Whether we’re celebrating or in mourning, we tend to feed our feelings with dessert. And nothing satisfies an emotional hunger quite like a donut can. So it’s only fitting that this popular ring-shaped pastry would be at the center of some of the sweetest tributes. From honoring great athletes and award-winning TV shows, to late musicians and sports legends, here are the 4 best donut tributes of all time.

1. Big Papi Gets a Sweet Sendoff

With Boston’s favorite designated hitter David Ortiz retiring this year, Dunkin’ Donuts decided to pay homage to the hometown hero with a larger-than life mosaic made up of 10,000 donuts! This sweet work of art features Big Papi doing his iconic post home run pose with his arms in the air in celebration. More than 60 volunteers brought 10,000 of Dunkin’s signature donuts to the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston to orchestrate the 10k donut salute. What’s even sweeter is Dunkin’ Donuts donated 34 cents from every donut used to create the masterpiece to the Greater Boston Food Bank.


2. Voodoo’s Tribute Donuts are Too Good to Eat

Over the years, Voodoo Doughnut, known for its unique flavor combinations and controversial designs, has created some epic tribute donuts dedicated to various musicians, actors, and athletes who’ve passed away. These 9-inch donuts usually feature a portrait of the famous person and a RIP message with their birth and death year. Sara Heise, Executive Wrangler of Voodoo Doughnut, says their tribute donuts are crafted using “top secret” decorating techniques. The results are nothing short of amazing, and in some cases, totally realistic! Some of our favorite star tributes of the past include: David Bowie, Prince, and Alan Rickman.

Voodoo Doughnut David Bowie

Unfortunately, none of the memorial donuts ever go on sale; they’re merely to gaze and drool upon. But you can custom order your own tribute donut. Nothing says I care more than putting someone’s face on a huge donut.


3. A Tombstone Treat and Receipt

One fan of late comic Mitch Hedberg, the king of offbeat, one-liner jokes, took a page from Hedberg’s comedy book and honored the comic by placing a donut and receipt on his grave. A clever nod to the comedian’s famous donut receipt joke.

“I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut … I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I can’t imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, ‘Don’t even act like I didn’t get that doughnut, I’ve got the documentation right here… It’s in my file at home. …Under D.’


4. Breaking Bad Blue Sky Donuts are Addicting

Leading up to Breaking Bad’s much-anticipated season finale, Rebel Donut in Albuquerque, New Mexico cooked up some “blue magic” of their own—blue and white iced donuts, sprinkled with blue sugar crystals. While the only high you’ll be getting from these donuts is of the sugar variety, these Blue Sky treats are equally as addictive. Aaron Paul who played Jesse Pinkman on the show was even spotted hoarding a box full of them.

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