SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut, to Shelton to one of the State’s most popular stops for apple cider doughnuts: Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard.

Owner, Dan Beardsley explains how the orchard transformed into what it is today:

Our family has been on this farm since 1849. In 1973, a school bus lost its breaks and crashed into our dairy barn, and burned it to the ground. So we had no more cider press. That was my grandfathers. In 1999 my father and I opened this cider mill.

Known for its apple pies, and cider, the mill has become a hot spot for apple cider doughnuts. Beardsley explains what makes them so savory:

What we do is a little different from most places. We finish them in this conveyor oven, and that makes the outside just a little bit crunchy. The dough, it’s made with cider. And it also has puree’d apples in there. So it’s not just a cinnamon sugar doughnut; it’s an actual apple cider doughnut.

On weekends, families can stop by the orchard to check out the cider pressing process. But you can stop in for a doughnut any time!

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