June 5 is National Donut Day.

5 Dallas destinations for National Donut Day

With Friday being National Donut Day, Elephant has taken the opportunity to compile a list of our favorite Dallas donut shops.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love the sugary confections that society has been eating for generations, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that the first commercial donut machine came to the United States, thanks to the ingenuity of inventor Adolph Levitt. Introduced at the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago, it wouldn’t be long before the country was dotted with donut eateries, like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts – two franchises that came to be in the 1950s and are still thriving today.

From small businesses to franchises, more than 60 years later, there’s now a vast array of donut shops to choose from. And Texas is most definitely a state with a treasure trove of bakeries pumping out tasty pastries of sweetened, confectionery goodness.

Here are five donut shops in Dallas that you need to visit while you’re in the Big D:

Hypnotic Donuts

Appropriately named, this donut shop located on Garland Road will put you into a trance after your first bite. The selections are more than simple chocolate, plain, or glazed, as you’ll find when scanning the menu. The “Zoo Ropa,” for instance, is lined with animal cookies, while the “Breaking Bad” is dipped in chocolate and coated with salted caramel icing.

Mojo Donuts

Another bakery with selections that are off the beaten path is Mojo Donuts, located on Lemmon Avenue. The Florida-based franchise boasts that its confections are all created from scratch and come in flavor sensations that satisfy every sweet tooth, like the more conventional lemon poppyseed, to the more adventurous, like the Froot Loop coated variety. There are other cereal-coated donuts there as well, so you won’t have to miss out on a bowl for your next “breakfast of champions.”

Mustang Donuts

Students at Southern Methodist University are packing up after another school season, but you can bet they’ll be stopping by Mustang Donuts before they leave the campus for the summer. Located at Hillcrest Avenue, which is just down the street from SMU, crowd pleasers include the “legendary” apple fritter, bear claw, and fried dough. In other words, Mustang Donuts offers much more than ring-shaped cakes.

Lone Star Donuts

If you’re in the Lone Star State, then you better go to the donut shop that bears its name. On North Beckley Avenue, Lone Star Donuts has been baking up warm, crisp offerings since the 1950s. Frequenters to the shop say that the maple bacon donut – which sells for a mere 85 cents – is a diner’s delight.

Yummy Donuts

If you could sum up donuts in one word, “yummy” probably says it all. The appropriately titled donut shop – Yummy Donuts – is located at University Park and decked out in candy cane pink and white, so you won’t have any problem spotting it. Varieties of donut include the green tea donut, dulche de leche, and red velvet.

Wherever you are this Friday, make sure one of these donut destinations is on your itinerary.