The Glazed Donuts From Cothran’s Bakery In Alabama Are So Good, They Practically Melt In Your Mouth
By Lisa Battles|Published September 29, 2023
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When it comes to who makes the very best glazed donuts in Alabama, the claims can be contested as hotly as a dozen fresh out of the fryer. A long-time best-donut title taker, Cothran’s Bakery, began in Gadsden as a Shipley Do-Nuts franchise in 1962 and operated as such until 1994. It was then that the bakery rebranded to become Cothran’s and has since opened a second location in Boaz.
You can make your visit to Cothran’s Bakery a zero-guilt indulgence by erasing the calories with a hike nearby at the stunning Noccalula Falls, which is about 4.5 miles northwest. You can choose from several easy-to-moderate trails in Noccalula Park.