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    Post #1 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:33 am
    Post #1 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:33 am Post #1 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:33 am
    I'm not big on donuts or sweets in general but I love me some apple cider donuts. I just read about some spot in Southern Indiana that makes them and now I want some. Is there anywhere in Chicago or in upsate Indiana or Harbor Country (little closer than Southern) that makes these treats this time of the year? The only place I can think of is Wickes Apple Farm in Michigan which is about a 2 hour drive from here. I might be getting to Indiana this fall for a trip with my GF so anywhere that makes really good ones is appreciated.

    Note: a quick search reveals a few spots but I thought Id give them their own thread for future reference where a list of places could be seen in one topic.
  • Post #2 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:42 am
    Post #2 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:42 am Post #2 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:42 am
    I have no idea if she makes them, but if I were looking for cider donuts locally, I'd probably first check with Kirsten of Chicago-based Glazed Donuts. I've had her donuts at Green Grocer and Swim Cafe.

    Her email is: glazedchicago@gmail.com

    Green Grocer
    1402 W Grand Ave
    Chicago IL 60642
    312-624-9508

    Swim Cafe
    1357 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago IL 60642
    312-492-8600
  • Post #3 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:50 am
    Post #3 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:50 am Post #3 - September 23rd, 2009, 9:50 am
    I've had Apple Cider Donuts from a few different places in the area:

    Apple Haus of Long Grove
    230 Robert Parker Coffin Rd
    Long Grove, IL 60047-9539
    (847) 634-0730
    ( I also really like the strawberry donuts that they make during the festival at the end of June each year. )

    I'm not sure if Didier Farms still makes them.
    16678 W. Aptakisic Rd.
    Prairie View, Il 60069
    (near Lincolnshire, IL)
    Northeast corner of Aptakisic Rd. & Buffalo Grove Rd.
    (847) 634-3291

    A number of the apple orchards also have them.
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    Last edited by Pucca on September 23rd, 2009, 10:23 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #4 - September 23rd, 2009, 10:12 am
    Post #4 - September 23rd, 2009, 10:12 am Post #4 - September 23rd, 2009, 10:12 am
    I sometimes get a craving for the ones in Long Grove. Haven't been recently but they sold day old ones (still very good) at a discount. I've tried some others around the area whose makers escape me - one an orchard near Woodstock - but these in Long Grove were hands down the best. Very moist and nicely spiced.
  • Post #5 - September 23rd, 2009, 10:15 am
    Post #5 - September 23rd, 2009, 10:15 am Post #5 - September 23rd, 2009, 10:15 am
    Pucca stole my answers.

    Didier farms makes them during their pumpkin patch tourist season and they're damn good. Apple Haus makes them year round. I grew up near Long Grove and my friends and I would sometimes hang out around the back of the Apple Haus, and the staff there would bring us big grease-stained paper plates heaped with piles of the "rejects" (the ones that got broken or didn't fry up in the right shape), still warm from the fryer. Man, did we used to feast on those things. Love'em.
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  • Post #6 - September 23rd, 2009, 11:11 am
    Post #6 - September 23rd, 2009, 11:11 am Post #6 - September 23rd, 2009, 11:11 am
    This is the place if you like warm apple donuts

    Located in Hobart, Indiana, County Line Orchard is the closest U-Pick apple orchard to downtown Chicago. Spending a day at the orchard is one of the best family activities around. Come out and make lasting memories with your children hunting for the "perfect" apple, getting lost in the Corn Maize, or visitng with some farm animals in the Kids Farm.
    http://www.countylineorchard.com/store.html

    The Barn at County Line Orchard is located at 200 County Line Road, Hobart, IN 46342.
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  • Post #7 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:24 pm
    Post #7 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:24 pm Post #7 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:24 pm
    happy-stomach mentions Glazed Donuts. Earlier this summer, I tried a six-pack of mini-donuts purchased at the farmer's market at Uncommon Ground (Devon.) We were not fans. I think one kind was sour cherry and the other was hazelnut-something. We didn't even finish them and baked goods usually have a short life in our house. Maybe her other products are better, but I'm not itching to find out.
    -Mary
  • Post #8 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:49 pm
    Post #8 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:49 pm Post #8 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:49 pm
    Da Beef,

    Old Fashioned Donut, home of single best Apple Fritter in the known universe, makes a killer Apple Cider Donut. Mine was fresh from the fryer and the crisp exterior encasing warm moist apple flavored interior burst with rich apple goodness.

