The Sweet-Seeker’s Guide to the Butler County Donut Trail

Cheesecake. Maple Bacon. Fruity Pebbles. S’mores. These sweet selections are all delicious on their own. But when these words are being used to describe the flavor of a donut, we’re talking about an entirely new level of delectability.

These donuts aren’t the stuff of fairy tales. Every morning, these magical flavors grace the shelves of 13 mom-and-pop shops throughout Butler County, a measly 45-minute-drive north of Cincinnati.

But that’s not all — these shops have converged to form the Butler County Donut Trail, a sugary machination of the Butler County Visitors Bureau which challenges hungry humans to get a passport stamped at each of the 13 locations in a quest for total donut domination.

Official Butler County Donut Trail passports are available at each stop along the trail, and a printable version is also available online. Those who successfully get their passport stamped (and eat a donut or three) at every stop along the way are eligible to claim a well-deserved prize: an official Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt.

Don’t set out unprepared: These stores close up shop as soon as their inventory runs out, which can happen as early as 10 a.m. daily.

If you do intend to visit them all in a day, plan on beginning around 7 a.m. Although Oxford Doughnut Shoppe is an optional stop — the only elective destination on the list — the popular store near Miami University frequently has its shelves cleaned out by 8 a.m., necessitating a particularly early start if you plan to include it. And you should — its donuts make the grogginess worth it (and there’s coffee!).  

With your completed passport in hand, swing by the Butler County Visitors Bureau to claim your T-shirt (available small through XXL). Passports can also be mailed into the bureau (8756 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069), which will send your T-shirt to you in return.

So grab a traveling companion, make room in your stomach and hone your sweet tooth: The Donut Trail is calling your name. 


For more information on the Butler County Donut Trail and to download an official trail passport, visit gettothebc.com/donut-trail.

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Click through to see all donut shops you can find on the Butler County Donut Trail
Click through to see all donut shops you can find on the Butler County Donut Trail
Milton’s Donuts
3533 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown
If this little shop with a spot in a Middletown strip mall looks unassuming, don’t be surprised by the long lines at the counter. This hidden treasure is a local favorite and too good to miss. Long-time owner Dan Milton’s parents put their life savings of $5,000 toward some used donut-making equipment, and the result is today’s shelves of exciting, sugary delights. When the shop first opened, donuts cost a nickel, but even today you can find totally unique choices for affordable prices. Find everything from a Reese's-topped peanut butter-filled donut donut to a Fruity Pebbles-topped yeast donut to a chocolate cream pie.  
ASK FOR: the cherry iced cake donut, a cake donut with cherry icing.
Photo: Jesse Fox

Milton’s Donuts

3533 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown
If this little shop with a spot in a Middletown strip mall looks unassuming, don’t be surprised by the long lines at the counter. This hidden treasure is a local favorite and too good to miss. Long-time owner Dan Milton’s parents put their life savings of $5,000 toward some used donut-making equipment, and the result is today’s shelves of exciting, sugary delights. When the shop first opened, donuts cost a nickel, but even today you can find totally unique choices for affordable prices. Find everything from a Reese's-topped peanut butter-filled donut donut to a Fruity Pebbles-topped yeast donut to a chocolate cream pie.
ASK FOR: the cherry iced cake donut, a cake donut with cherry icing.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Oxford Doughnut Shoppe
120 S. Locust St., Oxford
Although this little shop is an optional stop on the trail — its popular donuts sometimes sell out as early as 8 a.m. — it’s well worth waking up a little early to get your hands on some treats from this local favorite. With a prime location near Miami University, the shop is a popular destination for students looking for a quick caffeine and sugar buzz. The shop is easily identifiable thanks to Sir Doughnalot, the store’s cheerful donut-headed mascot — look for him on a red sign above the building. (You’ll also find him posing with the latest donut creations on the shop’s social media pages.) Inside, the store is bright and colorful, with a donut-devoted mural and large chalkboard menu.
ASK FOR: The Fruity Pebbles donut, a white-iced cake donut topped off with the popular crunchy cereal.  
Photo: Jesse Fox

Oxford Doughnut Shoppe

120 S. Locust St., Oxford
Although this little shop is an optional stop on the trail — its popular donuts sometimes sell out as early as 8 a.m. — it’s well worth waking up a little early to get your hands on some treats from this local favorite. With a prime location near Miami University, the shop is a popular destination for students looking for a quick caffeine and sugar buzz. The shop is easily identifiable thanks to Sir Doughnalot, the store’s cheerful donut-headed mascot — look for him on a red sign above the building. (You’ll also find him posing with the latest donut creations on the shop’s social media pages.) Inside, the store is bright and colorful, with a donut-devoted mural and large chalkboard menu.
ASK FOR: The Fruity Pebbles donut, a white-iced cake donut topped off with the popular crunchy cereal.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Kelly’s Bakery
1335 Main St., Hamilton
If you’ve got a big appetite for a super-sized donut, Kelly’s Bakery is the place for you. It’s on the west side of town, but it’s worth the trip from anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area. These unique treats range in size, shape, color and confection, with everything from bacon and glaze to chocolate-frosted logs and heart-shaped delights to donuts twisted to spell out things like “I ASK FOR: The s’mores donut, a cake donut with chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow drizzled with chocolate syrup.
Photo: Jesse Fox

