It’s hard (but not impossible) to go wrong with sweet, deep-fried dough. But there are some places that just, well, do it better than others. They use unique ingredients. They pile on never-before-seen toppings. Or they just serve up a hot, fresh donut that melts in your mouth.

Let’s take a moment to give some serious praise to the Dutch, who are largely credited with inventing donuts in the 19th century. They started frying up balls of dough, but there was a problem: cooking the treats all the way through, without burning the outside. One solution? Fill the center with fruit or nuts. The other? Punch a hole in the middle.

So whether you side with the tried-and-true original donut type, or opt for the more adventurous pastry concoctions, there’s a spot out there for you to get your fix. Check out our list of America’s Best Donuts, but please, try not to drool on the screen.

Check out the slideshow above to find out which places can boast serving some of the best donuts in America.

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