The young man at the Hurts Donut counter in Springfield, Missouri, told us, “When they first started, people were like, people aren’t gonna wait out in a line for a donut.” Yet, two days before our visit, a Sunday morning, there was a line out the door for four hours. What’s all the hype over donuts? One look in the donut cases will tell you. Hurts donuts are the wackiest, most over-the-top donuts I have ever eaten.
Hurts donuts go way beyond the usual glazed or frosting with sprinkles. They do offer those, but others are crazy varieties. Donuts in the Cereal Killer series are frosted and topped with Froot Loops, Honey Smacks and other sugary breakfast cereals you loved as a kid.
You’re more of a candy eater? How about crushed Twix bars, Andes mints or peanut butter cups topping your donut? A Guinness donut is filled with Irish cream, and other donuts are filled with Nutella or peanut butter and jelly.
Our choices? I went for a real breakfast treat and the local favorite: the Maple Bacon Me Crazy. I thought no way would I be able to finish the long john topped with maple frosting and loaded with crumbled bacon since I had already eaten breakfast, yet I couldn’t stop eating it. Skip went for the Nutella-filled donut, another top-seller.
The fun doesn’t end with the donuts but extends to the name itself and even the restrooms. The name, Hurts Donut, comes from a silly joke. You ask someone if they want a Hurts Donut. If they say yes, you punch them on the arm and say, “Hurts, don’t it.” As for the restrooms, well, the graphics on the restroom doors indicate which one to use.
Owners Tim and Kass Clegg never made a donut until the day their store opened. They learned how to make them from watching YouTube videos but couldn’t try it for themselves until their machinery was inspected. They’ve come a long way in two years, extending to Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and a second Springfield location.
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Hurts Donut, located at 320 Park Central West, in downtown Springfield, Missouri, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Plenty of seating is available for those who want to stay awhile, and Hurts Donut sometimes provides entertainment in the evening, including open mic nights.
We stayed at the new Hotel Vandivort, a new boutique hotel in downtown Springfield. Click here for rates at the Hotel Vandivort and other Springfield hotels..
Disclosure: Our visit to Hurts Donut was hosted by the Springfield Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau, but any opinions expressed in this post are my own. Photos by Skip Reed and Connie Reed.
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