Kelly’s Bakery

1335 Main St., Hamilton
If you’ve got a big appetite for a super-sized donut, Kelly’s Bakery is the place for you. It’s on the west side of town, but it’s worth the trip from anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area. These unique treats range in size, shape, color and confection, with everything from bacon and glaze to chocolate-frosted logs and heart-shaped delights to donuts twisted to spell out things like “I <3 U MOM.” A fun array of toppings and extras appeal to kids and kids-at-heart: popular cereals, colorful frostings and sprinkles and scrumptious cream fillings. Make sure to scan their selection of cinnamon rolls, pastries, danishes, cookies and more, served with a fresh coffee, cappuccino, milk or juice.
ASK FOR: The s’mores donut, a cake donut with chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow drizzled with chocolate syrup.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Martin&#146;s Donuts
4 W. State St., Trenton
You can spot Martin&#146;s Donuts from all the way down the street &#151; its bright pink exterior, located in the heart of Trenton, is difficult to miss. And the cheery, bright atmosphere you&#146;re greeted with once you step inside is hard to forget. Handmade fresh donuts are the game and Martin&#146;s is a winner with more than 28 years of family experience. You can often find creative flavorrs such as banana pudding, red velvet and maple bacon in the bakery cases, and if you&#146;re lucky, you can even take a peek inside the kitchen and tasting room adjacent to the shop. 
ASK FOR: The cronut &#151; a combination of donut and croissant that embodies the flavor of the former and the texture of the latter. 
Photo: Jesse Fox

Martin’s Donuts

4 W. State St., Trenton
You can spot Martin’s Donuts from all the way down the street — its bright pink exterior, located in the heart of Trenton, is difficult to miss. And the cheery, bright atmosphere you’re greeted with once you step inside is hard to forget. Handmade fresh donuts are the game and Martin’s is a winner with more than 28 years of family experience. You can often find creative flavorrs such as banana pudding, red velvet and maple bacon in the bakery cases, and if you’re lucky, you can even take a peek inside the kitchen and tasting room adjacent to the shop.
ASK FOR: The cronut — a combination of donut and croissant that embodies the flavor of the former and the texture of the latter.
Photo: Jesse Fox
The Donut Spot
5148 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield
The Donut Spot is a bustling hub of sugar and caffeine &#151;  the smell of freshly roasted coffee permeates the air as the shop buzzes with the queries of regulars ordering their favorites. If you&#146;re feeling extra hungry, put in a special request for a giant, sprinkled donut that&#146;s bigger than your head. The shop has also been enlisted for help with endeavors like sweet dance proposals, with glazed treats shaped to spell out &#147;PROM.&#148;   
ASK FOR: A simple but scrumptious vanilla iced donut with rainbow sprinkles. 
Photo: Jesse Fox

The Donut Spot

5148 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield
The Donut Spot is a bustling hub of sugar and caffeine — the smell of freshly roasted coffee permeates the air as the shop buzzes with the queries of regulars ordering their favorites. If you’re feeling extra hungry, put in a special request for a giant, sprinkled donut that’s bigger than your head. The shop has also been enlisted for help with endeavors like sweet dance proposals, with glazed treats shaped to spell out “PROM.”
ASK FOR: A simple but scrumptious vanilla iced donut with rainbow sprinkles.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Jupiter Coffee & Donuts
5353 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
For donuts that are absolutely out of this world, try the homemade goodness of Jupiter Coffee & Donuts. Located in Fairfield near Jungle Jim&#146;s, this family-owned bakery whips up fresh batches of donuts every morning alongside brownies, danishes, muffins, cookies and cupcakes. Enjoy a delicious treat, a cup of fresh-roasted coffee with beans from Guatemala, Papua New Guinea and Colombia, free Wi-Fi and a friendly, bright setting. Ask about their waffle donuts or real Ohio maple syrup donuts, plus the perfect house-roasted coffee pairing. They also make a great cup of hot cocoa &#151; perfect for a casual morning (the French drink it with breakfast) or a sweet break from your day.
ASK FOR: The Red Storm Roll, a raspberry-filled donut with cream cheese frosting.
Photo: Jesse Fox

