Cheese Curd Donuts on a Random Weekday-Yes, Please! Our visit to Holy Donuts Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

By Angie

July 19, 2023

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That Facebook advertising gets me sometimes and I saw this ad one day recently.

The ad read, “We have leftover curd from the Cheese Curd Festival this weekend, so we are bringing the flavors to Eau Claire…” with date/time/location details and a picture of Ellsworth cheese curds and a paper boat of deliciousness.
The ad read, “We have leftover curd from the Cheese Curd Festival this weekend, so we are bringing the flavors to Eau Claire…” with date/time/location details and a picture of Ellsworth cheese curds and a paper boat of deliciousness.

Cheese Curds

Before I continue, I should probably explain a cheese curd, for the readers who are not Wisconsinites. Cheese curds are well known to Wisconsinites as sacred and delicious.

Basically, cheese curds are baby cheese. As fresh as it gets. If you eat cheese curds fresh, you know they are good when they squeak in your teeth.

Pro Tip: If your cheese curds stop squeaking, put them in the microwave for about 5 to 10 seconds to get the fresh taste and squeak back.

Angie and Jeff with fresh Ellsworth cheese curds along the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Angie and Jeff with fresh Ellsworth cheese curds along the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Holy Donuts Eau Claire

Holy Donuts had announced they were in town with Cheese Curd Donuts and we decided we’d better go and see what this is all about!

The Facebook event details stating it was our last chance to try Cheese Curd Mini Donuts with a list of flavors including Strawberry Cheesecake and The Breakfast Donut with the same picture from the advertisement.
The Facebook event details stating it was our last chance to try Cheese Curd Mini Donuts with a list of flavors including Strawberry Cheesecake and The Breakfast Donut with the same picture from the advertisement.

When we arrived the day of the event to beautiful Phoenix Park in Eau Claire ready for our unique cheese curds treat, we quickly found the Holy Donuts truck parked in the typical spot when it visits, selling their non-cheese curd mini donut treats on other summer days.

Holy Donuts truck and line of customers gathered.
Holy Donuts truck and line of customers gathered.

As we looked at the menu I realized these were going to be mini donuts with toppings that included cheese curd pieces and not cheese curds with donut toppings. I still maintain the advertisement sounded like they could have been cheese curds with donut toppings though.

We have had Holy Donuts mini donuts in the past and they are still worth a midday break in the middle of the week. We enjoyed a mixed order, but doubled up on the Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake, and Breakfast varieties so we wouldn’t have to share those. We got two to share, a Glaze N Sprinkles and Butterfinger Bomb to round out our order of 8.

Menu for Holy Donuts.
Menu for Holy Donuts.

They were still delicious, even if they weren’t the cheese curds we were hoping for. (Would someone get on that unique cheese curds idea, by the way?)

Us with our Holy Donuts.
Us with our Holy Donuts.

Eau Claire Sculpture Tour

We also took a few moments to walk around the lovely Phoenix Park and enjoy a couple of the sculptures from the Nation’s Largest Sculpture Tour right here in our town!

Jeff high fives Phoenix Park dog.
Jeff high fives Phoenix Park dog.

These are just a few of the many sculptures you can see in Phoenix Park.

Angie peeks from the wood pizza slice, so named by Jeff.
Angie peeks from the wood pizza slice, so named by Jeff.

For us, sometimes thrifty living includes a little splurge from a local food truck in the middle of an average weekday to keep us entertained and willing to eat at home for most of the other meals that week. And, we always try to live like we’re traveling, even in our own backyard!

Views from Phoenix Park of Downtown Eau Claire.
Views from Phoenix Park of Downtown Eau Claire.