March 2016 Update: I am very sad to say that the quality of doughnuts being offered at Voodoo Doughnuts has really gone down. They have not only scaled down on the size of all their doughnuts, but they are now skipping corners by completely leaving cream filling out or by selling day-old doughnuts at full price.
Move over Krispy Kreme. There is a new Doughnut King in town!
Voodoo Doughnuts from Portland, Oregon has brought their sugary magic-filled doughnuts to Taipei. The shop has been open for about a month and a half for its soft opening in preparation for their grand opening event on July 18, 2015. It’s their first store to open in Asia.
As luck would have it, my friends Dean and Hedway live near Voodoo Doughnuts. Hedway spotted their soft opening event while driving by on his scooter one day. He was one of the very first to walk away with a pack of doughnuts during their soft opening in late May. He showed up at dinner that night with a full candy cotton pink box for us to dine on.
I was hooked from the very first bite of their delicious maple bacon doughnut.
When we heard about the Voodoo Doughnuts Taipei Grand Opening event on July 18th, we knew we had to go. There was already a small line-up when we arrived at 2:30pm that day. We were handed a Voodoo Doughnut sticker with the number 21 on the back of it.
We waited in line in the hot sun for over an hour to go inside and nab our boxes of sugar. The owners, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, were both there greeting their fans. Once we placed our order, we found out the numbered sticker we were given was for a draw. We won a Voodoo Doughnut coffee mug and they gave us a bunch of stickers, plus we got to pose with Kenneth and Tres. It was a pretty cool experience, overall. Their story is so interesting, and I sincerely hope that they do well here in Taipei.
The Magic is in the Hole
Everything about this outfit is slick from the doughnuts right down to the pretty pink packaging. The shop is cotton candy pink, just like their signature packaging, and they have a massive hand drawn chalkboard that lists 35 flavors of doughnuts at the front of the shop. The walls and displays are filled with VD paraphernalia. I thought the stained glass windows of Kenneth and Tres were brilliant.
You can see the stained glass in the image above. Kenneth is on the left. Tres is on the right.
Mad props to Kenneth, by the way, for wearing a full suit in the middle of July in Taipei. Dude… Dude!
Kenneth and Tres came up with the concept of voodoo doughnuts while they were looking for something to fit in with Portland’s unique business community. They flew to Pico Rivera, California to learn the art of doughnut making. Once they had their shop set up, they flew some “Voodoo Oil” in from down south, and soon enough their doughnuts were flying out the doors. Their doughnut mastery can be seen on those pretty pick boxes that they pack their sweet treats into.
Voodoo Doughnuts is known for their signature flavors and strangely-shaped doughnuts. Their namesake doughnut is a voodoo doll called The Captain, My Captain with Cap’n Crunch cereal. The Taipei shop also has some racy flavors like their giant Cock and Balls doughnut.
I tried their Triple Chocolate Penetration Doughnut that day, but my absolute favorite is their Bacon Maple doughnut smothered in maple cream and then topped with two pieces of nice crispy bacon. I didn’t see the lemon custard cream filled doughnut that I tried at their soft opening though. I would definitely go back for that one too.
Anyways, Hungry Girl in Taipei can give you a full breakdown of what’s on the menu with her post about Voodoo Doughnuts here.
Voodoo Doughnuts Taipei is one of 12 to 20 planned stores for Asia. It’s their flagship store in Asia, and they have plans to open up shop in Tokyo later this year. As for me, I’ve found my go-to doughnut shop in Taipei.