What’s interesting about a donut?

More than you might think. The Forum sat down with Ann Olson, downtown Fargo manager of the popular donut-seller Sandy’s Donuts, at their 300 Broadway N. location, and she shared the staff picks for the most interesting donuts they have on offer (and they have a lot of them).



1. The Espresso

“What makes that one fun,” Olson said, “is it’s filled with angel icing, and then we serve Stumbeano’s Coffee, and we make our own espresso, and we fold it in with the angel icing. And, it’s really good.” A fun donut, yes, but it also supports Stumbeano’s, out of Fergus Falls, Minn., she said, which is a local, family-owned business.

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The Espresso. Ryan Stotts / The Forum
The Espresso. Ryan Stotts / The Forum

2. The Big Sandy

“It’s a huge donut,” Olson said. “It’s not unusual to see somebody order that donut and sit down with a fork and knife and eat it.” It comes in a couple of different flavors. And, yeah, it’s really big.

The Big Sandy. Ryan Stotts / The Forum
The Big Sandy. Ryan Stotts / The Forum

3. The Vegan

“We’ve spent time in production perfecting them,” Olson said, “and they are now better than ever.” They’re free of any milk products or eggs. It seemed the kind of donut aimed at a small segment of the community, she said, but it’s ended up being a huge hit with all ages, especially those with milk or egg allergies. Olson said it’s a joy to see those denied donuts now have options. There are seven different kinds available every day.

The Vegan. Ryan Stotts / The Forum
The Vegan. Ryan Stotts / The Forum

4. The Maple Bacon Long John

“You either love it or you hate it ,” Olson said. “We sell a lot of them downtown.” Which means the collision of maple icing and big chunks of bacon, now matter how divisive in theory, is beloved by a whole lot of people. It looks mighty interesting, too.

The Maple Bacon Long John. Ryan Stotts / The Forum
The Maple Bacon Long John. Ryan Stotts / The Forum

5. The Old-Fashioned

“Our most popular donuts aren’t the most ‘fun’ ones, necessarily,” Olson said. “They’re just the classics.” Witness the ever-popular Old-Fashioned, which Sandy’s sells in a number of different flavors, from sour cream to cinnamon sugar, with blueberry, lemon poppy seed and glazed chocolate in the mix, too.

The Old-Fashioned. Ryan Stotts / The Forum
The Old-Fashioned. Ryan Stotts / The Forum

There’s something wonderfully mysterious about the happiness inspired by donuts. Olson and her staff experience it every day.

“With a donut, with a smile, with a greeting,” Olson said, “whatever’s going on in life, you kind of forget about it for a little while, and you get to just indulge in that delicious treat.”



Sandy’s Donuts:

301 Main Ave. W. in West Fargo

(701) 281-0430