Canada's Unofficial National Snack

There are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than anywhere else on the planet. Canadians eat more doughnuts than any other country's citizens. Although the doughnut is often seen as an American icon, it has become Canada's unofficial national snack. Coffee and doughnuts go hand in hand. And since coffee is Canada's number one beverage, its partner in crime, the humble doughnut, ranks up there in popularity.

Japan comes in a close second with a huge population of doughnut lovers.
National Doughnut Day is held on June 3 each year!

Top doughnut flavours

What is your favorite type of doughnut? Is it glazed? Maybe Boston Cream? Well, according to, they listed what the most popular doughnuts are in Canada.

  • Apple fritter
  • Glazed
  • Honey cruller
  • Sour cream
  • Boston cream
  • Strawberry
  • Chocolate glazed
  • Double chocolate
  • Old fashioned
  • Canadian maple

10 of the world’s craziest doughnut flavours

They’re delicious at any time of the year. We all have our favourites, whether it’s a maple dip, a chocolate glazed, or the traditional sour cream. Yes, the doughnut is the little snack that everyone loves to eat by the dozen. (Tip: a “cake” doughnut is thick and has a cake-like texture and a “raised” doughnut is fluffy like those chocolate glazed ones.)

Every year, you hear about some baker out there who’s invented some new flavour to tempt your taste buds. Here’s 10 of the craziest ones:

Captain My Captain

You’ll have to go all the way to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon, to get this yummy donut covered in icing and… you guessed it, Captain Crunch cereal! Soft and crunchy at the same time, dessert and breakfast in one snack. Yum!

Photo by camknows  

No Name Doughnut

Another great creation from Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts, they call this one the “No Name.” And I can imagine that’s it’s hard to describe in just one or two words a delicious raised doughnut covered in chocolate frosting, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies cereal!

Photo by camknows 

White Chocolate Raspberry

From the west coast over in Washington state we head over to Frost bakery where they make this ooey, gooey, stick to your fingers White Chocolate Raspberry cake doughnut. It sort of looks like a candy cane!

Photo by camknows 

Raspberry Road Rash

If you happen to be visiting Campbell, California, drop by Psycho Donuts (pretty cool name) and check out their Raspberry Road Rash cake doughnut which looks super tasty - cheesecake icing and raspberry dust!

Photo by Cheryl Lindo Jones 

Key Lime Pie

This one is a strange looking square shape and it’s covered in tart key lime pie-flavoured icing and glaze. Makes your mouth go all puckered!

Photo by Cheryl Lindo Jones

The Flying Pig

You’ll have to head over to Austin, Texas, to get the Flying Pig doughnut from Gordough’s. This place is famous for their doughnuts and that’s all that’s on their menu - sandwiches, burgers, and full meals made with the delectable cakes. This one is covered in bacon (lots of it) and maple icing.

Photo by mbrand 

Grilled Cheese

Next time you’re in Florida, before you head out to all the big amusement parks or see Mickey and Minnie, head over to Tom + Chee in St. Petersburg. Their motto is “Eat What’s Fun!” and you can tell they take it seriously with their signature creation, the Grilled Cheese Doughnut.

Photo by Yelp Inc. 

The Fruit PUNCH

This little creation from Lucky’s in Vancouver, BC, was created to raise funds for the 2013 Aprons For Gloves “Restaurant Rumble” annual event that raised money for the Eastside Boxing Club which offers boxing and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth. Shaped like a boxing glove, it was filled with mango/passion fruit curd and topped with a red raspberry glaze. What a tasty way to help out!

Photo by Roland Tanglao 

Voodoo Bubble

Wow, this Voodoo Doughnut place really makes some incredibly wacky snacks? Who would have thought to put vanilla frosting, bubble gum dust (you can get gum dust?), and a piece of bubble gum on a raised donut! I wonder if you can blow bubbles after you eat this one.

Photo by Lisa Norwood 


For this last one we head way over to Korea where they have the popular Dunkin’ Donuts chain (kind of like our Tim Hortons). This doughnut is filled with kimchi, a traditional fermented Korean dish made of vegetables such as cabbage, and seasonings.
Photo by bionibgrrrl 

Best doughnut shops in Canada

To fill your doughnut fix, you’re going to have to go to a doughnut shop! But what is the best shop to get a doughnut. Here are the best places to get a doughnut in no particular order.

  • Tim Horton’s, various locations
  • Wawel in Montreal
  • Suzy Q Doughnuts in Ottawa
  • Lee Doughnuts in Granville Island
  • Duffin’s Donuts in Vancouver
  • Samos in Montreal
  • Jelly Modern Doughnuts in Calgary
  • Dough by Rachelle in Toronto
  • Léché Desserts in Montreal
  • Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

Top Doughnut Lover Cities

We mentioned earlier that Ontario is the most cities in that province that is 8 out of the 10 spots on the Top 10 list of cities whose residents that are most likely to search for donuts on the Internet. According to Google Trends, here are the top 10 cities that were most likely to search for doughnuts on the Internet.

  1. St. Catharine’s, Ontario
  2. Sudbury, Ontario
  3. Coquilam, B.C.
  4. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  5. North Vancouver, B.C.
  6. Oshawa, Ontario
  7. Cambridge, Ontario
  8. Richmond, B.C.
  9. Burlington, Ontario
  10. Oakville, Ontario

Article Sources

Wikepedia, Topmoving, CBC