Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, Michael and Nicole Borrell began reviewing Lebanon Valley’s restaurants and eating attractions as the Lebanon Valley Food Critics. Since then, the couple has aimed to offer unbiased reviews of the eating and drinking establishments the Lebanon Valley has to offer. LebTown is pleased to be partnering with LVFC to share these reviews with our readers. Bon appétit!

I posed the question to our followers and the response was overwhelming: Where can I find the best doughnut in the Lebanon Valley? Thank you to all who offered suggestions and responses.

We are going to run a mini-series, The Doughnut Wars, where we will attempt to find the best doughnut in the region. We will try a vast selection from each location and pick our top three. At the end, we will write a Lebanon Valley Top 5 Best Doughnut in the Valley list.

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This week, we ventured all the way over to the east end of the county. Located on Route 422, east of Myerstown, Dutch-Way is a local grocery store that makes its own doughnuts.

Read More: While chains gobble up local grocers, Dutch-Way remains resilient

Dutch-Way

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Address
649 East Lincoln Ave.
Myerstown, PA 17067

Phone: 717-866-5758

Website
https://www.dutchwayfarmmarket.com/

Hours
Mon: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tue: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thu: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Like any grocery store, you pick your own doughnut out of the case. The cost for these doughnuts is $0.89 each or $10.68 for a dozen.

The case of doughnuts.
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Today, we picked a baker’s dozen of cream filled, chocolate peanut butter filled, blueberry filled, apple raspberry filled, cherry filled, apricot filled, glazed pretzel, glazed ring, toasted coconut custard filled, cinnamon swirl, raisin, peanut butter filled, and glazed croissant.

The baker’s dozen.

The doughnuts themselves are a good, honest size and give the impression that the filled doughnuts are fully filled. We found that to be true with one exception: the blueberry filled, which is a shame because we really liked that one.

The next thing we noticed is these doughnuts get messy. Once the first bite happens, you get powdered sugar and filling all over the place – even the glaze left a mess.

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The cream filling has its own unique taste. It was my first time tasting cream filling. It grew on me, and I became a fan.

Dutch-Way offers a variety of doughnut flavors that you don’t often find at other places. We applaud the way they stand out in this respect.

As always, we love to have our doughnuts with a great cup of coffee. And for that, we use Cleona Coffee Roasters. It pairs well with these breakfast treats.

The Cleona Coffee Roasters Crazy Eights Blend dark roast.
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The LVFC Top Three

3: Toasted coconut custard filled – I’m not a coconut fan, but the contrasting tastes and textures got this treat in the top three.

The toasted coconut custard filled doughnut.

2: Raisin – It isn’t often you find this doughnut out in the wild. Raisins mixed within a cinnamon swirl are very good.

The raisin doughnut.

1: Chocolate peanut butter filled – A nice subtle peanut butter flavor. You can have it powdered or chocolate iced. Chocolate iced is the correct choice here.

The chocolate peanut butter filled doughnut.

Honorable Mention: blueberry filled, cream filled, glazed croissant.

Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments.

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If you have a favorite doughnut or shop that you would like to be considered for Doughnut Wars, please message or email us and let us know. We thank everyone for the recommendations and the kind words we have received.


If you have a restaurant you would like us to visit or review, whether a place you like or are nervous to try, please message us on Facebook or email lvfoodcritics@outlook.com and let us know.