Arizona celebrates National Doughnut Day

In honor of National Doughnut Day (June 6), Experience AZ rounded up its favorite locally owned bakeries in Phoenix! Don’t let this important holiday go to waste; it’s one of the few days a year when you can experience the light and sugary flavors without judgment and guilt. From an old fashion doughnut to the cronut (croissant-doughnut), these creative and classic treats are an American pastime. Eat them for breakfast, dessert or both! There are plenty to go around on Friday…

Nami National Donut Day SundaeNami
2014 N. 7th St., Phoenix
(602) 258-6264
http://tsoynami.com/
Nami is a vegan restaurant known for its tSoynamis – a vegan ice cream treat. However, this local shop is known for more than its “tSoft tServe.” Three times a week, Nami bakes and fries up a batch of vegan and gluten-free doughnuts. These gluten- and soy-free cake doughnuts are baked to perfection in a variety of flavors and glazes — they’re customizable, too! Upon request, Nami can make any glaze. Every Sunday, Nami introduces a specialty doughnut, such as a peanut butter and jelly combo. In honor of National doughnut Day, Nami is cooking up a huge batch of vegan and gluten-free doughnuts. Pay an extra $2, and you can make your treat into a doughnut sundae!

Karl's Apply FrittersKarl’s Quality Bakery
111 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix
(602) 997-7849
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karls-Quality-Bakery
Karl’s Quality Bakery is a family owned establishment that has been open since 1994. The bakery makes a version of the popular “cronuts” in a variety of flavors and cream fillings, served Wednesday through Saturday. Stop in for one of these famous hybrid treats or try the ever-popular apple fritter – voted Best in Phoenix in 2013 by the Phoenix New Times.

Arizona Doughnut Co.
1030 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe, Ariz.
(602) 997-7849
http://azdoughnutco.com/
This locally owned bakery is open 24 hours a day as a drive-thru and walk-in. Stop by at any hour, day or night, and try one of Arizona doughnut Co.’s delicious blueberry-filled doughnut holes. Here’s a tip: you wont be able to stop at just one.

Sweetheart’s Gourmet Doughnuts
3655 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, Ariz.
(623) 551-2664
http://sweetheartsdoughnuts.webs.com/
This mom-and-pop bakery makes extra large specialty doughnut for any occasion along with holiday doughnuts. Sweetheart’s takes a twist on the classic PB&J with a jelly filled doughnut covered in peanut butter frosting. Choose from a variety of doughnut labeled, fancies, supremes or regulars – though nothing is regular about these delicious treats.

JewelsJewel’s Bakery and Café
4041 E. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, Az. 85018
(602) 714-5243
http://jewelsbakeryandcafe.com
On a daily basis, Jewel’s makes doughnuts ranging from lemon to pistachio, chocolate ganache, cinnamon sugar and the popular maple bacon – with bacon candied in pure maple syrup. On June 6, Jewel’s Bakery and Café is stepping it up a notch with a creative and inspired twist on the everyday doughnut. Head over to the bakery on Friday for a Monte Cristo doughnut with black forest ham, house made cherry jam and brie; a blueberry cobbler doughnut; or a doughnut with bubblegum frosting. For a true breakfast, try the Fruity Pebbles doughnut – the perfect mix of cereal and doughnut goodness. National Doughnut Day is a special occasion where having more than one doughnut is encouraged – and Jewel’s is definitely providing, with a buy-one-get-one-free promotion.