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By Annie Rice
Artisan bakers and chefs across the country were on mission to restore people’s faith in doughnuts, and in large cities, people have begun worshiping these sugary treats again. But Columbia has been largely bereft of this holy pastry.
Things changed when Harold’s Doughnuts began delivering doughnuts to small businesses in the Columbia area earlier this year.
Owner Michael Urban saw the need for a real doughnut shop in Columbia and decided to take things into his own hands when he got some family recipes for the classic, double-dipped glazed doughnuts.
Now, Harold’s offers a wide range of doughnut flavors from the bizarre to the classics. One of the most popular items is the Maple Bacon, a yeast-raised doughnut topped with a house made maple glaze and thick-cut smoked bacon.
“I want Harold’s to be a new spin on a traditional American classic,” Michael says.
However, if you are more of a traditionalist with your doughnut options, Harold’s also has traditional glazed doughnuts with homemade sprinkles. All of the sprinkles, jams, and doughnut toppings are made from scratch by head chefs Melissa Poelling and Jacob Knerr. Both Melissa and Jacob come in at 3 am every Tuesday to start the cooking process to be able to fulfill delivery orders by 7 am. Harold’s delivers doughnuts to fifty to sixty small businesses a week.
Currently, the business is for deliveries only, but Michael plans to open a walk-in store in Downtown Columbia by late September. And after the shop opens on 114 S. Ninth Street, Michael wants to have Harold’s make home deliveries.
For more information and to schedule deliveries to your small business, go to haroldsdoughnuts.com.