Apple Cider Donuts

By Eric Twardzik
Union Square Donuts

The end of a New England summer is bearable—but only because New England fall and its apple cider donuts are around the corner. From local bakery chains to country orchards and everywhere in between, here’s where to find versions of the autumnal snack that don’t disappoint.

Wilson Farm

Wilson Farms (Photo Provided)

At Lexington’s Wilson Farm, you can find everything from Chinese eggplant and Tuscan melons to a full-fledged baking operation pumping out sugar-caked apple cider donuts alongside cookies, muffins, and dozens of pie flavors. Pro tip: If you’d prefer a Netflix binge over a trip to Lexington, you can have Wilson Farm’s apple cider donuts delivered via Mercato.

A batter made with nutmeg and cinnamon gives Union Square Donut’s Apple Cider Cake Donut an extra helping of autumnal goodness. After frying, the seasonal flavor is dusted with cinnamon and clove sugar. You can find it at any of the four Union Square Donut locations in Somerville, Fenway, Brookline, and Downtown. To satisfy your PSL craving at the same time, pick up their Pumpkin Spice Donut (available vegan or non-vegan) while you’re at it.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

If your apple cider donut fix must come from an actual orchard, Honey Pot Hill Orchards is the way to go. Not only does this orchard in Stow, Massachusetts, (about an hour out of town) offer apple picking; it also features a hard cider tent, hayrides, and a one-and-a-half-mile hedge maze dubbed “The Green Monster.” Autumnal activities are the perfect way to work up an appetite for one of Honey Pot Hill’s cider donuts.

The Apple Cider donut rolled out at Blackbird Doughnuts each autumn is a twist on their old-fashioned cake donut, with a spiced batter and generous topping of cinnamon and sugar. Pairing alert: This fall, the off-kilter donut chain’s Fenway and Harvard Square locations will also be serving a sippable frozen apple cider with a slush-like consistency.

Red Apple Farms

Red Apple Farm, a fourth-generation family-owned farm in Phillipston, Massachusetts, operates a stall inside the Boston Public Market that pumps out apple cider donuts on the spot. If the sight of a mini assembly line frying donuts before they’re coated in cinnamon-sugar doesn’t mesmerize you, you’ll be transfixed by that fresh donut smell. For the dunking-inclined, we recommend picking up a hot cup of java at the nearby George Howell Coffee stand.

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