ON LOCATION: PURPLE GLAZE DONUTS, ASBURY PARK, NJ
On a recent visit to Asbury Park we found ourselves following the sugary sweet smells wafting around downtown to Purple Glaze Donuts. Inside we found a veritable wonderland of sugary confections and harmonious, if not adventurous, flavor combinations all based around a ridiculously good house-made donuts.
After retiring from being a higher education administrator, Jacki Sharpe fulfilled a life long dream to attend pastry school, after graduating she teamed up with her son Wesley, who was also a baker, and they started experimenting with donut recipes. It took some time for to get the right flavor composition and textures, Wesley did most of the initial attempts in his home kitchen “most people don’t know what a real, old school, fried cake batter donut tastes like anymore”. Once they perfected their secret recipe they opened Purple Glaze in the spring of 2015 and started adding a unique flair that became an immediate success. Today locals and visitors alike flock to this downtown storefront for their soft centered, slightly crispy, donuts fresh from the daily production line.
The flavor combinations at Purple Glaze range from the traditional to the adventurous (think bacon and hot pepper jelly). Each week the bakery features their “Heavy Metal” selections, unique flavor combinations all named after heavy metal bands and song names.
On the day we visited our donuts were laden with chocolate icing, cookie crumbs and peanut butter, there we donuts with brownies on top and Girl Scout cookies, fruit purées, cream fillings and yes even bacon. Purple Glaze is also known for having the best vegan donuts around, Jacki is very proud of her vegan creations and she should be, we couldn’t tell the difference, “We have mastered chocolate, vanilla vegan donuts and we do special flavors throughout the year”.
So next time you are in Asbury Park…swim body be damned, (a plain donut is apparently only 130 calories!) indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to Purple Glaze, you will love the community connections, delicious fare and most of all the warmth of this truly exceptional local business.
Oh and did we mention you can also enjoy these right in our own lobby, The Asbury is proud to offer Purple Glaze donuts at The Counter.
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