Our artery-exploding ranking of the city’s best doughnuts, crullers and custard-filled confections
20. Tori’s Bakeshop’s Vanilla Cake Doughnut
This vanilla cake doughnut may look like other pink rings, but it’s healthier: organic, vegan, gluten-free and baked—and it’s still crave-worthy. $3. 2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500, torisbakeshop.ca.
19. Caplansky’s Deli’s Maple Bacon Doughnuts
Leave it to deli king Zane Caplansky to make dessert meaty. His buttermilk balls are studded with nuggets of beef bacon. $4 for three. 156 Cumberland Ave., 416-967-7676, caplanskys.com.
18. Janchenko’s Bakery’s Plum-Filled Ponchiki
Go early in the morning to this Bloor West Village bakery, long known as Anna’s, and the plum-filled ponchiki are served, still warm, in a paper bag. $1.25. 2394 Bloor St. W., 416-769-8065.
17. Sanremo Bakery’s Lemon Meringue Doughnut
You have to take a number at this perennially busy Italian bakery in Etobicoke—but their mouth-puckering lemon meringue doughnut is worth the wait. $1.80. 374 Royal York Rd., 416-255-2808, sanremobakery.com.
16. Apiecalypse Now’s D’ohnut
Imagine Wonder Bread slathered in hot-pink icing, and that pretty much sums up Apiecalypse Now’s vegan, Simpsons-inspired dessert. $2.50. 735 Bloor St. W., 416-516-4555, apiecalypsenow.com.
15. Little Nicky’s Cinnamon Sugar Mini Doughnuts
The café’s Donut Robot spits tiny rings onto a conveyor belt that drops them into a vat of cinnamon sugar. $2.75 for six. 375 Queen St. W., 416-260-0500.
14. Through Being Cool’s Reverse Boston Cream
The vegan Reverse Boston Cream doughnut at TBC sports a light vanilla glaze and a milkshake-thick, tofu-based chocolate icing. $3.25. 1277 Bloor St. W., 416-998-3321, @tbcvegan.
13. Beast’s Boozy Brown Butter Doughnut
Brunch is always better with doughnuts and booze, so here’s a two-for-one: a brown-butter doughnut with a kick from frosting that’s had a few glugs of rye. $3.96. 96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000, thebeastrestaurant.com
12. Fat Pasha’s Sufganiyot
Fat Pasha makes these Hanukkah treats year-round: the beignet-like bundles are dusted with cinnamon sugar, filled with whipped cream and served on a chocolate mousse bed. $10. 414 Dupont St., 647-342-0356, fatpasha.com.
11. P.G Clucks’ Honey Cruller
The marquee says “fried chicken sandwiches,” but the delicate honey cruller deserves a shout-out. Hedonists can order their chicken on one from P.G.’s “secret” menu. $2.50. 610 College St., 647-925-2226, pgclucks.com.
10. La Cubana’s Doughnut Holes
Happiness is a bowl of La Cubana’s deep-fried, sugar- dusted doughnut holes. They’re served with chantilly cream and caramel for dunking. $6 for six. 392 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-538-7500, lacubana.ca.
9. Cheese Boutique’s Bomba
One of these Nutella-filled bomba is the most joy you can buy in this city for under a buck. Each is a perfect three bites, and the house-made hazelnut deliciousness isn’t as sweet as the store-bought stuff. $0.85. 45 Ripley Ave., 416-762-6292, cheeseboutique.com.
8. Jelly Modern’s S’mores Doughnut
This work of art—filled with house-made marshmallow cream, covered in a milk-chocolate ganache and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs—tastes like summer, minus the mosquitoes. $2.75. 376 College St.; 181 Bay St., 416-962-2053, jellymoderndoughnuts.com.
7. The Rolling Pin’s Cotton Candy Doughnut
This sprinkled strawberry confection has a frizzy cotton candy wig to send it soaring into the sweetness stratosphere. $3.25. 3429 Yonge St., 416-691-4554, therollingpin.ca.
6. Sorelle and Co.’s Orange Blueberry Doughnut
These gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free vegan doughnuts taste way less virtuous than they are—and the orange-blueberry looks like it belongs in an art gallery. $3.95. 176 Yonge St.; 1050 Rutherford Rd., Vaughan, 905-303-1073, sorelleandco.com.
5. White Lily Diner’s Chocolate Dip Doughnuts
The petite doughnuts here range from classic (maple dip) to contemporary (vanilla chai). The chocolate dip, with an airy dough and just enough dark chocolate ganache to satisfy a sweet tooth, is our favourite. $4.50 for two. 678 Queen St. E., 416-901-7800, whitelilydiner.ca.
4. Von Doughnuts’ Blueberry-Lime Streusel
These yeasted rounds are among the puffiest in town. The crème brûlée is Von’s top seller, but our pick is the blueberry-lime streusel for its fine balance between classic construction and gonzo excess. $2.85. 713 Danforth Ave., 416-901-8663, vondoughnuts.com.
3. Bar Raval’s Crema Catalana Doughnuts
Doughnuts don’t spring to mind when we think of Catalan cuisine. Crema catalana, however, is one of its specialities, and Bar Raval honours the dessert with a ball of dough filled with lightly sweet custard. $4. 505 College St., no phone, thisisbarraval.com.
2. Glory Hole’s Buttered Toast Doughnut
Breakfast will never be the same after a bite of Glory Hole’s signature toast-and-butter creation. It’s topped with brown-butter frosting, a ski of cinnamon and a smattering of sweet breadcrumbs. $3.50. 1596 Queen St. W., 647-352-4848, gloryholedoughnuts.com.
1. Emma’s Country Kitchen’s Crunchie Doughnut
This brunch hot spot makes the city’s best doughnuts. (In fact, Emma’s co-owner Rachel Pellett once competed on the reality series Donut Showdown and won.) We’re partial to her Crunchie-inspired creation, a chocolate-dipped doughnut topped with melt-in-your-mouth shards of sponge toffee. $3. 810 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-652-3662, emmascountrykitchen.com.