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Lancaster, PA’s Ultimate Donut Guide

Breakfast, lunch or even dinner – donuts are a delicious treat for any time of day. Lancaster County is home to classic donut creations, like the Long John and Fasnacht, along with bakeries putting a spin on the traditional with made-to-order pastries and even one topped with salty bacon.

Whether you’re pairing it with your morning coffee or snacking later in the day when your sweet tooth calls, stop by for one of the fantastic fried treats below. Grab one (or even a dozen) and experience Lancaster’s donut scene for yourself:

The Classic

No, it’s not an éclair, although it may look a lot like one. The Long John is a bar-shaped, yeast donut covered in a variety of icing flavors. We opted for chocolate, but other tasty flavors include peanut butter and vanilla.

If you’re in search of an authentic long john, head over to Achenbach’s in Leola. They’re been serving up scratch-made baked goods for 60 years.

The Fruity Find

An apple fritter a day may not keep the doctor away, but they do make a nice treat every once in a while. This donut is swirled with cinnamon and apples, and topped with sugary sweet glaze.

Shady Maple is serving up this fruity fritter in the smorgasbord alongside a wide variety of house-made pastries. If you’re just in the mood for an apple fritter, stop by their Farm Market where you can buy donuts individually or by the dozen.


Get them while they’re warm! Duck Donuts specializes in made-to-order donuts with a variety of glazes, toppings, and drizzles, allowing eaters to design their own sweet treat. Donuts are fried and decorated while customers are invited to watch the process.

Our fruity creation features lemon glaze, rainbow sprinkles, and raspberry drizzle on a warm vanilla donut. They offer suggestions in their menu, but feel free dream up a unique creation.

The Sweet and Savory

Picture this – a fresh vanilla donuts blanketed in sweet maple icing then topped with salt bacon bits. You heard that correctly; Duck Donuts is also serving up a donut with bunches of real bacon bits on top… and it’s delicious!

The Dinner Donut

What’s golden brown and cheesy in the middle? A grilled cheese donut from Tom + Chee! The folks at Tom + Chee put cheese between a sliced donut and grilled it to perfection.

And that’s just the classic version. Sweeter versions of this treat feature chocolate, marshmallows, bananas, peanut butter mascarpone, and strawberries.

The Donut worth Celebrating

Fasnachts are donuts with their own day. This delightful donut is traditionally consumed on Fat Tuesday, when households would use up their lard, sugar, butter and eggs prior to the beginning of Lent. Often times, they’re made with mashed potatoes and fried in lard – not your average donut!

On Fasnacht Day, glazed and powered varieties can be found at market stands and bakeries across the county.

The Donut of Brotherly Love

Over 30 years ago, Beiler’s Doughnuts started serving up treats at Reading Terminal Market in nearby Philadelphia. They’ve expanded west to open a shop in Lancaster where hungry donut-lovers can find flavors like triple chocolate cake, fruity pebbles, and key lime.

For the hot summer days, Beiler’s created a donut ice cream sandwich for one-heck-of-a dessert.

What Exactly is a Long John?

While browsing the bakeries, sweet shops, and market stands, you may come across a doughnut that looks a lot like an éclair – but with a different name.

In Lancaster County and various areas across the country, these bar-shaped donuts are called Long Johns, and boy are they delicious! Not to be confused with the long undergarment worn on cold days, Long Johns are rectangular, yeasted doughnuts that are either filled or unfilled and topped with a variety of icing flavors.

If you’re looking to sink your teeth into one of these tasty pastries, you can find one (or a dozen) here:

  • Achenbach’s: Dubbed the “Home of the Long John,” Achenbach’s is celebrating over 60 years of baking goods from scratch. Choose from vanilla, chocolate or peanut butter icing or even a Long John cakes for special occasions. Stop by on your birthday for a free Long John – sweet!
  • Shady Maple: If you happen to be at Central Market or at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a unique Long John is just steps away. You’ll find the sweet and salty Maple Bacon Long John, topped with maple icing and strips of smoky bacon, and the straight-up-sweet Better Cream Long John, filled with light cream.

Bon appetite!

Sources: Eater.com, “Everything You Need to Know About the Great American Doughnut” 5/28/2015

Countryside Breakfast or Downtown Brunch?

Rise and shine – it’s time to start your day in Lancaster County! Treat yourself to the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast or brunch – which will you choose?

For a Countryside Breakfast:

A traditional breakfast featuring eggs, home fries, pancakes and other favorites can be found at many of the local PA Dutch restaurants and buffets. Try a little bit of everything with an all-you-care-to-eat smorgasbord or order off the menu of tasty classics.

Here are some favorite breakfast spots across the county:

Shady Maple: features two hundred feet of deliciously authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Be sure to try one of their house-made doughnuts or pastries!

