Donutology, Kansas City: The colorful and whimsical donut shop opened its doors in October in the Westport neighborhood in Kansas City, where guests can create their own mini cake donuts in its "laboratory," through tasty scientific experiments with different icings, toppings and drizzles. 816.298.5222, donutology.com
Harold's Doughnuts, Columbia: Two-year-old Harold's Doughnuts filled a much-needed niche in the college town of Columbia, Missouri, serving classics, craft (maple-bacon, white chocolate-red velvet) and rotating creations (peach split, turtle, apple-cider cake), as well as mammoth cinnamon rolls and sweet and savory kolaches. 573.397.6322, haroldsdoughnuts.com
Vincent Van Doughnut, Clayton: Vincent Van Doughnut regularly sells out of its square-cut, yeast-raised donuts in flavors like lemon-lavender, blueberry-cheesecake and maple-bacon, all handmade from scratch. Getting its start as a food truck, it opened a brick and mortar in 2015 in Clayton, Missouri, with a second location opening in the St. Louis area in early 2017. 314.899.9500, vincentvandoughnut.com
Hurt's Donut Co., Springfield: Hurts Donut Co. opened its first location in Springfield, Missouri, serving eclectic donuts all day (and night) in flavors like s'mores, peanut butter cup, cosmic brownie and caramel apple. The masses responded with zeal, prompting subsequent locations to open in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and more. hurtsdonutco.com
Causbie's Bakery, Kennett: A must-stop in the Bootheel, the family-owned shop has been delighting all ages for nearly 70 years with bakery favorites like cream- and jelly-filled donuts, cheese Danishes, thick chocolate-chip icebox cookies and fresh strawberry cake. 573.888.2010
Compiled by Bethany Christo. Photo of Donutology by Anna Petrow, photo of Hurts Donut Co. by Ana Pierce and photo of Vincent Van Doughnut by Cheryl Waller. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.