, glazed or chocolate donut to start off. Then you may try as many of their original ice cream flavors as you please until you find the right one to put in your donut. Among their most popular flavors include Vietnamese coffee, churro, cookie monster and jasmine milk tea. Once you’ve decided on your ice cream, there are a dozen toppings to add, such as mochi, oreos, cereal and m&ms. The warm donut and ice cream melts fast, so hurry and take your Instagram picture before you indulge!

Glazed Milky Bun with Cookie Monster and Fruity Pebbles

Friendly Donuts

4442 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869

(714) 538–4942

Blueberries aren’t the only ingredient that make donuts colorful. Friendly donuts introduces the popular Filipino purple potato in donut form, bringing Orange County a new bright purple donut. Ube donuts come plain or topped with blueberry icing.They have ube ice cream for those who would like to make an ube ice cream sandwich. They offer a wide variety of other classic and specialty donuts.

Ube Donut from Friendly Donuts
Peanut Butter Cup specialty Donut
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