    Old Fashioned Donut Apple Cider Donut

    Image
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    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Old Fashioned Donut
    11248 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60628
    773-995-7420
    Closed Sundays
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  • Post #9 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:56 pm
    Post #9 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:56 pm Post #9 - September 23rd, 2009, 3:56 pm
    The Goebbert's pumpkin farms in Barrington and Huntley or Hampshire or wherever the other one is have them in season.
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  • Post #10 - September 23rd, 2009, 4:32 pm
    Post #10 - September 23rd, 2009, 4:32 pm Post #10 - September 23rd, 2009, 4:32 pm
    Sho' 'nuf, it's Apple Fest time in Long Grove, next weekend, starting Friday, October 2:

    http://www.longgroveonline.com/apple.html
  • Post #11 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:37 pm
    Post #11 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:37 pm Post #11 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:37 pm
    I'm pretty sure there's a stand at the Green City Market (along the south side toward the middle) which fries them up fresh, although I have not tried them.
  • Post #12 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:38 pm
    Post #12 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:38 pm Post #12 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:38 pm
    BR wrote:I'm pretty sure there's a stand at the Green City Market (along the south side toward the middle) which fries them up fresh, although I have not tried them.


    There is, and they're pretty awesome. They are donut holes though, not whole donuts.
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  • Post #13 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:55 pm
    Post #13 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:55 pm Post #13 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:55 pm
    jesteinf wrote:
    BR wrote:I'm pretty sure there's a stand at the Green City Market (along the south side toward the middle) which fries them up fresh, although I have not tried them.


    There is, and they're pretty awesome. They are donut holes though, not whole donuts.


    You know, that's what everyone says, so I must just be an apple cider donut ignoramous. Those things just taste like overly sweet dough balls to me, with a browner hue than most overly sweet dough balls.
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  • Post #14 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:59 pm
    Post #14 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:59 pm Post #14 - September 23rd, 2009, 8:59 pm
    Kennyz wrote:
    jesteinf wrote:
    BR wrote:I'm pretty sure there's a stand at the Green City Market (along the south side toward the middle) which fries them up fresh, although I have not tried them.


    There is, and they're pretty awesome. They are donut holes though, not whole donuts.


    You know, that's what everyone says, so I must just be an apple cider donut ignoramous. Those things just taste like overly sweet dough balls to me, with a browner hue than most overly sweet dough balls.


    Yeah, I probably like them so much because they're sweet and right out of the fryer. The apple cider donuts at the Apple Haus in Long Grove are a much better example of the style.
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  • Post #15 - September 24th, 2009, 9:18 am
    Post #15 - September 24th, 2009, 9:18 am Post #15 - September 24th, 2009, 9:18 am
    Kuiper's out in Maple Park also has apple cider donuts that are quite tasty. They come either lightly glazed or with sugar and cinnamon.

    And as an added treat, it's close to Elburn, so you can also go to Reams' Elburn Meat Market!


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    1N318 Watson Road
    Maple Park, IL 60151
    (815) 827-5200
  • Post #16 - September 24th, 2009, 9:42 am
    Post #16 - September 24th, 2009, 9:42 am Post #16 - September 24th, 2009, 9:42 am
    The GP wrote:happy-stomach mentions Glazed Donuts. Earlier this summer, I tried a six-pack of mini-donuts purchased at the farmer's market at Uncommon Ground (Devon.) We were not fans. I think one kind was sour cherry and the other was hazelnut-something. We didn't even finish them and baked goods usually have a short life in our house. Maybe her other products are better, but I'm not itching to find out.


    Mary,

    I'm actually not a fan of Glazed Donuts either. :oops:

    I can't even remember the varieties we tried at Green Grocer, and I only had one at Swim because I thought it was made by someone else. Glazed Donuts seem well-intentioned (high-quality, local ingredients, unique flavors), but they made me think of underbaked cake, kind of icky, actually.

    I only mentioned Glazed Donuts because I think they take requests (so could possibly make cider donuts) and because they're super local. And I imagine someone must enjoy their donuts...
  • Post #17 - September 24th, 2009, 3:05 pm
    Post #17 - September 24th, 2009, 3:05 pm Post #17 - September 24th, 2009, 3:05 pm
    elakin wrote:Pucca stole my answers.


