13 Tempting Toppings

Toppings provide a relatively easy way to add flavor, pizzazz, and variety to donuts. At quirky shops such as Portland, Oregon's Voodoo Doughnut, the selection ranges all the way from iconic sprinkles to unconventional bacon or Froot Loops. Below, some of our favorites, both modern and traditional.

Sprinkles
Sprinkles
For a visual bang, cover the entire top half of a raised donut in sprinkles to its center seam, or "skunk line."Todd Coleman
Rose Petals
Rose petals
Dipped in egg whites, dragged through superfine sugar, and dried, the petals add fragrant, colorful accents.Todd Coleman
Red Hots
Red Hots
The spicy, chewy candies are a bright-hued alternative to a traditional cinnamon-sugar glaze.Todd Coleman
Nuts
Nuts
Whether it's almond slivers on Nepalese balushahi or hazelnuts crowning bomboloni, nuts make a crunchy, savory topping. Toast them first to maximize their flavor.Todd Coleman
Nonpareils
Nonpareils
The key to getting these edible confetti to stick to a donut is to apply them while the glaze is still wet.Todd Coleman
Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruit
Seasonal fresh fruit lends tang and color when set atop donuts or pureed and mixed into glaze.Todd Coleman
Dried fruit
Dried Fruit
Given its concentrated flavor, a little dried fruit goes a long way; it's best to use it finely chopped.Todd Coleman
Cookies
Cookies
Crushed Oreos lend a striking black and white gravel effect and rich chocolate and vanilla flavor.Todd Coleman
Kids' cereal
Kids' Cereal
Froot Loops, a Voodoo Doughnut signature, lend crunch and color to donuts, plus they're the same shape.Todd Coleman
Caramel
Caramel
Freeze caramels to easily crumble them in a food processor. Sprinkle them on a donut for burnt-sugar richness.Todd Coleman
Candy
Candy
Small candies are ready to use straight from the bag, while larger bars can be frozen and chopped to use as a topping.Todd Coleman
Candied Citrus Peel
Candied citrus peel
Boil rind in simple syrup and then roll it in granulated sugar for a topping that adds bittersweet contrast to Neapolitan struffoli and other honey-soaked fritters.Todd Coleman
Bacon
Bacon
Hickory-smoked strips are great for flavor, snap, and visual impact atop a Long John.Todd Coleman