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The Birthday Behavior doughnut.EXPAND
The Birthday Behavior doughnut.
Courtesy of the Salty Donut

The Salty Donut Celebrates Three Years With Limited-Edition Birthday Doughnut

This weekend marks three years since the Salty Donut debuted in Wynwood as Miami's first craft doughnut shop, slinging maple bacon, tres leches, and guava and cheese flavors.

It's also been two years since the business moved into its flagship store at the Wynwood Arcade. Co-founders Andy and Amanda Rodriguez spent about a year operating as a pop-up while they waited for construction and permit approvals. Since then, the Salty Donut has captured the hearts and stomachs of thousands in Miami with its exceptional flavors, often resulting in hour-long lines that wrap around the storefront.

"We're so blessed to have such incredible customers and teammates that allow us to do what we love to do every day," Andy Rodriguez says. "Amanda and I are as excited today as we were the first day we opened. It feels like Salty is becoming an adult."

Beginning today, December 14, the shop will launch the Birthday Behavior doughnut ($5.25), a limited-edition flavor consisting of homemade funfetti cake infused with Froot Loop syrup and wrapped in a 24-hour brioche doughnut with circus-scented white chocolate glaze and edible sparkles. The first 50 customers who purchase the doughnut this weekend (on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings) will receive a "birthday pack" filled with Salty Donut swag including a tote bag, a glass can, stickers, and Intelligentsia holiday-blend coffee.

The Salty Donut Celebrates Three Years With Limited-Edition Birthday DoughnutEXPAND
Courtesy of the Salty Donut

As Andy and Amanda reflect on three years in Wynwood, they reminisce on some of their favorite flavors. "The sticky bun doughnut has to be my absolute number one," Andy says. "I remember the first time we went to Knaus Berry Farm to figure out how we were going to make it. Definitely our best and craziest doughnut launch of all time, but it's pretty closely followed by our flan 'croughnut' we made this year."

Sometime in early 2019, the couple will open a second location in South Miami adjacent to the former Fox's Sherron Inn, a local icon that closed in 2015 after operating nearly 70 years. The shop will occupy about 1,300 square feet and offer a spacious outdoor courtyard and an open kitchen so fans can watch the baking process.

"In the next couple of years, we want to continue to do what we do but better," Andy says. "We want to keep creating flavors that make people wonder how in the world we do it. Every doughnut we come up with has to be better than the last."

The Salty Donut's Birthday Doughnut. Available Friday, December 14, through Sunday, December 23, at the Salty Donut, 50 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-925-8126; saltydonut.com. $5.25 each. Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. till the doughnuts are sold out, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. until sold out.

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