Jupiter Coffee & Donuts

5353 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
For donuts that are absolutely out of this world, try the homemade goodness of Jupiter Coffee & Donuts. Located in Fairfield near Jungle Jim’s, this family-owned bakery whips up fresh batches of donuts every morning alongside brownies, danishes, muffins, cookies and cupcakes. Enjoy a delicious treat, a cup of fresh-roasted coffee with beans from Guatemala, Papua New Guinea and Colombia, free Wi-Fi and a friendly, bright setting. Ask about their waffle donuts or real Ohio maple syrup donuts, plus the perfect house-roasted coffee pairing. They also make a great cup of hot cocoa — perfect for a casual morning (the French drink it with breakfast) or a sweet break from your day.
ASK FOR: The Red Storm Roll, a raspberry-filled donut with cream cheese frosting.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Ross Bakery
1051 Eaton Ave., Hamilton; 221 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton
This Hamilton-based bakery now has two locations. If you happen to bump into a few of Ross&#146; regulars along the trail, chances are they&#146;ll talk up the bakery&#146;s flaky, best-selling apple fritters. But don&#146;t limit your selection &#151; the shops is also known for coffee, bagels and an assortment of treats like holiday-themed iced cookies. Look for unique creations like a dirt cake donut, slathered with white icing, sprinkled with Oreo crumbles and garnished with a gummy worm. 
ASK FOR: The Cr&egrave;me Horn, a flaky, puffy pastry stuffed with whipped cream, made the old-fashioned way.
Photo: Jesse Fox

Ross Bakery

1051 Eaton Ave., Hamilton; 221 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton
This Hamilton-based bakery now has two locations. If you happen to bump into a few of Ross’ regulars along the trail, chances are they’ll talk up the bakery’s flaky, best-selling apple fritters. But don’t limit your selection — the shops is also known for coffee, bagels and an assortment of treats like holiday-themed iced cookies. Look for unique creations like a dirt cake donut, slathered with white icing, sprinkled with Oreo crumbles and garnished with a gummy worm.
ASK FOR: The Crème Horn, a flaky, puffy pastry stuffed with whipped cream, made the old-fashioned way.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Mimi&#146;s Donuts & Bakery
2267 Millville Ave., Hamilton
Mimi&#146;s Donuts & Bakery tests the limits of experimentation with selections like a rich Funfetti cake donut, a warm, fresh-from-the-oven cream cheese and raspberry croissant and a gluten-sensitive morning muffin. A goofy &#147;donuts must be leashed&#148; sign greets visitors on this trail stop, and eager customers fill up the pub-style tables and chairs each morning. The energetic, creative ownership is always looking for new donut dreams to turn into realities, whether that&#146;s a handheld pineapple upside down cake or a Creamsicle-flavored donut with real orange zest. A real family affair, the store accommodates its loyal followers with decorative mugs, holiday specials and diet-sensitive desserts.  
ASK FOR: The Little Chicago donut, an apple-filled donut rolled in cinnamon and sugar. But if they don't have that, try the Reese's Cup donut.
Photo: Jesse Fox

Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery

2267 Millville Ave., Hamilton
Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery tests the limits of experimentation with selections like a rich Funfetti cake donut, a warm, fresh-from-the-oven cream cheese and raspberry croissant and a gluten-sensitive morning muffin. A goofy “donuts must be leashed” sign greets visitors on this trail stop, and eager customers fill up the pub-style tables and chairs each morning. The energetic, creative ownership is always looking for new donut dreams to turn into realities, whether that’s a handheld pineapple upside down cake or a Creamsicle-flavored donut with real orange zest. A real family affair, the store accommodates its loyal followers with decorative mugs, holiday specials and diet-sensitive desserts.
ASK FOR: The Little Chicago donut, an apple-filled donut rolled in cinnamon and sugar. But if they don't have that, try the Reese's Cup donut.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Holtman&#146;s Donut Shop
9558 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester
This Greater Cincinnati-based donut chain might already be familiar to Cincinnati residents, but it's still worth stopping at their newer location further up I-75 to grab one last sweet treat before heading back down to the city. The family-owned bakery sells yeast and cake donuts made the old-fashioned way, but with a modern twist. Re-experience your favorite childhood cereals on top of a Fruity Pebbles or Lucky Charms round or indulge in a Maple Double Bacon pastry. They even sell a Oreo vegan donut for an animal-product-free sugar high. 
ASK FOR: A S&#146;mores donut, which features a housemade glob of marshmallow perched on top of a chocolate and graham cracker-coated yeast donut. 
Photo: Jesse Fox

Holtman’s Donut Shop

9558 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester
This Greater Cincinnati-based donut chain might already be familiar to Cincinnati residents, but it's still worth stopping at their newer location further up I-75 to grab one last sweet treat before heading back down to the city. The family-owned bakery sells yeast and cake donuts made the old-fashioned way, but with a modern twist. Re-experience your favorite childhood cereals on top of a Fruity Pebbles or Lucky Charms round or indulge in a Maple Double Bacon pastry. They even sell a Oreo vegan donut for an animal-product-free sugar high.
ASK FOR: A S’mores donut, which features a housemade glob of marshmallow perched on top of a chocolate and graham cracker-coated yeast donut.
Photo: Jesse Fox