Doughnuts will always have a special place in my heart (and on my waistline) since I practically grew up in a doughnut shop. Dad would keep the demand of apple fritters steady, and I'd opt for anything smothered in chocolate. It was a memorable, sugary pastime.
As for the doughnuts, not much has changed since then. They're still glazed, they're still covered in chocolate and sprinkles, and I still get them every Friday morning to reward myself for pretending to work all week.
But at Denton Square Donuts, owners Bear and Monica Cahill are turning a tried-and-true business on its side with a few doughnut upgrades.
Each donut ($2) starts as a square, flaky, puff pastry with super-sweet frosting. And then everything you love -- from bacon and jelly to Oreos, M&M candies, and even Froot Loops -- gets thrown on top.
That's right: bacon and Froot Loops, two of the best substances on Earth.
"We had 50 ideas but had to narrow it down to a few manageable ones," Bear tells me. Of the 50 ideas, 18 of those came to fruition, along with a 19th donut that changes every month.
For a celestial sugar high, go for either the granola, Loops, M&M, Oreo, s'mores and sprinkles donuts. If you're a jelly fan, you'll find happiness in the apricot and jalapeño jelly donuts.
Others include cinnamon (my favorite), pig on a pillow (similar to pig-in-a-blanket), pizza and the bacon maple donut, covered in a maple glaze and bacon with a flavor similar to a syrupy stack of pancakes.
Each donut is baked instead of fried, which helps to offset the guilt induced by eating, again, everything you love.
And unlike the doughnut shop of my yesteryears, Denton Square Donuts accommodates its guests with free Wi-Fi, wine, dinner hours and a second floor that can be reserved for parties, wedding receptions and the like.
Wine and doughnuts? I'm a total square, so that's right up my alley.