Customers going hog wild over bacon doughnut

Dylan Young, counter sales assistant at Daylight Donuts, dives into a maple-glazed bacon doughnut Monday morning. The doughnut is turning out to be one of the most popular items on the menu.

Mmmmm … bacon …

Few can resist the smell, let alone the salty rich flavor of salted pork, whether wedged between two thick slices of tomato on bread or swimming in syrup next to a pile of pancakes.

Everything is better with bacon, it seems, even doughnuts.

The maple-glazed bacon doughnut is flying out of the display case at the newly opened, Daylight Donuts.

“We’re cooking about four pounds of bacon and we’re selling out by noon seven days a week,” said Tad Ritter, co-owner of both Daylight Donut locations, 1410 North Ave. and 230 E. Lynwood St. on Orchard Mesa.

Ritter saw a similar doughnut creation several years ago on a cooking channel and remembered thinking it looked pretty good.

He decided to add bacon to the maple-glazed doughnuts to see if people liked it.

Although many customers were skeptical at first, the doughnut is now one of the store’s best-sellers. More than 60 bacon doughnuts are being sold per day.

“We’re starting to sell a dozen at a time,” Ritter said.

Some customers are even taking it up a notch by asking for white or Bavarian crème filling.

Dylan Young, counter sales assistant, think they are delicious. “It’s one of my favorites,” he said.

“I don’t know. Sugar and bacon just doesn’t really do it for me,” said Ceola McDonough, while enjoying a cinnamon twist instead.

Daylight Donuts has been open for three weeks and is receiving rave reviews from customers who are coming back, almost daily, for more.

“The coffee is great and the donuts are even better,” said Stephen Wilkerson. He said he had been to the bakery three times in the past two weeks. He hasn’t tried the bacon doughnut, yet, he said.

Ritter previously owned the Rent-To-Own store at the same location. He and other family members had been researching the doughnut business for more than five years before deciding to become bakers.

“We’d never done anything like this before,” Ritter said. But, he thought Daylight Donuts would be a good fit for Grand Junction. “We didn’t really have a place like this,” he said.

Other flavors gaining popularity include the pink-frosted cake doughnuts sprinkled with Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles cereal, doughnut “men,” Valentine hearts, and the traditional glazed.



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