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Apple Cider Donuts

If you've never had a fresh cider donut, soaked with fryer oil and coated with cinnamon and sugar, you're missing out on one of the great delights of the world. And even if you have had one, if it wasn't from Hicks Orchard in Granville, NY, you're still missing out. Hicks cider donuts are the most fantastic donuts I've ever had, bar none. Krispy Kreme doesn't hold a candle to these heavenly, artery-clogging little bits of fried perfection.

Ever since I was a little kid, my family has been going to Hicks Orchard to pick apples and blueberries, and to watch the fascinating donut machine chugging away in their cider barn. Through the glass windows you could watch the giant batter-filled receptacle plop little O's of batter into the bubbling oil below, where they floated along, were flipped over to cook their other side, and then were carried up and out of the oil on a metal conveyor belt. And when you ordered a dozen of them and were handed a paper bag made translucent with oil and hot to the touch, you knew these would be good. Boy, were they ever.

Hicks Donut Machines

As the years have gone by, word has gotten out about these donuts. On Sunday when we visited, the line to order them stretched clear across the barnyard, never shorter than about fifty people. Despite the hot sun, people (myself included) gladly waited an hour to get themselves a batch of these delectable confections. Hicks now has three donut machines running in their bakery instead of the single one they had in years past, and even these have trouble keeping up with demand. Homer Price's out-of-control donut machine would probably have trouble filling all the orders placed in a timely fashion.

Hicks Cider Donuts

Like most great things, Hicks cider donuts don't last. You've gotta eat 'em soon after you get them or they lose their glory, fading to mere shadows of their former selves. If you're ever in the area — heck, if you're ever within three hours' drive, and it's apple season, stop in and grab a few. They're totally worth the trip.



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Oct. 10th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
I want some
Those sound absolutely delicious.
Oct. 10th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: I want some
They are so good. Next time you're in the north country in the fall, make a detour to Granville!

Do you ever actually come this far north?
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: I want some
I have no objections to it, I love all sorts of travel!
Oct. 10th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
yeah if you buy them it's almost imperative that you stuff them in your face and then lie around going MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM for forty-five minutes. they have to be eaten warm to understand the glory. mmm. i haven't had one in years. omg. haha i love you for posting pictures.
Oct. 10th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
You need to go! I can't believe I haven't gone for years, and I'm so glad we went this year. I think I will try to make it there every year from now on, until I die happily of arterial clogging.

Also, I have decided that I should try to include photos with lots of my posts because I like looking at other peoples' photos so it stands to reason etc. :)
Oct. 14th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
Missin' Hicks
I remember the field trips we would take in school to Hicks :D.

I've toured the country and sampled more than my fair share of cider donuts and hands down, Hick's wins. Their cider is also still in the top 5 ciders I've tasted.

I also long for the days when I could buy gallons of pure Maple Syrup for 3 dollars. A gallon. At the gas station. But that's another childhood story for another time.. :)

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