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Voodoo Doughnuts: just fun or the commodification of a minority religion?

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A report by Heather Greene for The Wild Hunt.

The Portland-based doughnut company Voodoo Doughnuts announced earlier this year that it was expanding its brand to Orlando, Florida and would be offering its unique take on doughnuts at the Universal Studios theme park. Its regular doughnut offerings have names such as Voodoo Doll, Memphis Mafia, Gay Bar, and Cock-N-Balls. They also serve the ubiquitous powdered sugar cake doughnut as well.

The store opened last week with limited hours, and will hold its grand opening sometime this spring.

Voodoo Doughnuts is the brainchild of Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon. According to their site, the two were friends and wanted to start a business that would “fit into an extraordinary Portland Oregon business climate. Something fun, different, and one for the ages.” They set up in an area of the city called Old Town in 2003.

Since its opening, the doughnut…

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