Few food categories are as well-loved in America as desserts and pastries. In fact, these sweet treats are so engrained in our culture that you may be hard-pressed to find a social event that doesn't include some sort of sweet, sticky, gooey goodness, which translates to an average consumption of 66 pounds of sugar per American, per year, according to the University of California in San Francisco.
Though cakes and cookies are all well and good, one of the most popular of all sweets is the donut. Dating back to the mid-19th century, donuts were originally Dutch desserts known as "oil cakes." Over time, these primitive pastries were perfected when in 1847 Hansen Gregory, an American ship captain, hollowed out the center of the dough. Since then donuts have become a favorite for offices, school, holiday celebrations and more.
Northwest Denver is home to many fine restaurants, all with varying flavors and specialties. And whether you're simply visiting for the week or walking around your hometown, here are 15 mighty independent donut shops in Denver worth trying.
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1553 Platte St., Denver, CO 80202
Though it may not be necessarily healthy to make a routine out of visiting Habit, this donut shop always has fun and tasty takes on donut flavors.
601 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
Lil D's offers deliciously delightful donuts in mini sizes, which are perfect for sharing ... or not.
1030 E. 22nd Ave., Denver, CO 80205
Offering more than just donuts, Beet Box may be one of the few spots where vegans can go to enjoy a decadent donut.
3490 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
Beer, coffee, donuts, you name it. Hotbox is your go-to spot for a relaxing drink or a gooey bite.
4965 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80221
Quaint and cozy, this donut house never skimps on the sweet.
321 E. 45th Ave., Denver, CO 80205
The Long I Pie Shop is a great resource for your sweet tooth. Creating custom cakes and pies may be their specialty, but one bite of a homemade donut will make you a lifelong believer.
2636 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Baking fresh Mexican pastries on a daily basis, Rosales is a great spot to grab a freshly baked donut.
1520 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218
Give Voodoo Doughnut a chance to work their magic. Fun flavors -- like Cap'n Crunch and Maple Bacon -- will have you eager to come back.
4918 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220
City Donuts is a perfect place to meet a friend for coffee or tea and a handmade donut.
6603 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO 80224
This local spot is a great place to fall in love with your new favorite donut flavor.
990 W. Sixth Ave., Denver, CO 80204
If you haven't tried LaMar's, you're missing out on a whole lot of sweet and gooey donuts.
5771 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216
Nothing goes better with good customer service than great donuts. Luckily, you'll get two-in-one at Sugar Rush.
4701 Peoria St., Denver, CO 80239
Marty's may have an unassuming exterior, but the interior of their donuts will quickly win over your taste buds and your heart.