Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Blueberry Donuts at The Holy Donut, Portland, Maine  Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Blueberry Donuts at The Holy Donut, Portland, Maine Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

Portland, Maine is a wonderful city for spending a weekend. It’s very walkable with plenty of cobblestone streets and little shops that are perfect for wandering through on a lazy Saturday. As we wandered about on a recent visit, we were drawn down one street by the amazing aroma wafting around the corner. The source was The Holy Donut.

Nothing Beats a Fresh Donut

There’s a reason that Homer Simpson starts to drool whenever he sees donuts. It’s because they’re like little individual cakes of fried, sugary, joy. They get pretty icing and they get sprinkles and they make your fingers sticky. They’re simply brilliant inventions.

The Holy Donut had a line stretching out the door when we arrived and the smell, oh baby, there was no amount of willpower that could make me walk past that door without trying some of whatever was baking inside. These aren’t the same old donuts, but very unique as each is made with real Maine Potatoes.

The Holy Donut Portland, Maine Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

The Holy Donut Portland, Maine Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

If that makes you wrinkle your nose, then clearly you’ve never been to The Holy Donut because those potatoes makes these the moistest donuts I’ve ever enjoyed. My husband and I chose a Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Blueberry since that’s about as Maine as you get unless you’re going for lobster.

Maine Potatoes in Every Donut

Both were incredibly flavorful and moist like you wouldn’t believe. The selection was also unique with flavors like Ginger Glazed Sweet Potato, Allen’s coffee Brandy, and Real Mojito all vying for your attention. It was very hard to stick with just the two we tried.

This is the kind of place worth making a special trip to just to pick up some treats, but get there early. We visited the 7 Exchange Street location which is open until 4 PM or 5 PM depending on the day, but when they sell out they close up shop no matter the time.

If you’re looking for a sweet treat in Portland, Maine, then The Holy Donut should be on your list.