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That's Voodoo Doughnuts, the artistic bakery that skates right on the edge.

Voodoo Doughnuts is the brain child of Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon, friends from the Portland area. They spin an artist's tale about learning their trade from grizzled veterans in California before returning to work their magic – voodoo magic, naturally – on the Portland scene.

The Denver branch – Voodoo Doughnuts' fourth – opened January 15 amid much hullabaloo. Literally – the line was out the door and around the block. People barely knew what they were waiting in line for. But they were determined to wait.

Voodoo Doughnuts is known for getting creative with their concoctions and their naming. Noteable concoctions include bacon and maple on a raised doughnut, cereal topped confections, candy-topped cake doughnuts and ones topped with crushed cookies. They're likely to send consumers into a sugar coma.

To make more traditional doughnut flavorings just as creative, the old staples get a new spin. Rasberry's Romeo, Portland Cream, McMinnville Cream… Some delights, like the grape ape – expect grape-flavored powder – and Voodoo Bubble – bubblegum dust and a piece of bubble gum – combine the best of both worlds.

Valentine's Day guide

Some doughnuts are especially… apropos for Valentine's Day. Ain't That a Peach, peach fritter doughnut, for when you're feeling your Valentine is a peach. If you should happen to break up before Valentine's Day, the Voodoo Doll has a pretzel stake through his rasberry-filled heart. Then there's the Cockandballs.

Voodoo Doughnuts is open Wednesday through Sunday around the clock. The line is no longer out the door and around the block – but it does stretch to the door itself. Treat your Valentine – or put a hex on your ex.

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