    D'oh! Mine too. I'm going to Long Grove on the 4th for my annual stash. However, during Apple Fest, they coat them in cinnamon sugar, and I prefer them plain like they have the rest of the year.
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  • Post #18 - September 24th, 2009, 5:09 pm
    Post #18 - September 24th, 2009, 5:09 pm Post #18 - September 24th, 2009, 5:09 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Da Beef,

    Old Fashioned Donut, home of single best Apple Fritter in the known universe, makes a killer Apple Cider Donut. Mine was fresh from the fryer and the crisp exterior encasing warm moist apple flavored interior burst with rich apple goodness.

    Old Fashioned Donut Apple Cider Donut

    Image
    Image

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Old Fashioned Donut
    11248 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60628
    773-995-7420
    Closed Sundays


    Is that a cake donut or yeast? Their donuts are so rich it's hard to tell from the picture. Even the beloved apple fritter looks like a cake donut. Hmmm, I think I'm going to treat myself to some Old Fashioned Donut's apple fritters right after I complete my 15 mile run/walk in my training (about 2 weeks from now). Man, I think I may have to start running faster now just thinking about that fritter. :P
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  • Post #19 - September 24th, 2009, 5:47 pm
    Post #19 - September 24th, 2009, 5:47 pm Post #19 - September 24th, 2009, 5:47 pm
    pairs4life wrote:Is that a cake donut or yeast?


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  • Post #20 - October 1st, 2009, 1:10 pm
    Post #20 - October 1st, 2009, 1:10 pm Post #20 - October 1st, 2009, 1:10 pm
    I came to LTH and was about to post a similar request but I thought I'd put my question here, though I suspect that I already know the answer after reading through these replies. I am looking for cider donuts as well as pumpkin donuts. The cider mill back home (Uncle John's cider mill in St. Johns, MI) had the absolute best plain (unfrosted/unglazed) fried cake donuts. The two types I miss the most are apple cider and pumpkin (the also had buttermilk and powdered cinnamon sugar). Anyway, I see a lot of places listed above that have cider donuts and eventually I'll try to make it out to one. My question - do any of these places have pumpkin donuts? Ideally, I'd like to find a source in the city limits as I live in Lakeview but I realize this may require a trip into the burbs.

    Regarding the stand at the Green City Market with the "cider donuts" - I concur with the poster above, these are not like the cider donuts I am familiar with. The donuts at Green City are basically cinnamon donut holes, not a plain apple cider-flavored cake donut.
  • Post #21 - October 1st, 2009, 4:31 pm
    Post #21 - October 1st, 2009, 4:31 pm Post #21 - October 1st, 2009, 4:31 pm
    jesteinf wrote:
    BR wrote:I'm pretty sure there's a stand at the Green City Market (along the south side toward the middle) which fries them up fresh, although I have not tried them.


    There is, and they're pretty awesome. They are donut holes though, not whole donuts.


    I'm pretty sure the place you're referring to is Zullo's, run by Adriana Marzullo, who dubs these fried nubs "zeppole." These tasty pastries have been chronicled in the last photo in this Local Beet picstream and in Monica Eng's paene to this pastry .
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  • Post #22 - October 1st, 2009, 5:07 pm
    Post #22 - October 1st, 2009, 5:07 pm Post #22 - October 1st, 2009, 5:07 pm
    I used the excuse of needing some stuff from Ikea and made it out to the Apple Haus last week. It was also my first trip to Long Grove. What an interesting little town that is. The donuts were great and everything I wanted. Apple Fest is this wkd.

    Image
    Apple Haus cider donut

    I'm also glad this post brought Old Fashioned donuts back to my mind. Its a place that has been on my to go to list since I read about it on here. I somehow forgot all about it until the suggestion above reminded me of it. I also love a good apple fritter which I don't doubt they have. The cider donut looks as good as their fritters I've seen in the other threads. Thanks to all for the tips on both places.
  • Post #23 - October 4th, 2009, 3:31 pm
    Post #23 - October 4th, 2009, 3:31 pm Post #23 - October 4th, 2009, 3:31 pm
    I went to Dinkel's this weekend (on Lincoln in Lakeview/Roscoe Village) and to my surprise they had "apple cider spice donuts". They were pretty much exactly what has been described here (cake donut flavored with cider) with the caveat that they have cinnamon sugar on them. I would prefer them plain but they were good nonetheless with the sugar.

