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Hot mini-doughnut, Boise? This new shop makes orders fresh. (And doughnut milkshakes!)

The Dapper Doughnut shop has opened in Garden City, and the place is pretty sweet.

OK, really sweet — especially if you order a doughnut milkshake.

New to the Boise area, the Las Vegas-based chain specializes in hot mini-doughnuts made fresh to order.

“It’s fun,” says Stephanie Hurtado, who owns the franchise location at 6711 N. Glenwood St. with her mom, Melinda. “Because you get to pick what you want, and you get to watch them being made in front of you.”

Cake doughnuts are fried up fresh throughout the day and stored hot. The Dapper machine can crank out more than 500 in an hour. “When we see a car pulling up, we turn the machine on and we start letting them go,” Hurtado says.

Mini doesn’t mean small on flavor. Dapper’s cake doughnuts are light and moist, but with “a little bit of crunchiness,” Hurtado says. “I just had a guy buy 48 of them plain. He’s like, ‘They’re good by themselves.’ ”

Um, dude? Do some toppings. The 24 sauce and sprinkle options range from powdered and cinnamon sugar to Blueberry Lemon Glaze, PB+J and Loco Coco.

Doughnuts cost $4.99 for six (you can pick two toppings), $7.99 for 12 (three toppings), $14.99 for 24 (four toppings) and $27.99 for 48 (six toppings).

The Dapper Doughnut sells milk, coffee and juice. However, as customers quickly grasp, this ain’t exactly Dunkin’ Donuts.

Seriously, there’s a 16-ounce doughnut milkshake ($5.99)? For reals?

A doughnut milkshake? Breakfast of champions. A customer ordered one at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of business, along with a 24-pack of doughnuts, owner Stephanie Hurtado says. The Dapper Doughnut

“It’s definitely sweet,” Hurtado admits with a laugh: “Like, I can’t do more than a couple sips.”

Among the current featured flavors? Strawberry Bella and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

“You take a couple doughnuts,” she says, “crumble them up, put in milk, then ice cream, then sauces, then you blend them up. And then top it with whipped cream. And we put another little doughnut on your straw.”

That’s crazy sauce.

Speaking of sauce — if you still have a sugar hankering after you order doughnuts, ask for a side of free dipping sauce.

“If people want it, we’ll give it to them,” Hurtado says.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. (Note: On May 10, the shop won’t open until 7 a.m.). The Dapper Doughnut also caters.

The shop will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, May 18, including face painting from 10 a.m. to noon.

Hurtado managed a hamburger chain restaurant in Meridian after relocating from Southern California five years ago. After her mom visited and didn’t find enough doughnut shops to her liking, the two teamed up for this Dapper Doughnut store.

Founded in 2015, the Dapper Doughnut chain has expanded quickly. The Garden City location is its first in Idaho and 36th overall, Hurtado says.

So far, customers seem to enjoy watching their doughnuts get made.

“It’s kind of like the Cold Stone (Creamery) experience,” Hurtado says. “Except doughnuts.”

Online: thedapperdoughnut.com.

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