The menu at The Doughnut Club at Backyard on Blake in Denver, with more than two-dozen varieties. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

Whether you enjoy them glazed or filled or even protein-packed, a new Denver business has a doughnut for that.

Earlier this summer, The Doughnut Club took over a doughnut hole-sized corner at Backyard on Blake in the River North Art District. The spot used to be occupied by Peteybird, which has moved its ice cream sandwich business online in the pandemic.

At The Doughnut Club, customers can choose from more than two dozen varieties displayed daily on the wall. There are the really sugary kinds like Circus Animal ($3.50) with birthday cake glaze and Animal Crackers on top, or Cookie Monster ($3.75) with Oreo-infused cookie butter glaze, Chips Ahoy pieces plus chocolate chips. All doughnuts come with their doughnut holes still displayed in the middle; “keep your hole” is a curious tagline for the business.

The raised cinnamon doughnut from Dough Bar, with 11 grams of protein and a wheat-bread color and texture. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

But The Club’s most curious facet comes in the form of raised or gluten-free cake “doughnuts” packed with 11-12 grams of protein inside. These Dough Bar doughnuts are meant to be a healthier alternative; they’re what owners Ondrea and Marquez Fernandez competed with on “Shark Tank.” The couple left the show with an investor and started their business in Fort Collins before expanding to this Denver storefront.

Today, their revamped recipe for protein doughnuts includes wheat, malted barley and almond flours as well as milk protein isolate. Try one if you’re, say, on a doughnut-specific diet. But don’t expect the protein doughnut to taste much like its namesake, minus the glaze on top.

For a more pure and diabetic experience, grab a good old fashioned doughnut at the Denver store (though they don’t actually make old-fashioneds). The premium Mona Lisa ($5) is impressive — face-sized, Nutella-filled and topped with milk chocolate glaze plus edible gold paint.

Both The Doughnut Club’s and Dough Bar’s doughnuts are available online for shipping across the country. Those packages come with individual DIY glaze and toppings for at-home re-heating and some “Nailed It!”decorating fun.

3040 Blake St., 720-643-7996, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, doughnutclub.com, doughbardoughnuts.com

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