    Dinkel's Bakery
    3329 North Lincoln Avenue
    http://www.dinkels.com/
  • Post #24 - October 4th, 2009, 3:57 pm
    Post #24 - October 4th, 2009, 3:57 pm Post #24 - October 4th, 2009, 3:57 pm
    BigT wrote: My question - do any of these places have pumpkin donuts? Ideally, I'd like to find a source in the city limits as I live in Lakeview but I realize this may require a trip into the burbs.
    This week's Joe Caputo's ad had pumpkin donuts on ad for 89 cents each. I tried one yesterday. The edges are glazed. The pumpkin flavor was masked by the spices, so the pumpkin flavor was not as pronounced as I had hoped. I found a recipe for pumpkin donuts on recipezaar, so maybe I'll give it a try sometime.
  • Post #25 - October 10th, 2009, 8:54 am
    Post #25 - October 10th, 2009, 8:54 am Post #25 - October 10th, 2009, 8:54 am
    Goebbert's has locations in South Barrington and Hampshire - excellent donuts - www.pumpkinfarms.com. Also, Edwards Apple Orchard has locations in Poplar Grove (northeast of Rockford) and west of Rockford - their hot donuts are amazing - sugar coated, not glazed. Both places have a cool shops, pumpkins, sweet corn, and many kid-friendly activities. There are several other apple/pumpkin farms scattered throughout Lake, McHenry, Kane counties that I've seen have these donuts - get out and explore northeastern Illinois. Each year we try new places and there are many hidden gems out there... and I continue to find new wineries with some great products in the same areas, but that's a different thread...
  • Post #26 - October 10th, 2009, 9:00 am
    Post #26 - October 10th, 2009, 9:00 am Post #26 - October 10th, 2009, 9:00 am
    ...and i've had great cider AND pumpkin donuts at Country Donuts on Rt. 20 in western Elgin - they have each in glazed or sugar coated options. CD has a few other stores I think (Crystal Lake, Schaumburg). And Roll-N-Donuts on Rt. 25 in Elgin also has specialty donuts this time of year - and all their stuff is far better than most places.
  • Post #27 - October 12th, 2009, 12:54 pm
    Post #27 - October 12th, 2009, 12:54 pm Post #27 - October 12th, 2009, 12:54 pm
    Also saw both cider and pumpkin donuts at Spunky Dunkers in Palatine as recently as last weekend.
  • Post #28 - October 22nd, 2009, 3:15 pm
    Post #28 - October 22nd, 2009, 3:15 pm Post #28 - October 22nd, 2009, 3:15 pm
    My favorite apple cider donuts remain those sold at the Wisconsin State Fair by the WI Apple Growers in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion. Alas, I missed the fair this year and have been unable to determine whether those specific donuts are available anywhere else the rest of the year. Searching on google yields 2 posts by me about the donuts in the top 11 search results :roll: So more info that route hasn't worked for me. Did have a close second at one of the big roadside tourist stops in Door County though.

    I do though, have a bag o donuts from Spunky Dunkers in Palatine right here next to me as I type this. Andrew from Gapers Block recommended them to me at the GNR dinner, and while I couldn't make it before work I still found the potential for good donuts irresistible at lunchtime.

    *takes a bite* Yes, this is a good donut. The apple flavor is a bit lacking though. Still very tasty, but disappointing as an apple cider donut.

    *chomp* Oh-ho! This pumpkin donut, on the other hand, is excellent. Nice cake donut, stronger pumpkin flavor, and an aftertaste redolent of pumpkin pie spices. This is a donut I'll go back for.

    *final bite* This chocolate cake donut is pretty good too. Not a destination donut, but something I'll almost certainly pick up again on a work day while in the area.
  • Post #29 - October 22nd, 2009, 4:08 pm
    Post #29 - October 22nd, 2009, 4:08 pm Post #29 - October 22nd, 2009, 4:08 pm
    From Goberts in South Barrington
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  • Post #30 - October 22nd, 2009, 6:04 pm
    Post #30 - October 22nd, 2009, 6:04 pm Post #30 - October 22nd, 2009, 6:04 pm
    lawoman wrote:Also saw both cider and pumpkin donuts at Spunky Dunkers in Palatine as recently as last weekend.

    Spunky Dunkers has two apple donuts: Apple Crisp Cake and Taffy Apple donut. I was not able to try the Taffy Apple donut since they were sold out. I liked the Apple Cider donut from Apple Haus more than the Apple Crisp Cake donut. The Pumpkin donut at Spunky Dunkers was good, but I liked the Pumpkin donut at Caputo & Son more.
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