When Duck Donuts opened in Cary late last year, my husband was quick to bring home a few for us to try.
We're all hooked.
We've now been to the Cary shop several times, along with a visit to the Corolla, N.C., store earlier this year during an Outer Banks beach vacation (where the line was out the door one early weekday morning). The business is quickly building locations up the East Coat with new or future locations in Virginia and New Jersey.
Here's what I can say about Duck Donuts: These are substantial, moist, delicious donuts. Unlike some other donut places where I'm a little hungry after a single donut, one is plenty for me. (They weigh in at about 310 calories, according to the website). They come out hot with the gooey toppings oozing off them.
Here's what makes this place fun for kids: They are made to order. You get a traditional cake donut, which you can then top with your choice of powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar or icings and toppings.
So you could pick chocolate icing with rainbow sprinkles. Maple icing with bacon sprinkles. Strawberry icing with chocolate sprinkles. Or, my favorite, lemon icing with coconut. Or any combination of any of those and other icings and toppings.
The Cary shop is small with a handful of tables. You could eat there or take them to eat at any number of nearby parks, including MacDonald Woods Park. The shop also sells duck-related paraphernalia, including little rubber duckies. At $1.29 per donut, this is a fun, cheap breakfast or snack.
Cary's Duck Donuts is at 100 Wrenn Dr. off Kildaire Farm Road. It opens daily at 6 a.m.