Best Donuts in Des Moines
Des Moines is not only the largest city in the state of Iowa, but is also home to America’s best state fair grounds and a wonderful downtown Farmer’s Market. With so much to offer, it’s only natural that delicious donuts can be found here as well. Locals and visitors alike go out of their way to get a taste of the most delicious donuts available in the Greater Des Moines area. Check out our list of the best donut shops in Des Moines.
1. Donut Hut
Donut Hut opens everyday at 5am, when the owner and staff can be found baking donuts, fresh fritters, and holes that come in chocolate, vanilla, and cherry flavor by the dozen. Their menu consists of glazed and cake donuts with a variety of flavors, including the always sought-after slivered almond cake donut and their mouthwatering chocolate coconut cake donut. Delivery is available to all of Des Moines and the surrounding areas of Urbandale, Johnston, and Clive.
2. Mahalo's Coffee & Mini Donuts
Inspirations from Hawaii can be found in this West Des Moines eatery where the owners have built a coffee shop and bakery around an island adventure. Hawaiian coffee is served daily and the establishment is open every day of the week. Classic donuts with cinnamon or powdered sugar are staples on the menu, with eleven other “Island Infused” donuts available to patrons. Some favorites include the “Apple Tiki” with a caramel cobbler glaze and the “Hula Honey” with graham cracker sprinklers and a topping of honey drizzle.
3. Hurts Donut Co.
Hurts Donut Co. just arrived in the Des Moines area in December of 2016. Before it even officially opened, there was a loud word of mouth buzz forming because area residents could not wait to try these tasty donuts. This establishment already has a successful location 110 miles east in Coralville, Iowa. Oversized donuts and a ton of variety are common mantras for Hurts Donut Company, as they often have 40-50 different types of donuts available daily for purchase.
The most popular baked items served include their “Cookie Monster” donut, which is blue and looks just like the popular Sesame Street character after he has ingested a table full of Oreos. This signature chocolate donut has bright blue icing and a scattering of Oreo crumbs below candy eyes. The peanut butter cup donut and maple bacon long john are also painfully good at Hurts Donut Co.
4. Van Hemert's Dutch Oven Bakery
A short drive north on Interstate 35 will take locals and the Iowa State University work commuters to the highly praised Van Hemert’s Dutch Oven Bakery in Ames, Iowa. This bakery is family owned and been in operation since the early 1980’s. They are well-known for all of their fabulous baked goods, but it is their supreme line of donuts that truly makes this the ultimate breakfast stop for Cyclone fans. The mocha filled Bismarks and sour cream donuts are always wonderful!
5. Casey's General Stores
The prominent red signage that can be found on these popular general stores throughout the Midwest are very recognizable to area residents. While also being known for their hot pizza and multitude of gas pumps, it is their large case of freshly baked donuts that brings in the majority of the store’s morning traffic. The first Casey’s was started in Des Moines, and now many more can be found across the Midwest. The most popular donuts include their frosted cake, Bavarian pudding filled long johns, and glazed premium ring donuts.
1. Donut HutDouglas Avenue, Des Moines
2. Mahalo's Coffee & Mini DonutsMills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
3. Hurts Donut Co.Suite 105, West Des Moines
4. Van Hemert's Dutch Oven BakeryAmes, IA 50010
5. Casey's General StoresDes Moines, IA 50320