From coffee to cupcakes -- beer to bread, the Burlington area has just about every locally-sourced food and beverage you can dream of. But where are the doughnuts!?
It might not look like your typical bake shop, but the Doughnut Dilemma in South Burlington isn't making your typical sweet treats.
"I've always wanted to do things that are creative with doughnuts so we do PBJ, s'mores, cheesecake doughnuts," said Lauren Deitsch. Deitsch and her friend Michelle Cunningham have teamed up to create eclectic doughnuts from their home kitchen. They make cake doughnuts and yeast doughnuts in more than 20 flavors -- which means you have a conundrum.
"We never know what doughnut we want to choose. You go to the shop looking at the case -- you don't have any idea what you want -- it's the dilemma," Deitsch said.
Cunningham came up with the idea. She grew up in a town that had a local doughnut shop and wanted to open one up in Burlington. There was just one problem -- she didn't know how to make them. "I didn't have the know-how to do that, but then when I met Lauren," Cunningham said.
"I have the culinary background and the know how to make it happen," Deitsch added.
So the Doughnut Dilemma was born. That was just over a month ago and already the two are constantly in the kitchen. Four a.m. is when it's time to make the doughnuts each morning. The Doughnut Dilemma delivers around the area or you can pick them up. A dozen costs $19.50 and a half dozen go for $11.25.
"We're making everything from scratch -- all the filings, icing -- all the doughs. Everything is from scratch," Deitsch said.
From seasonal offerings like a special chocolate covered cherry flavor just in time for Valentine's Day, to the cereal of the month doughnut like Lucky Charms, there are new flavor combos constantly in the works. Not good if you have a tough time choosing.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Michelle, I see why this is a dilemma -- because I want to try all of them.
Don't worry -- you can mix and match as many of these Made in Vermont doughnuts as your heart desires.
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