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Bashas’ announces finalists for doughnut flavor contest

donutsPHOENIX — After opening a contest to design a new doughnut flavor last month, Bashas’ Supermarkets has announced 13 finalists ahead of National Donut Day.

The grocery store chain said it received more than 100 entries for its second-annual Donut Flavor Craze Contest, which allowed kids ages 6 through 18 to come up with a new flavor. The 13 finalists were selected based on criteria including “creativity, flavor combination and individuality,” according to a statement.

Bashas’ said the winning doughnut will be selected on May 30, just a few days prior to National Donut Day, which is on June 2. Ten percent of the proceeds on Donut Day will go to The Salvation Army.

The company announced in a press release the following flavors as finalists:

Banana Split Sundae — A plain doughnut with banana cream filling, strawberry icing and chocolate sauce with crushed ice cream cones; submitted by Chloe, age 11, in Litchfield Park

Blueberry Cheesecake — A long doughnut with blueberry filling, cream cheese and blueberry icing; submitted by Sabrina, age 14, in Maricopa

Caramel Apple Fritter — An apple fritter with apple sauce inside, topped with apples and a caramel glaze; submitted by Landon, age 8, in Peoria

Chocolate M&M Donut — As the name suggests, it’s chocolate with white chocolate frosting and mini M&Ms on top; submitted by Tanner, age 6, in Flagstaff

Dole Whip Donut — Pineapple filling on the inside of this treat is complimented by lemon, powdered sugar and yellow sprinkles all on top; submitted by Macy, age 16, in Surprise

Holy Cannoli — A plain doughnut with frosting created by mixing mascarpone cheese, chocolate chips and cinnamon is covered in crushed cannoli shells; submitted by Waylon, age 8, in Phoenix

Key Lime Pie — A glazed doughnut with key lime filling and topped with graham cracker crumbs; submitted by Allie, age 12, in Surprise

The Majestic, Unitastic Pop in Your Mouth Donut — Its name is a handful, but this doughnut has an array of colors with sprinkles mixed in the batter and Fruit Loops on top; submitted by Lily, age 16, in Tucson

Mint Chip — A chocolate doughnut with mint chocolate frosting is topped with mini chocolate chips and green sprinkles; submitted by Bryssa, age 9, in Queen Creek

The Pancake — A doughnut with maple filling is topped with glaze, cinnamon, powdered sugar and bacon crumbles; submitted by Austen, age 9, in Litchfield Park

Princess Donut — A pink doughnut has both cotton candy-flavored and bubble gum-flavored icing, topped with pink coloring and sprinkles; submitted by Morgan, age 9, in Mesa

Salted Caramel Mocha — A doughnut topped with chocolate icing, caramel and sea salt that includes cappuccino filling; submitted by Halle, age 15, in Mesa

Sprinkled Strawberries & Cream — A Bavarian cream-filled donut with strawberry frosting and white & pink sprinkles; submitted by Aiden, age 8, in Avondale

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