Oregon Dairy Country Restaurant & Buffet: serving a full breakfast menu Monday through Sunday plus a breakfast buffet Friday, Saturday and Sunday

DJ’s Taste of the 50’s: classic breakfast dishes served in a vintage diner setting

For a Downtown Brunch:

Brunch is a delicious early afternoon meal typically served on Saturday and Sunday, and featuring dishes that combine the best of lunch and breakfast. Tasty brunch spots are popping up across Downtown Lancaster, serving up brunch burgers, quiche, chicken and waffles, and cocktails.

Explore Lancaster City and stop by one of these great brunch spots:

Annie Bailey’s: a traditional Irish pub serving classic Irish breakfast items and savory lunch burgers and sandwiches

Aussie and the Fox: blending American and Australian cuisine and creating delicious brunch dishes and cocktails

Prince Street Café: serving breakfast or lunch all day, along with hot and cold espresso and coffee drinks

Bon appetite!

Shady Maple – Where Food is a Destination!

One of the popular ways to enjoy delicious Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine is with a meal at a buffet, or Smorgasbord as they’re called in Lancaster County. With a craving for a hearty, home-style breakfast, I took a trip to Lancaster County’s largest smorgasbord, Shady Maple. From donuts, pastries and fresh fruit to eggs prepared your way, there is truly something for everyone.  I had bacon and their savory hash brown casserole on my mind, and added creamed chipped beef over home fries and a doughnut to my plate (don’t worry – I ate LOTS of vegetables for lunch). At the grill areas, they make pancakes and waffles with a variety of mix-ins and toppings and eggs prepared to order, eggs Benedict and omelets. Serving a variety of egg options, Shady Maple goes through 3,000 eggs every Saturday – WOW!

When lunch and dinner roll around, their buffet features an extensive salad bar, soup, meats, cheeses, homemade bread and fabulous grill options. At lunchtime you can find hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn fritters, to name a few. Their dinner grill options vary through the week with options like Prime Rib on Wednesdays and BBQ on Thursdays.

After my delicious breakfast, it was time to do a little shopping (and walking) in their 40,000 sq. ft. gift shop, located in the same building as the smorgasbord. The gift shop features furniture, games and toys for kids, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and collectibles, canned jellies and jams and so much more! They even sell merchandise featuring their mascots Whoop-e-pie and T-bone steak.

Shady Maple began with humble roots as a road side farm market almost 46 years ago, growing to the 110,000 sq. ft. farmers market it is today. Along with standard groceries, the farmers market sells local produce, meats smoked in-house and delicious baked goods produced in their own on-site bakery. My favorites are their apple fritters and maple bacon long johns. Yes- they put bacon on a doughnut, and yes- it is absolutely scrumptious. In addition to donuts, the Shady Maple bakery produces pies, whoopie pies in a variety of flavors, specialty breads, sticky buns and so much more.


Shady Maple is a Lancaster County staple and worth a trip! Stop by for a meal at Shady Maple Smorgasbord or PA Dutch style baked goods at the Farm Market next time you’re in the area.

Kauffman’s Famous Fruit Farm & Market

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market has been family-owned and operated since the founder, Amos L. (A.L.) Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911. Today, over 100 years later, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations run the business; and the orchards are now producing over 135 varieties of tree fruits on 100 acres. Pretty impressive!

When A.L. built a packing house in 1937, he made it larger than most other buildings in the area because he believed that his business would expand exponentially. He had dreams of growing the best tasting fruit in the region and building a successful business that would continue on for generations.

In 1954, a critical part of his vision was fulfilled when his five sons became business partners. A. L. Kauffman & Sons began a new chapter.

In A.L.’s lifetime alone, the orchard grew to have 55 acres of apples, 35 acres of peaches, 3 acres of pears, and 4 acres of plums and cherries.

For the Kauffman family, hard work, skill-perfecting, family traditions, and fond memories have marked every milestone, every season, and every year of their growing business. Picking apples in the orchard, making cider, assisting in the farm market, and managing a growing business have all been key to the family’s success.

While they are thankful for their rich history, strong values, and meaningful traditions, they continue to grow and adapt to the needs of their customers. They proudly combine values of the past with visions for the future.

Because the Kauffman family loves their business, the local community, and each customer, they promise to continue growing food responsibly, sustainably, and healthfully for many more generations.

Image Courtesy of Kauffman's Fruit Farm

Image Courtesy of Kauffman’s Fruit Farm

To learn more about the market and Kauffman’s delicious produce, read Christina’s post.

Learn more about the Kauffman family or purchase their 100th-anniversary keepsake book, FAITH, FAMILY & FRUIT.

Be sure to check out other iconic Lancaster County hot-spots such as Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Strasburg Rail Road, and Lancaster Central Market, and Green Dragon.

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