Donut Worry go to McHappy’s

I can’t lie, I love my Tim Hortons too… Stumbling upon Athens, Ohio your everyday Tim Hortons latte and donut begins to compete a little more with the hidden gems found throughout the bricks of Athens. McHappy’s Bake Shoppe a donut shop that speaks for itself “smiles by the dozen.” It’s actually a funny story of how I stumbled upon this hidden sweet treat gem. Training for the Athens half marathon, I began to run a little more outside the bricks and over the bridge, around mile five I was mind blown by the things that existed just over this bridge. Over this bridge and pass the hocking McHappy’s was almost like grandmas house, a little brick building that sums up the simplicity of Athens, Ohio. Forty years of baking fresh donuts and pastries McHappy’s expanded it’s brand to five locations but the Athens store just felt like home. That feeling of sitting in your kitchen and grandma just baked so many cookies, the smell fills the air and you just can’t pick one. Thank goodness it’s only 9.50 for a dozen because getting one would almost be a crime.

McHappy's Bake Shoppe
Gloomy days, sweeter donuts. Being snowed in with a maple glazed donut makes the snow fall sweeter.

Do you ever have that feeling where nothing is sweet enough? When one “timbit” doesn’t cut it, well McHappy’s Bake Shoppe hits the spot. The wire racks filled with mouth watering donuts glazed to perfection, some jelly filled others maple filled, it wasn’t just a donut it was a taste of satisfaction. One dozen later and I was smiling, ear to ear my sweet tooth caved. The taste of the maple cream filled donut was something you just can’t find at your commercial coffee shop. If you aren’t craving the sweet glazed donut, don’t worry they have fresh made muffins, strong brewed coffee and a drive through for these wintery months. Yes, my mouth is watering thinking about the sweet satisfaction that filled the air of McHappy’s…”donut worry” i’ll be back for more. All in all Athens is pretty “sweet” it gives you this desire to be healthy, to live a fit life but some times that motivation from your half-marathon training leads you to sweetest of them all; a little brick bakery, called McHappy’s.

4 tasty mug desserts to make in your dorm

Let’s face it: The dining halls don’t always cut it. Especially with winter coming, some times, all we want to do is indulge in a seasonal treat because trudging through the winter all the way to Shively or Nelson becomes a hassle.

But it’s also impossible to make quality treats in your dorm without access to a stove or oven — until now. So, to keep your winter warm and sweet, I present:

4 tasty mug desserts you only need your microwave to make for the holidays.

(All are made with ingredients conveniently sold at the markets).

1. Cinnamon roll in a mug

Mug Deserts No. 1: Cinnamon roll in a mug.
Cinnamon roll in a mug.

Ingredients Needed: Apple Sauce, Veggie Oil, Milk, VanillaExtract, Flour, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Baking Powder, Salt, Cream Cheese, and Sugar.

You can read how to make this recipe in under three minutes in the link below.




 2. Banana bread in a mug


Mug Deserts No. 2: Banana bread in a mug.
Banana bread in a mug.

Ingredients Needed: Flour, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Egg, Vanilla Extract, Veggie Oil, Milk, and 1 Banana.

To see how to make this in less than four minutes, click below.




 3. Nutella cake in a mug


Mug Deserts No. 3: Nutella cake in a mug.
Nutella cake in a mug.

Ingredients Needed: Flour, Sugar, Egg, Cocoa Powder, Nutella, Milk, Veggie Oil, and Cream (for the icing, if desired).

Click below to see step by step directions on how to make this tasty treat in your microwave.



 4. Fudge s’mores cake in a mug


Mug Deserts No. 4: Fudge s'mores cake in a mug.
Fudge s’mores cake in a mug.

Ingredients Needed: Graham Crackers (crushed into crumbs), Butter, Sugar, Egg, Vanilla Extract, Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Salt, and Marshmallows.

The link below tells you how to make this in your dorm in just five minutes!



All of these mug desserts contain ingredients that can be found at the markets, on campus or in the CVS on Court Street. Luckily, all contain similar ingredients, so do some experimenting with each one in the comfort of your dorm this coming winter!