Thursday Doors

Portland, Maine, has been called “America’s foodies small town” by Bon Appétit,” and one of the best places to eat in the Northeast” by the New York Times.

There is also local talk about whether it could compete with San Francisco for the most restaurants per capita.

One stop that we always make in Portland is to pick up donuts for my grandson.

He deals with food allergies, and it is challenging, if not impossible, to find a donut store or bakery that is peanut/tree nut free.

But, Portland has one, the Holy Donut, and this door leads to donut heaven for him.

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The Holy Donut started in 2012 with three employees 2016-02-17 13.45.32making 40 dozen donuts a week. Today, they employ 35 in two locations and produce 1 Million donuts per year.

What’s special about these donuts besides the fact that they are nut free? They include fresh Maine mashed potatoes for one thing, and the flavors they offer are amazing.


Photo credit: Trip Adviser

What sounds good – Sweet Potato, Chocolate Coconut, Maple Bacon, Pomegranate, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Chai Glazed, or Maine Blueberry?

There are twenty different flavors offered each day. Arrive early for the best choices, and when they sell out, they close for the day.

I forgot to take a photo before we ate them all so I had to borrow one from Trip Adviser.

But, bring your wallet. These nut free beauties are not cheap. A dozen donuts is right at $24 plus tax.

Why would anyone spend $2 per donut? Simple – when my grandson sees a box with the Holy Donut printed on it, his smile lights up a room because it is such a special treat for him. 🙂

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, February 25, 2016.

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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71 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Always like to hear about nut-free options since my daughter is allergic (to eggs, too!); thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love the door, love the name, would love the doughnuts. Good doughnuts aren’t cheap but many non-cheap doughnuts aren’t that great. If I’m ever in Portland, I’ll definitely look for this place.


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  3. Well, Judy I may be driving to Portland today to drop off some ad material and now thanks to you, I’ll more than likely be stopping off for a donut ( or two). Our daughter Zoe lives in Portland and we do love all the great ‘eats’ around this town. My favorite place to go however is not actually an eatery but is the Urban Fermentory where I get the best ginger blueberry kombucha.This is what I’ll be sipping…to wash down that chocolate sea salt donut you mentioned.

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  4. Joyce says:

    I love the idea that your grandson can count on you to bring him back his special treats – and that price doesn’t matter when it’s grandma doing the buying! 🙂
    I also love how one person in America can have a great idea – or recipe – open a shop, and a few years later employ 35 more of us! God bless America!

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  5. mainelysteph says:

    I love the Holy Donut! Their donuts are so dense and so moist. They are amazing! Definitely worth the $2 price tag in my book. Great review!

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  6. They look tasty. I don’t eat donuts much but I always enjoy good locally made ones. Yum.

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  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    Okay another place to add to the list 😀
    It’s so cool that places like this exist to help people with food allergies.
    And if the donuts taste as good as they look, it’s probably a good thing that this place isn’t too close to me.

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  8. joey says:

    I think specialty stores are worth their prices, I mean, special is right in the title! I imagine these donuts must be real labors of love, turning the density of potato into fluffy pastry. (Not unlike perfect gnocchi!) I will try the blueberry and the chocolate coconut, but they all sound good to me!
    Super cute storefront 🙂

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    What a lovely old door. $2 a donut really isn’t that bad, especially if they are as good as you say. I’ve heard about Portland being a great place to eat, and I’ve actually heard of this donut shop 🙂

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  10. pagedogs says:

    I’m not a big donut eater, but this place looks amazing. I love the idea of potatoes and sweet potatoes in donuts. I may have to look up some recipes and try them at home! On the other hand, a trip to Portland may be in order. We haven’t even begun to explore its wonders.

