The Delicious Magic of Portland’s VooDoo Doughnuts

voodoo doughnutsOn my flight home from Portland Oregon, I carried a big pink box on my lap. Instantly, I was the most popular passenger on the flight.

The people of Portland know that good things come in big pink boxes.

The pink box was filled with VooDoo Doughnuts, the weirdest doughnuts ever consumed on the planet. People who knew I was going to Portland told me I had to visit VooDoo Doughnuts. As soon as I checked in my hotel room, I could see people standing in line IN THE RAIN in the street outside my fourth floor window of the Embassy Suites at 3rd and Pine.

Portland DonughtsThe Embassy Suites, a cool hotel in its own right, advertises a VooDoo Doughnut package where they have an employee stand in line and have your pink box waiting at check in. In the wee hours of the morning, I awoke and checked outside. Three a.m. and people were standing outside, queued up like they were waiting for tickets to the last Beatles concert.

One morning while riding in the hotel elevator, I talked with a father and young son who had stood in line 90 minutes for their pink box of goodies.

Finally,on my last night in Portland, on a Sunday evening, just before going to bed about 11 p.m., I looked out my window.  NO LINE.

Experiencing VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland 

Portland donutsI pulled on my jeans and headed down the street for some voodoo magic.

The line inside was about 30 minutes long, but I was entertained by the pink walls and unusual display of merchandise and people. I had no need for pink VooDoo underpants, so I just focused on the revolving display of doughnuts. With three cashiers working simultaneously, soon it was my turn. I told the woman to surprise me with whatever half dozen she thought most interesting. That surprise cost $15.

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The signature Voodoo Doughnut, with a pretzel stuck through the heart and oozing with raspberry jelly.

As I departed PDX the next day, I had a fan club, smiling with approval as I worked my way through security and onto my flight with my pink box. Finally, back at home, my efforts were rewarded as I shared the box with my husband and son.

VooDoo Doughnuts are now sold in Denver, Austin, Taipei and lots of other places, but you never forget your first.

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Crushed Oreo cookies and bubble gum doughnuts – some of the fun flavors at VooDoo Doughnuts.











4 thoughts on “The Delicious Magic of Portland’s VooDoo Doughnuts

  1. Nicholete

    I want to take these home to all my friends in Phoenix to take, but I didn’t think you could take food through security? They let you?

    1. Diana Lambdin Meyer Post author

      Yes, I carried a box home through airport security and have seen others do so. It’s liquids that become the problem. Enjoy!

  2. Jennifer

    We stopped through PDX yesterday. It was our first time there. We saw three people with the pink boxes and someone was talking to a gentleman with one of the boxes. We had never heard of them before but everyone was giving them the nods and smiles you mentioned. I did a Google search and found your article. Thanks so much for this! We hope to get some on our way back through.

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