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Psycho Donuts, San Jose CA

what an assortment

what an assortment

When hit with a sugar craving, there aren’t many places that can satisfy like Psycho Donuts.  We drove to San Jose to see for ourselves why this place has gotten so much hype from various media outlets, and as an “asylum for wayward donuts,” the sights were lavishly psychotic.  Over thirty types of topping combinations on different styles of donuts are enough to stupefy even a donut fanatic into analysis paralysis, so we picked the sixteen most extravagant to photograph and share.

the d'oh-nut

the d’oh-nut

An homage to America’s favorite yellow father figure, this D’oh-Nut had an ample smear of strawberry icing topped with giant confetti sprinkles.  It looks very similar to the spinning donut on EA’s Tapped Out.

doh-nilla

doh-nilla

Doh-Nilla is vanilla on vanilla – vanilla icing with Nilla wafers.  The chocolate zebra stripe offset the near vanilla overload, but if you love vanilla more than anything, then have at it.

sticky monkey

sticky monkey

Is it a meadow muffin?  Is it a zombie brain?  No, it’s Sticky Monkey, a gigantic mass inspired by Bananas Fosters with salted caramel.  There was a plate under there, really, but it was just that big.

fung shui

fung shui

The flavor combination in Fung Shui put it at the top of August’s list.  Green tea icing with dark chocolate chips and vanilla drizzle were nicely balanced on this bar.

nutella the hun

nutella the hun

For Nutella the Hun, a chocolate donut was dressed with Nutella and sprinkles.  The chocolate flavor is stronger than the hazelnut, but hazelnut lovers will taste it and enjoy it.

'mellow submarine

‘mellow submarine

Instead of frosting, ‘Mellow Submarine was an old-fashioned donut coated in marshmallow fluff.  Adding rice cereal and chocolate stripes got us feeling nostalgic for rice crispy treats.

s'mores

s’mores

Also with marshmallow fluff, the S’mores donut was loaded with a layer of chocolate under the fluff, chunks and crumbles of graham crackers, and chocolate dribbles.  Powdered sugar made this just a little messy in a funny way, kind of like how real s’mores are messy in their own right.

the gay bar

the gay bar

We didn’t know that San Jose has its own Pride celebrations until learning about them here, via the Gay Bar.  With Froot Loops, no less, the textures and flavors can turn anyone gay happy.

cereal killer

cereal killer

Like the ‘Mellow Submarine and the Gay Bar, the Cereal Killer was murderously smothered in cereal.  Cap’n Crunchberries, vanilla icing, and piped red frosting are the toppings for what’s billed as a “Psycho favorite.”

strawberry margarita

strawberry margarita

The Strawberry Margarita had the same frosting as Homer’s D’oh-Nut, but far from holey, this was filled with custard.  We debated if real strawberries were used in the frosting, for it was that intensely fruity.

marla

marla

If peanut butter is your thing, look up Marla and she’ll help you.  A maple bar with Butterfinger crumbles and a creamy peanut butter squiggle, this was unconventionally rich.

canadian morning squeal meal

canadian morning squeal meal

Even richer was the Canadian Morning Squeal Meal, a tangy buttermilk tribute bar to our neighbors in the North.  Maple icing, bacon bits, and squirts of chocolate looked similar to twice-baked potato toppings, and on this peculiarly-shaped bar, they could make some do a double-take to wonder if this is a sweet or savory item.

dead elvis

dead elvis

Peanut butter, like cereal, is a prolific ingredient at Psycho Donuts, as seen on this donut made in honor of the great King.  The Dead Elvis was filled with custard then garnished with freeze-dried bananas, bacon, creamy peanut butter, and very gel-like jelly.

bananarama

bananarama

Another custard-filled creation was Bananarama, covered in chocolate and freeze-dried bananas.  This was a clever take on the classic Boston Cream Pie.

kooky monster

kooky monster

Sure to please the kid in everyone, Kooky Monster combined one of our favorite cookies with piles of vanilla icing.  There’s a smaller version called the Lil Kooky, but we met some people with whom to share our spoils so we needed the big one for everyone to get a bite.

crazy face

crazy face

The most whimsical was Crazy Face, a donut sculpture with maple glaze, a bit of custard, and a chocolate smile.  He might look a little manic, but that’s because he knows he’s about to get devoured by members of the San Jose Parkour Team.

Psycho Donuts is a hub of creativity.  Eclectic decorations, an intriguing beverage selection, and a prime location next to a movie theater are enough to get anyone’s imagination going.  It’s no wonder the place is called Psycho Donuts, because the fanciful donuts are just plain crazy.

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Posted on August 4, 2013, in Restaurants and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. fake and photoshopped!!!!!!! there is no best doughnut place and there are alot of negative reviews about this crap place, I been there before and the doughnuts are nasty and stale!!!! these people do NOT put out fresh doughnuts, just some stale, crappy doughnuts and they are NOT as good as dunkin doughnuts!!!!! Even dunkin makes WWAAAAYYYYY better doughnuts than this shit place!!!!! Not hating, simply telling the truth, you haters!!!! 🙂

    • Dear “lol”,

      Thank you for taking the time to write such an insightful comment. We appreciate the interaction with our blog fans.

      Please help us, though, because we fail to see where we ever claimed that these donuts were fresh. If you would give the article another read, you’ll see that the first time the word “fresh” was used was in your own comment. We know how to choose our words, and we never made any claims that these donuts weren’t stale.

      Also, could you please show us your evidence that the pictures we took were photoshopped? We are amateur photographers and wouldn’t know how to begin using Photoshop, so if you think our photos are that convincingly fake, maybe we should apply to photojournalism outlets. National Geographic Travel or Cooking Magazine might hire us, if you let us use you as a reference.

      Once again, thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to comment. It’s a true compliment.

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