Our good friends at New Jersey Going Strong are here to help us celebrate National Doughnut Day, shore style, with some recommendations for great doughnuts—or are they donuts?—along the NJ coast. Have another place to suggest? Tell us in the comments!
Doughnuts have long been a way for early risers to grab a mouthwatering breakfast before a day at their favorite Jersey Shore beach. Check out three shore-town favorites today—or on your next visit to the Jersey Shore!
Ocean City: Fractured Prune
The Fractured Prune is truly a local favorite of Ocean City, NJ (and there’s also a location in Ocean City, MD). The popular establishment is all about experimentation and encourages customers to use imagination to come up with a unique doughnut. Each year they run a doughnut contest with an assortment of new flavors. They hand out samples and after about a month of voting they pick the doughnut of the season. According to the Fractured Prune, creating the perfect doughnut requires consistent temperature of the air, water and secret-ingredient flour. At the Fractured Prune, your imagination is the limit, and they encourage visitors to create their own concoctions. With varieties like the Black Forest Donut (raspberry, mini chocolate chips, coconut) or the Orangesicle (orange, powdered sugar), why wouldn’t you go? Fractured Prune, 1225 Asbury Ave, Ocean City, NJ, 609-399-0482.
Must try: The Ocean City Sand (honey glaze and cinnamon sugar)
Toms River: Ob-Co’s Donuts
More of a traditional doughnut shop; this hot spot is a must-try on your next trip through Toms River. Using only top quality products, Ob-Co’s creates the perfect raised donut. Going strong since 1953, the establishment has always opened at 5 a.m., shutting the doors as soon as they sell out. Ob-Co’s is open year round and will feature key lime and apricot flavored donuts for the summer. A great indication of a successful business is what the locals think – and a lot of their most loyal customers grew up along the Jersey shore. Ob-Co’s Donuts, 547 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, 732-270-3882.
Must try: Try the Pistachio Frosted Glazed or the Cannoli Imagine Mini
Ship Bottom: Shore Good Donuts
The doughnuts are made as you order them and are served warm – you can’t get a fresher doughnut that that! Stop by this keeper for their world famous Shore Good Donut Sundae, served with your favorite doughnut and ice cream, piled high with toppings such as warm fudge, sprinkles, assorted candies, icings, whip cream and many more. And attention all beer lovers! Shore Good Donuts just introduced its beer donuts last month, featuring a Stout donut and an IPA Donut. Shore Good Donuts features friendly staff, a fun atmosphere, and kids will love watching the donut-making process. Shore Good Donuts, 1211 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, 609-492-0100.
Must try: French Toast is the best seller, with others not far behind, including the Inside Out, Boston cream and Mape N Bake.