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  11. Laurie Graves says:

    I’m a donut lover from way back, but $24 for a dozen is enough to make this donut lover choke. Holy donuts, indeed! 😉

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  12. joannesisco says:

    I really like good store signs, and I love the hanging donut for this one!!
    These look sooo good. I can understand why your grandson gets excited – he knows a special treat is coming 🙂

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  13. Dawn says:

    Portland sounds like a yummy place to visit, Judy! All of the flavors sound so tempting. I would be so curious to try a sweet potato donut. Perhaps we could share one?? (Half the calories!) ♡

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  14. HOLY MOLY I can only imagine his smile!

    The moistest bread or buns seems to be the kind with potato water in them so I am not surprised too much at the potato ingredient but you had me craving donuts so much now I think I totally forgot about the door, ha ha !

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  15. Mary says:

    Love the post, I can smell the donuts from here!

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  16. This is one door I’d want to go through! Thanks for posting.

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  17. Ogee says:

    Warning: this post contains calorie cravings! Yum!!

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  18. Even I don’t like donuts, they look tempting 🙂

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  19. reocochran says:

    Combining potatoes into the donuts is an interesting recipe. I liked the sound of the maple bacon donut. I like vanilla coconut donuts and sour cream glazed cake donuts. Your grandson is a lucky boy and you are such a nice grandma. ♡ I think going the extra mile is special, Judy. Supporting a local donut shop is always nice. 🙂

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  20. pbmgarden says:

    Donuts must be making a comeback. We’ve had several new stores open here recently, but none with that advantage of nut-free. Glad your grandson can enjoy treats like this.

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  21. What a great idea, I wonder if they do gluten free donuts. It’s lovely that you can get them for your grandson, I can imagine his smile at the sight/smell of them.

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  22. Peter S says:

    We’ve been there – the added potato flour makes them fluffy!

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  23. Yes, Wondering if they could be Gluten free as well. Our Grandson was diagnosed with Celiac disease at age 2 and really enjoys treats like this when they can be found …

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  24. germac4 says:

    Portland in Maine has the reputation for being a foodie town even in Australia…good news travels fast!

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  25. treadway says:

    I can see paying that for something for my grandaughter…even if she didn’t have an allergy. If it was something she loved.

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  27. I’m so glad I don’t live close enough to buy a dozen a week. I’d be too big to get into my car.

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  28. It’s always good to find special treats for Grandchildren! 🙂

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  29. Nancy says:

    To see his smile… PRICELESS! Worth every penny!
    I would love to try one… This place may have to be on my bucket list!
    Oh and what a cool door!

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  30. Oh that’s so sweet! The perfect gift from Grandma – so thoughtful. I would be partial to the Chocolate Sea Salt myself. And I love the name!

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  31. colonialist says:

    And here I thought it was in the nature of all donuts to be holy! A space surrounded by confection …

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  32. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m drooling just reading about these donuts!

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  33. Is that sweet potato donut glazed? I’ll take one, and one of the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt! Oh they sound wonderful! I don’t eat donuts often, but I might make an exception for these! The door is wonderful with those large glass panes on top and the glass side panel too. It feels like a small town shop.

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  34. KerryCan says:

    A special place, for sure! I like the way you use the photo challenge as only a starting point and always have something interesting to say about your doors, too!

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  35. I love the way your doors so often lead to foodie delights Judy ! 😀 I’ll have a dozen Dark Chocolate Sea Salt to go please! 🙂

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  36. Just added a new weekend destination to my list. I showed it to my nut allergic daughter and her face lit up! Portland here we come!

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  37. lorigreer says:

    Donuts seem to be making a comeback. Portland has lots of donut shops to include our famous “Voodoo” donuts. Great post!!


  38. Karen says:

    How could I’ve not known about this place in all my trips to Portland. Oh well, it probably saved me a few pounds over the years that I missed the donut shop. 😀

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  39. These look and sound delicious….what a treat for your grandson😆

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  40. Grandma Kc says:

    You are so wonderful to get those for him and I bet there were some great hugs when you arrived home!

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