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Bacon Meets Maple at Voodoo Doughnut

Under some voodoo.
Under some voodoo.

No self-respecting meat blogger can go to Portland and leave without first paying a visit to Voodoo Doughnut. That’s because Voodoo Doughnut is no ordinary doughnut shop. Not content with simply making a few tasty crullers and eclairs, Voodoo Doughnut has come up with doughnuts topped with just about any ingredient that you could ever want on a doughnut, and some you might not. Think Tang, Cap’n Crunch and weird vegan things that simply seem necessary in Portland. Some are even shaped like dongs, but that’s a whole other story. In my story, the line in front of the place only took about a half an hour, which I was informed was not terrible despite that it was mid-afternoon on a Thursday.

You do voodoo with my heart, literally and figuratively.
You do voodoo with my heart, literally and figuratively.

Despite the obvious allure of the doughnuts above, there was one in particular I was attracted to, called the Bacon Maple Bar. Shaped like an eclair, this doughnut wasn’t topped with chocolate and filled with custard, but was instead topped with a maple glaze and real strips of bacon. It looked like a beauty and turned out to have a taste matching that beauty. As my first doughnut with maple and bacon (I know there are others out there), this one set a nice bar with a sweet and salty mix that only could have been improved with more bacon.

This is like their plain doughnut.
This is like their plain doughnut.

To balance things out, we also picked up a cookies and cream doughnut, which meant it was one of those normal-shaped doughnuts, but topped with a creamy glaze and chunks of Oreos. This was unquestionably a good doughnut, yet could not hope to compete with the bacon. In truth, few things can.

So would I wait longer than 30 minutes to get my hands on their Bacon Maple Bar again? In two words: probably not. Voodoo Doughnut is a must-eat, but a bit on the level of Pink’s Hotdogs in LA. I’m oh so glad I got the chance to try it out, and would eat the crap out of it with a shorter wait, but don’t need to necessarily go through the whole process again.