Darling Doughnuts Coming To Downtown Saratoga In March

Formerly a pop-up business, the new Broadway location will offer a rotating cast of doughnut flavors.

Darling Doughnuts
A sampling of some of Darling Doughnuts' beautiful donut flavors. (Darling Doughnuts)

In just three months, Saratoga Springs’ doughnut game will be expanding again. Back in December, a new late-night spot, Taquero Tacos and Donuts, opened up on Putnam Street, joining South Broadway’s longtime Dunkin’ location. And now, a third doughnut outpost is set to open this March. Darling Doughnuts, previously a pop-up shop selling gourmet, house-made donuts, is slated to open a storefront at 441 Broadway. Once open, Darling Doughnuts will become the only shop fully dedicated to doughnut-making in Downtown Saratoga.

“I’ve developed more than 75 flavors since I started Darling Doughnuts in the summer of 2018,” says Darling Doughnuts’ Founder and Co-owner Natascha Pearl-Mansman. “I currently have 50 flavors on the menu, but we certainly won’t be making all 50 every day!” Instead, Pearl-Mansman plans to offer about a dozen flavors daily and rotate through her variegated lineup of doughnut recipes.

On the menu will be both full-size doughnuts and minis, as well as “doughrogies” (Pearl-Mansman’s own creation, a donut-pierogi hybrid with fresh fruit filling). Pearl-Mansman says that her personal favorites are the fruit-flavored donuts such as Blue Strazzberry and Lemon Poppyseed. “All my flavors are made with real ingredients rather than extracts, so I think you can really taste the difference,” she says. A perennial customer favorite has been Burnt Butter Pecan. “The glaze recipe was actually created by my great-grandmother for her cookies,” she says. “It goes perfectly on a doughnut.” In addition to all that variety, Darling Doughnuts will also offer coffee and tea to pair with its selection of sweets.

Another mouthwatering preview of Darling Doughnuts’ wares. (Natascha Pearl-Mansman)

The inside of the space at 441 Broadway, which used to be the Swedish Hill Winery, is currently undergoing a major transformation. Pearl-Mansman plans to brighten the location up with some fun, bold colors and a blend of both old and new decor. “There is some shiplap [siding] and beadboard paneling, as well as subway tile and metal accents,” says Pearl-Mansman, about her plans for the unique, retro interior. “We’re even planning on having a cool neon sign for the front.”

Born and raised in Glens Falls, Pearl-Mansman went to college in Brooklyn, where she originally studied classical music, dance and fine art. “I actually have no formal training in baking, but it’s always been a passion of mine,” she says. It was after the birth of her daughter in 2017 that Pearl-Mansman decided to turn her doughnut-baking passion into a business, partly as an effort to earn enough money to stay at home with her daughter. Starting out as a pop-up store at special events throughout the Capital Region, Darling Doughnuts quickly distinguished itself with its equally flavorful and eye-catching dougnuts. In 2019, Pearl-Mansman partnered with another upstate local, with doughnut shop dreams, Co-owner Glenn Severance, and not even a full year later, the two are on the cusp of opening their first brick-and-mortar store. “Without the support of my husband and family, I wouldn’t have gotten off the ground,” says Pearl-Mansman. “I definitely think this area has been yearning for artisan doughnuts, and that’s part of the reason [why] my business took off so quickly.”

Darling Doughnuts’ storefront hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 9am-6pm. The doughnut shop might still offer collaborative pop-up events with other area restaurants, too. Pearl-Mansman says that she’s been talking with the owner of Scoop Gelato in Troy about potentially making some special doughnut-gelato sandwiches. “Throughout my two years as a pop-up shop, I’ve been fortunate to meet with many local businesses,” she says. “I would love to be able to do more [with them] once the store opens.”

Jeff Dingler
Jeff Dingler

Jeff Dingler is saratoga living's Senior Writer. He's a graduate of Skidmore College and a professional musician.

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