Chin Up

A sample of sweetness from Chin Up Donuts.

Over 10 billion donuts are made in the United States every year, and while favorites like glazed donuts still rule the charts – with Boston cream at the number two spot – many shops are getting creative with these sweet treats and their toppings. Here, we’ve highlighted a few of our new favorite donut spots.

BoSa Donuts

3722 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

This Phoenix staple has 20-plus locations around the Valley and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to their famous donuts, they also serve breakfast and lunch sandwiches, muffins, croissants, bagels and hot and cold beverages.

BoSa Donuts believes in keeping donuts simple, and wants to “carry on a sweet legacy by making the best donuts in Arizona.”

One aficionado reports that word of mouth keeps people coming through BoSa’s doors for their ever-famous glazed donuts.

Hi Hi Donuts

8714 N. 7th St., Phoenix

The shop likes to tempt folks to come inside with the tagline: “Treat yourself to something amazing.”

In addition to donuts, Hi Hi also serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, select pastries and handcrafted drinks.

According to a Hi Hi associate, some of their most popular donuts include maple frosting, apple fritter, Boston cream and blueberry. Their Texas kolaches (sausage-stuffed pastries) are also a crowd-pleaser.

The Local Donut

3213 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

These glaze-aficionados make their donuts the old-fashioned way – by hand-cutting and frying them. According to their website, “We pride ourselves with the ability to create the traditional donuts you remember and had as children while at the same time also bringing something fun, new and creative.”

Manager and baker Jay Martian said some of their customer’s favorite donuts include the crème brûlée, blueberry old-fashioned and pineapple fluff.

Alien Donuts

7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale

According to their website, “One of the first known aliens created a delicious space age pastry mimicking the rings around Saturn. Hence the first Alien Donut was born. Thousands of years later, we decided to come down and share our original recipes with the earthlings...”

For donuts that are out of this world, jump into a spaceship and set the dial for Alien Donuts in Old Town Scottsdale, where some of their most popular donuts are the vegan, red velvet and alien heads. They also serve ice cream, coffee and Rocket Shakes.

Chin Up Donuts

7325 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale

This woman-owned business specializes in pairing spicy, savory and unexpected glazes with inventive and non-traditional toppings.

According to self-named Chief Donut Officer Alex McEntire, the shop “aims to elevate a childhood favorite all while creating a happiness brand.”

“We’re known for our Everything Bagel Donut, which is salty-sweet,” McEntire said. We switch up our donut flavors and choices weekly. All our coffee is roasted in-house, and we offer several espresso beverages.”