Casting a delectable spell


Posted Mon, Feb 10, 2014

Denverites feel Voodoo Doughnuts are worth waiting for. [Photo by Cherise Scrivner]

LINING UP: Denverites feel Voodoo Doughnuts are worth braving the long lines. [Photo by Cherise Scrivner]

DENVER- There must be Voodoo magic in the doughnuts they bake. Once you taste them, your taste buds are trapped, and all you think about is how you want more.

Enter Voodoo Doughnut, 1520 E Colfax Ave., serving fresh, yummy, gooey doughnuts made by artistic and creative personalities, ready to challenge the limits of doughnutdom. The unique bakery made its way from Oregon to Denver opening their first location in the Mile-High City in mid-December 2013.

Geordan Stewart, 26, says Voodoo Doughnuts are “” Stewart lucked out and had the pleasure of enjoying Voodoo Doughnut’s splendid flavors without waiting in line, but plans to visit the bakery soon, and is willing to wait in line no matter how long. Stewart says he waits an hour for some of the world’s best BBQ at Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City. He says that the line runs around the building, yet like Voodoo Doughnuts, he feels some things are worth waiting for. “It was delicious and nutritious, I loved them,” he says.”

No limits on flavor

Voodoo Doughnuts are flavorful and unique in many different ways. Whether your taste buds are craving bacon, or breakfast cereal, sprinkles or even jelly fruity fillings, Voodoo Doughnut has the right flavor just for you.

YUMMY:  Delicious and nutritious. [Photo by Cherise Scrivner]

YUMMY: Delicious and nutritious. [Photo by Cherise Scrivner]

The Voodoo doll doughnut, is the most iconic doughnut of the business. It is a raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly, topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake to make the finishing touch.

Voodoo has doughnuts you cannot find anywhere else in the world such as the Bacon Maple Bar doughnut made with raised yeast and topped with maple frosting as well as two thick sliced pieces of crunchy bacon.

Other delicious and favorable specialty donuts included “Captain My Captain” made with Capt. Crunch. Then there’s the Loop doughnut featuring Fruit Loops, The triple chocolate penetration topped with Coco-Puffs and the Grape Ape — a vanilla frosted doughnut dusted with grape and lavender sprinkles.

Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, owners of Voodoo Doughnut partnered their friendship and creative capabilities with a plan to open a business that was enjoyable and different. After years of soul searching, and travel through Oregon and the world, Pogson and Shannon discovered doughnuts were a journey they wanted to explore.

Voodoo Doughnut opened their first location in Portland in 2003. The second Portland store opened in 2008, a third store in Eugene in 2010 and the fourth in Denver last year. Voodoo Doughnut is independently owned and operated.

In The Beginning

From the beginning the original Voodoo Doughnut was open all night attracting last call bargoers and music venue patrons. The tradition and business hours have become tradition and thanks to Voodoo, doughnuts can be bought at almost anytime of the day that your belly craves…well at least five days a week.

CAKE WALK: Voodoo Doughnut bake 24/7 Wed.-Sun. [Photo by Cherise Scrivner]

CAKEWALK: Voodoo Doughnut staff bake 24/7 Wed.-Sun. [Photo by Cherise Scrivner]

Voodoo Doughnut is open 5 days a week, 24 hours a day. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Located at 1520 East Colfax Ave. Voodoo Doughnut is a cash only operation. They do have an ATM machine located inside the bakery, accessible while you wait in line.

Voodoo Doughnut’s are not costly ranging from .95 cents and up. All Donuts are handmade in house, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and unique delectable flavors.

Voodoo Doughnut do custom orders for parties, meetings and as bizarre as it may sound, even weddings. Owners Pogson and Shannon are both ordained ministers and have married several couples into loving matrimony from their Oregon Voodoo Doughnut locations.

On Jan. 14, 2014 the Denver Voodoo location married their first couple, Chris and Chanti Hayes- who wanted to be married in the Mile-High City’s Voodoo Doughnut shop as soon as it opened. The Hayes are the first to tie-the-knot in Denver.

Voodoo Doughnut has attracted the media’s eyes appearing on numerous T.V. shows including the Travel Channel an Anthony Bourdain special, Top Chef, Rachel Ray, Good Morning America and Man vs. Food.


What: Voodoo Doughnut

Where: 1520 East Colfax Ave.

Open: 24/7 Wed. – Sun.

Cost: 95 cents (Each) and up. (Cash Only)

Phone: (303) 597-3666




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About Cherise Scrivner

Cherise Scrivner is a Denver-area freelance writer. She is also the Managing Editor of CMAN (Colorado Martial Arts News)

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5 Responses to “Casting a delectable spell”

  1. Mia Szabo Says:

    Thanks for an official article all about Voodoo Doughnut I have been curious about it since having first heard about it before it opened in Denver. One think I would have like to know about is what other types of doughnuts they have, like vegan options.


  2. Zee Nwuke Says:

    This is a very good story. I didn’t know about this shop before, but this story has really caught my interest. It sounds like the donuts would be delicious. I will definently try them out as soon as possible.


  3. Sarah Courtney Says:

    Thanks for the warning about lines. One must be brave to enjoy a Bacon Maple Bar.


  4. Melanie J. Rice Says:

    I was not sure if this was intended as a favorable review, or a business story.

    If it’s a business story, I would like to see more balance and less opinion.

    As I read I kept wondering how many calories are in these things?


  5. Angela Jackson Says:

    Nice story. I was previously unfamiliar with this company. I’ll have to go check it out when I need a sugar fix.


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