by Sarah Steimer
I remember in high school when, for whatever reason, everyone went crazy for Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I didn’t get it.
Madsen Donuts, in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, will remain forever in my mind as having the best doughnuts. My all-time favorite has been the simple cake doughnut with chocolate icing. And anyone who moans about cake doughnuts being too dry is clearly getting their doughnuts from a below-par baker.
Another popular favorite (judging from my family) is the creme stick. It’s simple: pastry, creme filling, chocolate icing. Madsen also carries cake with cinnamon and sugar, cake with jimmies, cinnamon twists, jelly-filled, powdered cake, cake with nuts and a couple more I’m sure I’m forgetting. But it’s the same, reliable variety each time.
There is nothing complex about the doughnuts that Madsen carries. There’s nothing complex about the store, either, which opened in 1938. There is just enough room to walk in, through a screen door that slams behind you, and order. There will always be a high school or college student to wait on you. And if you order a dozen, they will always tuck your doughnuts away in a white-and-blue-striped box.
It’s part of the charm that is Geneva-on-the-Lake. The store is nestled on the “popular” Lake Erie strip that hosts bars, arcades, diners, mini golf courses and tattoo parlors. A quick walk from the old cottages that line the beach.
One doughnut is $.75, a dozen is $9.
Visit Madsen’s: 5426 Lake Road East, Geneva-On-The-Lake, Ohio, 44041. See another fond review for the doughnuts here.
Photos: Sarah Steimer
*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried.