Taking the Donut to the Next Level: Dawn’s New Gourmet Donut Program

Apr 17, 2019, 16:32 PM by Dawn Foods

For nearly 100 years, Dawn Foods has been focused on bringing customers the insights, innovations and strategies necessary to help grow their business and meet the needs of consumers. More now than ever, bakers need new, exciting offerings to break through in a crowded environment. Yet at the same time, bakers need ideas that can push their business forward, without taking more time or resources.

Enter the gourmet donut. According to research from Datassential, 65 percent of consumers are likely to try a gourmet donut– donuts that mix flavors, textures and an unexpected combination. The kicker? Gourmet donuts can be sold as high as $5.00 per donut, with 73 percent of consumers saying they will pay $2.99 for a donut. Despite this, only 9 percent of operators plan to add them to their menus due to the perceived time investment and ingredients needed.

To combat these concerns, Dawn has created a turnkey gourmet donut program to help bakers drive revenue and profit growth while introducing new donut options consumers love. Through our 12 new gourmet donuts, we make it easy for our customers to capitalize on the gourmet donut trend with the insights, ingredients and ready-to-make recipes to keep bakery customers coming back for more – all while bringing in nearly double the profit per donut. The added labor of this program is minimal, and the donuts only require a few extra ingredients, making them easy to integrate into the daily bakery mix.

Check out each of our new 12 gourmet donut offerings below!


  • Chocolate Peanut Overload – taking a typical yeast donut to the next level by dunking it in chocolate icing and topping with both peanuts and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Donut Sundae – a yeast donut with a -colorful medley of rainbow and chocolate sprinkles, Holland Crème, peanuts and topped with a maraschino cherry
  • Dirt Cup – a classic take on a favorite childhood dessert! A devil’s food cake donut coated with chocolate icing, Oreo cookie pieces and gummy worms
  • Hazelnut Red Velvet – a red velvet cake donut smothered in chocolate icing, and drizzled with hazelnut spread, semi-sweet chocolate chips and red velvet crumble
  • Chocolate Covered Bacon – a vanilla cake donut dipped in chocolate icing, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and delicious bacon bites.
  • Orange & Crème – a yeast donut filled with fluffy orange crème and topped with icing, Holland Crème, white chocolate chips and topped with a maraschino cherry
  • Chocolate Coconut – a yeast donut dipped in chocolate icing and coconut flakes
  • Neapolitan – a vanilla cake donut garnished with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate icings and a sprinkle of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Pink And White Animal Crackers – a yeast donut dipped in rose pink icing and topped with white icing and the classic Circus Animal Frosted Cookies
  • Red Velvet Cheesecake – a red velvet cake donut immersed in graham cracker crumbs and cream cheese
  • Rainbow Mix-Up – a vanilla cake donut topped finished with blue and white icing and mini M&Ms
  • Mint Chocolate – a unique take on a filled donut: a basic devil’s food cake donut cut in half and filled with whipped icing and finalized with chocolate icing and chopped Andes mints

For more information on Gourmet Donuts, click here or contact your Dawn sales representative.