By Rachel Morrison, MBA’24
I am a donut hunter. What does that mean? In every town I visit, I search for a local donut shop. Donuts are delicious and I believe it is an amazing way to get a feel for a place! When I first visited Bloomington, I was walking around the IU campus when I saw a donut shop. I was so excited to see a local shop that I immediately began researching to find reviews. Imagine my surprise when I searched “donut shops” in Google Maps and saw that Bloomington boasts four local donut shops plus a Dunkin Donuts! From my past experience hunting donuts, this is a very impressive feat for a smaller town.
This is a tale of many donuts and exploring an adorable town. I fell in love with Bloomington during my visit and committed to attending Kelley for my full-time MBA. I’ve spent this past year trying all the donut shops in Bloomington, and now I’m sharing the results of my meticulous research. Fair warning: my ranking is controversial, but I believe I discovered the most delicious and authentic donuts in town. Here are my findings:
My number one ranking goes to Crescent Donut. This is an old-school establishment with one-dollar donut holes. The classic yeast donut is amazing, but the star of the show is the Sour Cream Old Fashioned. This store is a favorite of locals; be sure to go early before they sell out.
What I learned about Crescent Donut: old school, simple, and a local favorite; obviously going to be dependable when in need of something sweet.
This is the original donut shop that started my quest in Bloomington. I give it the number two spot on my list for its coffee selection and fancy croissant donuts. All of the donuts have a croissant base with different flavor combinations. I give a special shoutout to the Churro and the Coconut flavors.
What I learned about Parlor Doughnuts: fancy, Instagram-able, and easy to get to; all good signs for a foodie with a sweet tooth. This is a great place within walking distance of IU campus to share a donut and grab a coffee with friends.
Rainbow Bakery takes the number three spot on my list. It is a unique bakery with its offering of baked goods for dietary restrictions.
What I learned about Rainbow Bakery: colorful, considerate of others, and wide selection of baked goods that demonstrate how accommodating this small town is to its customers. Located within 10 minutes of downtown Bloomington, this is a great place for coffee and those with a sweet tooth.
The fourth spot in rank goes to Square Donuts. While another local favorite, this was my least favorite. It has multiple locations and an avid fan base. I found it to be a little bland for my tastes, but that’s just me! It’s great because of the convenience of locations, though.
What I learned about Square Donuts: quirky donuts (square shaped), traditional flavors, and a local chain. This tells me I have found my fellow donut lovers in the people of Bloomington, even if it isn’t my favorite shop.
I don’t know about you, but I believe in the way of the donut. If a small town is able to boast four amazing local donut shops, then it must be a good place to live while I’m in the Full-Time MBA program at Kelley. What better memory than sharing a sweet pastry or two with some new friends!