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There are four outdoor tables if you can't wait to get your doughnuts home and don't want to sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over your clothes and your car.
See my earlier reviews (August 12, 2021; September 4, 2020; and June 14, 2018) for more details.
At last -- we could finally shop inside the store -- and we went totally doughnut-crazy. Our eyes were WAY bigger than our stomachs.
And that's how I found out how well all the doughnuts freeze -- especially the fancy doughnuts (coffee rolls, cinnamon buns,...apple fritters, sugar and cinnamon twists). I froze them individually on trays, and then bagged them in zipper freezer bags, pressing out as much air as possible. When we wanted one to eat, we simply microwaved it for a few seconds. They tasted freshly made when stored this way. I've been told they will keep for two months, but we raided the freezer much sooner than that.
See my earlier reviews (June 14, 2018 and September 4, 2020) for more details.More
Although they didn't start it, there's a clear winner in the Donut Wars. And that winner is Country Donuts of Crystal Lake, IL. There's not much that gets The Amish Texter out of his Huntley farmhouse and into his buggy on a Sunday night, but...a donut run to this superior establishment does it.
From the uber friendly young staff, to Bismarks that will make JFK proclaim he is in fact a jelly doughnut, to sprinkles on your caked doughnut (only for winners), to the most delectable and anticipated holiday of the year, Pączki Day, Country Donuts is a treasured institution to be enjoyed and revered.More
I read about the best donuts in each state and Country Donuts was listed for Illinois so I just had to go there. I was SO happy I did. I've had cider donuts before but the one I had at Country Donuts was so light,...fluffy and tasty it beats all the others hands-down. If I had visited on a weekend, I would have tried the cinnamon rolls but then I would not know how good the cider donuts are - that would have been a loss. I called my order in on the phone and a very nice, pleasant young lady brought out my donut and coffee. I perfect start to my day. When I get back to Crystal Lake, I will definitely make a stop at Country Donuts.More
Utilize the drive-thru or take advantage of the curbside delivery service -- 24 hours a day. You will not be allowed inside as long as the COVID restrictions are in place, so call ahead. If you're already in the car when the Country Donut snack...attack occurs -- and you don't already have them on speed dial -- just drive on over. Two phone numbers are clearly posted in the front window.
Good news (in no particular order):
#1 Note the Travelers Choice 2020 logo on the photos above. This award is based on reviews and means that Country Donuts is in the top 10% of business listings worldwide.
#2 It is apple cider doughnut and maple long john season.More
Available only Friday - Sunday, the Country Donuts cinnamon bun is a masterpiece. The roll itself is exquisitely soft, and the whole thing melts in your mouth. It's so good, I've had to set rules to limit my visits. Except perhaps if you're a diabetic,...this is one pleasure you must not deny yourself.More
We use to LOVE their donuts, and I keep hoping that they will return to their previous standards. Sadly, my last couple of visits to the Crystal Lake location, the donuts had a lingering oily after taste. I truly hope that they rectify this issue!