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Dancing, dirty and deluxe

You doughnut want to miss this

By Brianna Kudisch | Echo

Taylor students take doughnuts as seriously as they take their theology. Ranging from locations only 20 minutes away (if speed limits count as suggestions) to about an hour away in Indianapolis, these specialty shops differ in variety, price and atmosphere, but all remain committed to serving the some of the best doughnuts around.

Dirty Dan’s

Opening conveniently at 1 a.m., the only place to satisfy that notorious late-night doughnut craving is Dirty Dan’s in Kokomo. The line to get in may mean a 45 minute wait and may stretch around the block . . . for real. Interesting people never fail to show up, introducing Taylor students to the committed members of the doughnut community. You can purchase a dozen doughnuts for $7, and even get a doughnut on a stick. With a huge clear glass counter that can tempt even the healthiest of students, Dirty Dan’s, officially known as Dan’s Variety Bakery, is the perfect place to go for the (very) early morning doughnuts. It’s all about the experience.

Deluxe Donuts

Deluxe Donuts, located in Anderson, is the classic spot for doughnut runs with your wing. The vintage look gives the interior a homey feel, and the doughnuts keep people coming back. Infamous for the “dutch crunch,” a doughnut covered in a sweet crumb topping, the original flavors and cheap prices—a discount for students—keep the late-night college crowd consistently satisfied. Deluxe also provides comfortable seating, inviting guests to stay a while.


If you’re looking for a little more variety to add to your sugar high, while also searching for incredibly delicious doughnuts, Concannon’s Bakery in Muncie is the place to go. In addition to their doughnuts, they sell a wide selection of bakery items such as cakes, cookies and pastries. Concannon’s seating is also large enough for a big group, and with the nicely decorated interior, you’ll want to stay awhile.

Square Donuts

Based in Indianapolis, Square Donuts is worth the drive if you’re a fan of the unusual. This specialty shop boasts quadrilateral doughnuts, making it the perfect place to go to with your favorite math major. Their doughnuts are delightful, and at 90 cents a pop, they’re a poor college student’s dream.

The Dancing Donut

Another Indy gem, this place attracts all types of people looking for a great doughnut. From the turquoise counter to the chalkboard menu with hand-lettering, Dancing Donuts is every hipster’s ideal Instagram location. In addition to the cute interior, they have creative names for each delectable doughnut, such as the “Kevin Bacon” and “John Dough.”

Rocket 88 Doughnuts

Located in Fountain Square in downtown Indy, this doughnut haven offers multiple flavors, including vegan options. From dark chocolate bacon to earl grey vanilla, Rocket 88’s extensive menu makes this spot a winner. As a gourmet doughnut place, Rocket 88 is slightly more expensive than the others, with prices at $1.50 to $2.50 per doughnut. But the inside is trendy, warm and inviting—making it the perfect place to grab a doughnut and a cup of coffee in the city.

Keep the doughnut-run tradition fresh by exploring all the options. There are endless places to choose from. The shops may differ in flavors and vibes, but one thing remains the same: delicious doughnuts.

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