Monday, June 8, 2009

Hinkley Bakery, Jackson, MI

The one place in Jackson that truly captured our hearts was the quaint old Hinkley bakery. It played the role of the devil in that it got us hooked on to that dreaded cardiologist inviting deep fried sweet evil - doughnuts. Hinkley made some of the softest cushiest ones around.
They are a small family business - the entire family is hard at work behind the counter catering to the long lines of fans that throng the shop. They are rather quirky - open for just 4 days a week and only from 5:30 AM to 1:00 PM. You enter the old rickety store which hasn't probably gotten an update since World War II.
As you look around, their loaded shelves are lots of sugary treats like cookies, pecan pies, raisin breads but the one singular item that people carry out in droves are their classic doughnuts and doughnut holes. One bite of these and you skip the Krispy Kremes of the world. And unlike KK, these hold their own long after they've left the fryer.

Just rightly glazed and not overly sweet, slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We've gone on to eat at more famous doughnut places that have made it into 'Best Of' lists. Sadly, this is one place that deserves it's place in the sun; its as good or better than most of those and we wish them all the best!
Hinkley Bakery
700 S Blackstone St.
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 782-1122


  1. I SO wish I could sample these! :( I just had a horrfific, bone-shilling encounter with a dud doughnut (read my blog), so I need some stellar ones to perk me up! ;)

  2. I must have missed something with these. I don't honestly see anything to write home about with Hinkley's. I can think of 4 or 5 places that are far superior to this place. Their doughnuts are too greasy and heavy.