The trend in donuts has been brilliant, fun pastry chefs trying to out-do themselves with crazy fillings and toppings. The antidote to that trend is Hans’ Bakery in Anoka.
I heard it was crazy there, with people lining up – so after the WCCO Noon show two weeks ago, I drove up 169 to Anoka (30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis) to see what all the fuss was about.
There was a line – that’s for sure! And this is at 1:30 in the afternoon on a weekday!
But people were so nice, so excited to have this bakery open again. It was a legend, then fell on hard times, then closed down. Kind of parallel to the life of the new owner: who was up, then down, now up again.
My trip was to find out if the donuts were good. And they are! They’re great!
The Bee-Hive is the legendary giant cake – it reminded me of the cream puffs I would get at the Wisconsin State Fair, except with a custard filling. Hans wisely sells “Bee stings” – single servings.
They also sell these Texas Donuts – just enormous things. They’re perfect!
I love a redemption story, a come-from-behind story, and it doesn’t get much better than this small-town bakery in Anoka. A great story, with a great tasting donut. Go get it!
1423 5th Avenue
Anoka, Minnesota 55303-2742