Stan's Donuts

I’ve decided that I am on a quest to find America’s best donut.

I consider myself to be a donut connoisseur of sorts.

Whatever that means.

I like donuts, alright?


On our way down to San Diego last month, we detoured through Los Angeles specifically so I could make a stop at the fabled Stan’s Donuts in Westwood Village. It is the home of the OFFICIAL “Simpsons” donut. As in, there is no other donut shop authorized to call it that. Apparently these donuts were overnighted to every Fox subsidiary station around the country to celebrate The Simpsons anniversary.



I originally saw this shop on California’s Gold with Huell Howser, celebrating National Donut Day (the first Friday in June).

I have to share with you what I learned on the episode about National Donut Day:


The first National Doughnut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “doughnut lassies” who helped make the doughnut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers.  Among those honored were Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance who came up with the idea of frying doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets near the front lines as a quick treat. The doughnuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.”. Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.” {source}


These brave women- Salvation Army volunteers- were on or near the front lines providing the comforts of home for the soldiers. Doughnuts, pie and coffee. They would use whatever means they had available.

That is inspiring.


Get the original Lassie doughnut recipe here.



So we drove through the heart of LA.

Consider this my own personal battlefield.

Because that is how much I loathe dislike Los Angeles.




I was with my two favorite people.


We were on our way to get donuts.

LA? What LA?



Finally here!

Happy to stretch our legs.



And, the heavens parted, and a spotlight shone down on the building.



The shop was much smaller than anticipated.

It shared space with a fast food counter.

I’m not talking just shared a building with separate entrances.

No. You walk in the same door and choose your counter.

Mexican food. Or donuts.

No big deal. I like both. 😉



The ceiling parted and a spotlight from heaven shone down on the case.



“I’ll take 12 dozen”.

“Ma’am, that will be 144 donuts.”

“I have a big appetite.”



That’s what I felt like as I carried away my two boxes.

My favorite saying:

“Good things come in pink boxes”.

And all of the donut shop people said, “Amen”.


We had to try the “Huell Howser” Reeses donut.

It is a peanut butter filled donut, with chocolate icing and chocolate chips.



It was good.

I imagine that it would be even better when it comes out warm.

Then there was a cinnamon roll-like donut in the shape of a pretzel.



It was GREAT.

I imagine it would be accompanied by angels singing when it comes out warm.


There was Jon’s cinnamon roll covered in chocolate with chocolate chips.


“This is the delight of my life.” -Jon


And then we got a bakers dozen of assorted donuts.


I was so sad that they didn’t have “The Simpsons” donut when we got there.

But I am pretty sure it would have tasted the same as these, just different colors.

But that is just my amateur assumption.

We gathered our delicious loot and headed back on the road.

Back through downtown LA.

In case you have this glamourous impression of Los Angeles… here is your reality check:


That’s the skyline.

Behind all of that traffic.

And that smoggy haze.

And this is pretty much what it always looks like.



I’ll take me some Dallas over LA any ol’ day.

Or Austin. San Antonio. San Diego. Boston. New York.

Ok. You get the idea.

I’m not a fan. 😉

Layla agreed.

Luckily she had plenty of friends to entertain her.

Her and Mr. Duck…



Her and Miss Glo Worm…



Rufus the elephant joined in, too…



“Are we there yet?” -Layla


That’s what I said.

But I kept my sanity with a box of Stan’s donuts in my lap.

The verdict:

Definitely worth a visit.

We won’t hold the LA part against them.


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