Above: While all of Bon Glaze’s doughnuts are decadent, stick with such filled options as Nanner and Campfire (back center) for proper substitutions for sufganiyot.
By Skye Estroff
There are latke songs and odes to gelt of all different chocolate varieties, but one signature Chanukah food lacks a following: jelly doughnuts.
Sufganiyot are typically yeast doughnuts filled with fruit jelly and topped with powdered sugar. As an adventurous millennial eater, I’ve come to the conclusion that this treat needs an update — ASAP.
Doughnuts are one of the trendiest foods. I see them all over Instagram on an hourly basis. Doughnut shops are popping up right and left in Atlanta, and the flavor combinations are limitless. So let’s make Chanukah hip again and add some tasty treats to our table this year.
- Bon Glaze (www.bonglaze.com) — Bon Glaze opened less than two years ago in Brookhaven and has created quite a buzz around the Atlanta community. It opened a second spot in Buckhead this year, and the lines are still out the door for the decadent, handcrafted doughnuts.
Almost two dozen flavors are available each day, but for Chanukah’s sake, we’re focusing on the filled versions. Just as there are eight nights of Chanukah, there are eight flavors of filled doughnuts at Bon Glaze every day. Try lemon meringue pie, peanut butter and berry, or strawberries and crème if you prefer fruit-filled, or order the Nutella with chocolate mousse, espresso crème, orange crème with whipped crème, Nanner (banana) or Campfire (s’mores) if you’d rather taste something outside the box.
- Revolution Doughnuts (revolutiondoughnuts.com) — Hailing from Decatur, Revolution Doughnuts can be a far trek for some. Whatever traffic you battle or inconvenience you face, these doughnuts are well worth it.
Revolution uses organic flour and all high-quality ingredients for its recipes, and the difference is exceptional.
Revolution makes several styles of doughnuts — from yeast to cake, vegan to low gluten. Recommendations for a modern take on sufganiyot include fresh peach and strawberry sliders, Almond Joy nut, Nutella cream puff, and the Revolution cream pie (a take on the Boston cream pie).
- Sublime Doughnuts (www.sublimedoughnuts.com) — You can find Sublime in Midtown and North Druid Hills, but its location in Bangkok makes this company internationally recognized and adored.
Some of the filled doughnuts are made into shapes, including the orange dream (a star), the A-Town cream (an A) and the raspberry filled with dark chocolate frosting (a heart).
If you want to surprise your kids or sweet-toothed Chanukah guests, order some of the doughnut “burgers” filled with homemade ice cream. From butter pecan caramel to white chocolate peach, Cinnamon Toast Crunch to Oreo, these doughnut ice cream sandwiches are real crowd-pleasers.
Note that the North Druid Hills location is certified kosher by the Atlanta Kosher Commission.
- Sarah Donuts (www.facebook.com/SarahDonuts) — Sarah Donuts does not have a website, but it sure does have a loyal fan base. The family that owns Sarah Donuts has been dishing out goodies for over 30 years, including 10 years in the Atlanta suburbs — quite a feat in this competitive restaurant environment.
The signature Sunflower doughnut screams sufganiyot to me. It’s sweet and trendy and brings a light of its own to the Chanukah table. Pick up yours from one of the four locations around town.
- DaVinci’s Donuts (www.davincisdonuts.com) — DaVinci’s has taken over Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Alpharetta. The shops’ fresh-fried doughnut concoctions are smaller than the traditional size but just as delicious.
Unusual flavors of filled doughnuts for your Chanukah celebration include cannoli, tiramisu, and strawberries and cream.
If you’d rather choose your fillings and toppings, DaVinci’s lets you design your own. It’s like Chipotle for doughnuts. Add drizzles, icings and toppings of all varieties for the ultimate sweet treat. Designing your own doughnut is such a blast that it can even double as a gift for the night.
Skye Estroff is the marketing and media manager for Atlanta’s largest food festival, Taste of Atlanta (tasteofatlanta.com). She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia grad and an expert in Atlanta’s best food.