Bacon Unwrapped

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Maple Bacon Doughnut

I was recently able to catch the rerun of No Reservations that took place in the Pacific Northwest.

This particular episode was significant for this blog because of Bourdain's visit to Voodoo Doughnut where he encountered the infamous maple bacon doughnut.

From the show:

Anthony Bourdain: (looking at the maple bacon doughnut in the display case at Voodoo Doughnut) Is that bacon on top of that?

Cat Daddy, Co-Owner of Voodoo Doughnut: That is our world famous bacon maple bar. It's just like pancakes, bacon, and maple syrup.

AB: It's a doughnut. And bacon. Together.

AB: (voiceover) Cat Daddy and partner Trey Shannon have joined a perversely anarchistic world view with one of America's favorite snack foods. Arise ye non-conformist doughnuts.

AB: (talking to Cat Daddy) Your favorite doughnut is?

CD: The old dirty bastard. Chocolate, oreos, and peanut butter.

AB: Ok, I have to have one of those.

AB: (tasting) Oh that's great. Chocolate. Peanut butter. I kind of wish I was drunk before eating this.

AB: (looking at the bacon maple bar) But this. Only Elvis, like late era Elvis on medication would eat this. (taking a bite) I'm really ashamed of myself for liking this. I took a bite to be polite, I'm eating the rest because I'm liking it.


AB: (the next morning, flashing back to the day before) It's a doughnut. And bacon. Together!

AB: (voiceover) I have an obsessive, some have even said addictive personality all my own. And during my short stay in the Pacific Northwest, already I'm reverting to what they call in 12 step "drug seeking behaviors."

AB: (walking down the sidewalk) Come on, let's go to Voodoo Doughnut again.

AB: (voiceover) My feet are taking me for something I need, deep in the reptile pleasure centers of my brain.

AB: (at the door of Voodoo Doughnut, which is closed) Nooooo! I need my maple bacon doughnut. I need my maple bacon doughnut!!!

Given Bourdain's reaction to this unusual doughnut, it must have been pretty fantastic. Perhaps a reason to visit Portland sometime soon...

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  • This sounds fantastic... I'm a huge salty-sweet fan myself and the only thing that's ever come close to satisfying my cravings is peanut butter and bacon sandwich. Delish!

    By Blogger Kate Strickland, at 11:04 AM  

  • I can only imagine that a maple bacon doughnut is next to heaven. I had some bacon VERY recently and smeared butter and honey all over it. I bet it was close to that. I don't do the doughnut thing any more, so I will just have to taste vicariously through those who eat doughnuts and bacon together.

    By Blogger Digital Writer, at 3:44 PM  

  • Brits Bompas & Parr are also having a crack at the bacon doughnut although in the UK they call it a doughnut butte. Check it out:

    By Blogger epergne, at 8:11 AM  

  • I just treated myself Voodoo the other night. There are some pretty interesting combinations here. Sadly, the Nyquil-filled jelly doughnut is no more, thanks to the health department. It was just the thing us Portlanders needed in the long rainy winters

    By Blogger Charles, at 4:21 PM  

  • Yes, really, the maple-bacon doughnut is hands down the best doughnut I've ever had. If you ever make it even CLOSE to Portland, you have to try it. I went out of my way to give it a shot after seeing said episode, and I'm a changed woman. In fact, I haven't had another doughnut since, knowing it wouldn't be as magnificent as that first one...

    By Blogger Antoinette, at 9:18 PM  

  • There is also a place in Mill Creek, WA (just north of Seattle) called "Frost." They must have seen this episode, because they also have a bacon maple doughnut. They, however, use crumbles, which i believe is superior to Voodoo because those strips just come right off if you don't bite through them. BTW. BEST DOUGHNUT EVER.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 12:50 PM  

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