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This "cider donut" has created a map that will help you find the best cider donuts.

This "cider donut" has created a map that will help you find the best cider donuts.

Fall is in full swing, and one New England resident wants to make sure you enjoy seasonal treats as efficiently as possible.

What is it? The New England Cider Donut Map is exactly what it sounds like: a resource that will help you access autumn pastries.

It was created by self-proclaimed "cider maker" Alex Schwarz, who started the project in 2020, categorizing over 350 variations between fresh and warm options or pre-baked store-bought ones. Here's the map you can save on Google Maps:

What they're saying? Schwarz spoke with Sasha Pfayfer on the "All Accounted For" program about where their inspiration for the project came from and why they love sweets so much.

About what makes a good cider donut:

A great cider donut - you'll look at the level of doneness. What's the density of the donut's crumb? Does the dough really have an apple flavor? But I think the most important element is actually the ambiance and how you perceive it, right? For example, if they are made hot and fresh right in the orchard. It's a completely different experience than buying them at a show when they're cold in a plastic box.

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They went as far as Vermont for cider donuts:

I mean, I've traveled all over New England and even northern Vermont. There are some wonderful places. If you're familiar with maple cream*, you can get maple cream and cider donuts.

*Maple cream is depicted and described below:

And their ideas for the optimal consumption of cider donuts:

I believe it should be eaten slowly. Maybe close your eyes to feel the breeze, the wind, and the crunchy leaves under your feet while you eat the donut.

I think the best experience is to eat it on the spot while it's fresh. But there's a little secret I'll share for you: for folks, if you have a leftover donut from yesterday, put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. You'll have that hot experience again.

And what's next?

Schwarz also reviews the donuts they eat on their Instagram, directing followers to the best pieces of fried dough. And soon the map may expand beyond New England. "I mean, anywhere apples grow and there are fruit orchards, you can try a cider donut. So, you know, Washington state, New York state - I think there might be some sort of global expansion happening here. Who knows?