Stephen Simon likes to make doughnuts inspired by current events, but this time, he wasn’t sure exactly how he would.

“I didn’t know if I was going to touch this one because it’s very, very sensitive,” said Simon, owner of JB Bakery in Burlington.

Then he noticed that a bakery in Rochester, N.Y., was making doughnuts depicting Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the immunologist President Donald Trump frequently calls to the podium at White House briefings to deliver updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

“I saw how the other doughnut shop did it,” Simon explained. “I said, ‘I can do it better than that.’”

Stephen “Steve the Baker” Simon at JB Bakery in Burlington puts out some of his butterscotch "COVID cream”-filled doughnut dipped in “quarantini" sprinkles and adorned with the face of Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has become a household name during the pandemic.
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Stephen “Steve the Baker” Simon at JB Bakery in Burlington puts out some of his butterscotch "COVID cream”-filled doughnut dipped in “quarantini" sprinkles and adorned with the face of Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has become a household name during the pandemic.

If you want the Fauci doughnut at JB’s, go early. Since Simon, who goes by “Steve the Baker,” introduced them Friday, they’ve been selling out every day.

Simon admits that he lost some sleep over the recipe. This Fauci special has butterscotch “COVID cream," “quarantini” sprinkles, and the famous doctor’s face right in the center. The butterscotch is a touch they normally don’t add to cream doughnuts. That’s to align with the times, Simon said: “Everything now is so unusual.”

These special doughnuts, which should be available for a couple more weeks, have been popular with nurses, Simon said. Seeing them excited over the new addition makes him glad.

“They’re the ones who are dealing with this on the front lines,” Simon said before returning to making more Fauci dough. “I think everyone in the food industry is doing what they can to help the first responders. This is what JB’s is doing.”

Joining “Steve the Baker” Simon and the Dr. Fauci doughnuts are (from left) Bret Decillis, Ingie Akdemir, and Rebekah Harris.
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Joining “Steve the Baker” Simon and the Dr. Fauci doughnuts are (from left) Bret Decillis, Ingie Akdemir, and Rebekah Harris.