Friday, October 29, 2010

Psycho Donuts, or How One San Jose Donut Shop Reinterprets a Classic Treat

Last weekend I flew to the Bay Area to attend an amazing annual concert called the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View. My mom picked me up at the airport, and instead of going home, we took a little detour.

First, we stopped at the Campbell Library to check the used cookbook rack for hidden treasures. Then we drove to a donut shop. But not just any donut shop. A donut shop that had caution tape posted all over the facade. The sign on the front door said, "Open for insanity." Employees were dressed as nurses.

And then there were the donuts. Donuts with a pumpkin in the center, or even a finger! There was a raised donut dusted in oreo cookies, filled with dark chocolate, and the sides punctured by chocolate pocky sticks. The result? The Eight Legs of Horror (a donut that looks like a black widow!)! I decided on a chocolate cake donut that was covered in crushed butterfinger.

What the heck kind of donut place is this? Is it just gimmicky but not delicious? Nope. It's campy fun and yummy, too. The donuts are not greasy at all, and the cake donut I had was the perfect texture.

I could see picky eaters or traditionalists having a difficult time ordering something since there are hardly any traditional options. Then again, the place was packed when we stopped by, everyone getting their crazy donuts with cereal or candy bars or marshmallows or pretzels on top. It was very bizarre for us. Fun, but bizarre. But for Psycho Donuts, it was just another normal day in the neighborhood.

Highly recommended!

2006 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008
288 S. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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Mom said...

That was a "crazy" detour, wasn't it? I am so glad you didn't mind making a few stops along the way home. And then we convinced you (right after we arrived home)to head to Barefoot Coffee to get some great coffee to go with our variety pack of donuts! Perfect way to start our day!!

USCLOVR said...

aahhh there is a tim lincecum 55 donut!!! love it!!!

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