With colors that look like they came straight from a Silly String can, the donuts at Psycho Donuts live up to their name. Take one bite and there’s no argument that Psycho Donuts is also crazy good.
Since it opened its doors in Campbell, Psycho Donuts has gained a reputation for some of its whacky creations, including donuts named Cereal Killer, Dead Elvis, and the Headbanger. Some of its early donut names that played off psychiatric conditions (such as “Bipolar” and “Manic Malt”) offended those in the mental health community, and most of those out-there names are no longer in use. It now plays with craziness like dead celebrities such as “The Michael Jackson” – a chocolate cake donut with powdered sugar.
I’ve been meaning to check this place out, so I had it on my list of “places to check out when I rent a car.” That happened this past Thanksgiving weekend when my niece was in town and I rented a car to show her around. First stop: Psycho Donuts.
We actually visited its second location in San Jose because it was more convenient to my niece’s shopping mission (being somewhat close to Santana Row). The San Jose location is in the lobby of a movie theater. It feels like it might be smaller than the original location, but it does carry some of the same features such as the padded room where you can dress up in crazy outfits and take photos of yourself. The store is more than just donuts but an experience.
As for the donuts, it’s hard to decide what to get but all the donuts we tried we enjoyed, including my favorite – the Clumsy Crunch, a chocolate cake donut with crumbled Butterfinger toppings. Nothing’s normal or what you would expect at Psycho, and that includes several donuts shaped as squares.
There’s a risk that some Psycho Donuts can be too sweet, but maybe being hopped up on sugar will put you in the right frame of mind for these unique treats.
Psycho Donuts, locations in Campbell and San Jose. Check hours on its website.
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