In a state where Dunkin’ Donuts, Inc. sponsors just about everything under the New England sun, an independent doughnut store is something quite special. This holds true for Donut Dip, a small Springfield-based shop that touts 49 different varieties of America’s preferred pastry. This two-store company is also the exclusive maker of apple cider donuts for Applebrook Farm in Broad Brook, Connecticut, which are the finest we’ve ever eaten: their crunchy, cracked exteriors are bursting with cinnamon-y apple flavor. The Dip’s cake varieties are exemplary: the seasonal pumpkin; the tangy sour creme; the classic sweet essence of the plain, unadorned old-fashioned (here dubbed “home cut”); and the dark cocoa brilliance of the chocolate devil’s-food cake.
As for the raised selections, the Donut Dip scores high. Their hand-cut glazed has a thin blanket of sugary glaze that complements the yeasty, airy insides. The sugar-raised is mouth-watering with sugar granules clinging effortlessly to its fried skin. The French cruller—an exemplar in its category—has long ridges of light crust with an eggy, custard-like taste.
Donut Dip’s ample stools and double-horseshoe counters, usually replete with shop regulars, are inviting to those looking for fresh coffee, conversation, and a plateful of Western Massachusetts’ best donuts. Donut Dip’s second store is located at 1305 Riverside Street in West Springfield. Every take-out box has this witty quote printed on the side: “What foods these morsels be!”, an obvious adaptation of Puck’s famous line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and used in various cookbooks, food guides, etc.
As an FYI addendum to Chris & Amy’s review, from Donut Dip itself:
“Our store at 1305 Riverdale Road, West Springfield, MA 01089, is our original store where all of our production is done every morning (you can see into our kitchen and the work our staff does is very impressive). Our East Longmeadow store has been there for over 53 years, but our West Springfield store is our “headquarters” est. 1957. Our West Springfield store is also very convenient for travelers because it is located on RTE 5 N, just off of I-91, exit 13-A and I-90, exit 4.