Fall is in full swing, and one New Englander wants to make sure you get your seasonal treats in the most efficient way possible.
What is this? The New England Cider Donut Map is exactly what it sounds like, a resource to help you access fall confectionery.
- It was created by self-proclaimed “cider donuteur” Alex Schwartz, who started the project in 2020, categorizing more than 350 options between a fresh, hot option or a pre-cooked variety from the store.
Here is the map, which you can save to Google Maps:
What do they say? Schwartz spoke with Sacha Pfeiffer on All things Considered about where their inspiration for the project came from and why they love sweet treats so much.
On what makes a good cider donut:
A great apple cider donut – you’re going to watch how fried it is. How dense is the donut crumb? Does the apple flavor in the dough really come through? But I think the most important thing is actually the environment and how you receive it, right? As if they prepare them hot and fresh right in front of you in the orchard. It’s a very different experience than buying them at Shaw’s when they’re cold in a plastic box.
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As far away as possible, they went to get a cider donut:
I mean, I’ve traveled all the way from New England to northern Vermont. There are some great places up there. If you know maple cream*, you can get a maple cream and a cider donut.
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And their ideas for an optimal donut eating experience:
I think you should eat it slowly. Maybe close your eyes to feel the breeze, the wind, and the crunchy leaves beneath your feet while you eat the donut.
I think the optimal experience is to eat it on site when it’s fresh. But there’s a little secret I’m going to tell you: a little tip for people: if you have a donut from the day before, put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. You get that hot experience again.
And now ?
- Schwartz also reviews the donuts they discover on their Instagram, guiding their followers to the best pieces of fried dough.
- And the map could soon expand beyond New England.
- “I mean, wherever apples grow and there are orchards, you’re going to have the apple cider donut as a possibility. So, you know, Washington State, New York State – I think There may be some global expansion to be had here. Who knows?
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