The Best Cider Doughnuts in Mystic

Fall is all about admiring the beauty of nature… However, we also like to think it’s all about devouring some tasty treats! Autumn is a special time for sweet tooth lovers because you can only score limited edition desserts once a year. That’s right, we’re talking cider doughnuts!

Mystic is full of iconic places that serve up these mouth-watering delicacies. But you don’t have to do the work to search for them. We’ve compiled some of the can’t-miss hot spots when you experience the magic of a quintessential New England autumn. Read on to discover where to grab these melt-in-your-mouth sweets.

Young Buns

Apple Cider Doughnuts at Young Bun's
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You don’t have to stray too far for this first leg of your journey! Just over the bridge, Young Buns is a great place to start your doughnut crawl. The YBD team makes traditional, delicious, doughnuts every day from scratch.

Each doughnut is hand cut and hand dipped with the baking process beginning bright and early at 3 am. You’ll find a daily set menu of nine traditional flavors.  They’ll also have a handful of rotating seasonal flavors to test out each month.

Name sound familiar? This locally owned doughnut shop is brought to you by the family and team behind Sift Bake Shop. This crowd-pleasing bakery is spearheaded by the talented Adam Young. Hence, the name!  He was awarded the title of “Best Baker In America” by Food Network. It’s easy to see why when you take a bite of these delectable baked goods!

Deviant Doughnuts


Cider Doughnuts from Deviant Doughnuts
Photo Sourced from Deviant Donuts

Deviant Craft Coffee & Donuts is located in the Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, CT. The team makes everything by hand – from each filling to the glazes, all the way up to every garnish. They also often host themed weeks including Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Superheroes, Disney, and more!

If you’re part of a fandom, you’re sure to find a doughnut decadently decorated to match. They often sell out, so be sure to hop in line early! While fueled on sugar, browse through the dozens of unique stores in Olde Mistick Village. Get a jumpstart on Christmas shopping or treat yourself to something new while on vacation.

Nana’s Bakery & Pizza

cider doughnuts stacked on each other
Photo Sourced from Nana’s Bakery and Pizza

Nana’s Bakery and Pizza bakes their bread and pastries fresh daily. The process includes a  long, slow overnight cold fermentation that develops the flavor and improves nutrition.

Using the fantastic mold kōji , grown by their sister company Moromi Shoyu, Nana’s leverages flavor and amplifies umami in their pizzas, drinks and baked goods. Recent press has touted, “The doughnuts taste like melting cumulus clouds”-Esquire. See for yourself and try out these unique treats!

Clyde’s Cider Mill

Step into the past to enhance the historical New England vibe this fall. Clyde’s Cider Mill is the oldest operating steam-powered cider mill in the U.S. Many visitors flock cider doughnut on top of ciderto Mystic in droves for this high-profile site. At Clyde’s, you can travel to the past and watch their steam-powered press in action.

In their store, they offer fresh-pressed cider, renowned cider doughnuts, and many local and handmade goods. Grab some honey from a local beekeeper, or enjoy caramel apples made by a member of their family.

Adults can also enjoy their hard cider slushies and wine tastings. It’s a fan favorite and a great way to experience fall!

Start planning your autumn getaway with The Whaler’s Inn team today: 860-536-1506.