Vaught’s note: I always enjoy sharing different travel experiences with readers, and so does my daughter. Her family recently vacationed in Pigeon Forge and found this hidden gem in Sevierville that I now plan to visit soon myself.
By JESSICA VAUGHT HUDSON
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Nestled in the heart of downtown Sevierville, there is an eclectic little café that serves the traditional donut in an untraditional way.
Courthouse Donuts, which has been open just over two years, is serving up donuts with an “arresting taste.” Ever dreamed of what a key lime donut tastes like? At Seiver County’s design your own donut shop, you can make that dream come true as well as almost any other flavored donut you can think of.
The design your own donut process begins with a vanilla cake donut made from their own secret recipe. Next up, the “Dip it” step, where you get to choose your icing. Icing flavors include vanilla, chocolate and caramel.
Moving on to the “Top it,” step, where you choose your own toppings. This is the step where your imagination can run wild. You can choose from popular toppings like chocolate chips, M&M’s, peanuts, pecans, Gold Graham cereal, Fruity Pebbles cereal, Oreo cookies and even orange Tang!!
Last step, “Sauce it.” Here’s where things can get interesting! Sauces to choose from include Hershey’s chocolate, honey, caramel, homemade marshmallow cream, peanut butter, and key lime drizzle
Courthouse Donuts has several favorite flavors they designed along with their customers in case it’s all to much for your taste buds to comprehend! The House Favorite is the Bumble Bee, a donut with vanilla icing and a warm caramel drizzle, Hershey’s chocolate and honey. Looking for something a little less fancy, try a donut with vanilla icing and cinnamon sugar; better know as the cinnamon roll donut.
My family decided to test out our donut making skills. My daughter, Savana, made a donut with chocolate icing, topped with Oreo’s and M&M’s. I went a little less chocolate choosing caramel sauce and peanuts. Finally, Berry, my husband got a donut with vanilla icing and mini chocolate chips.
Courthouse Donuts is a perfect place to stop on the way into Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg for breakfast, or to grab a dozen to go. You can also make a pit stop here on your way home to grab lunch. They serve a variety or soups, salads and sandwiches.
Courthouse Donuts is, for sure, one of our new favorite stops to visit anytime we’re in the area. They are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, across the street from the Sevier County Courthouse, or you can visit them online at www.courthousedonuts.com.