Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Amy Joy Donuts, a small chain, abandoned Illinois.

The Amy Joy Donuts that was the closest to me was located at 7248 North Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, Illinois, just north of Touhy.
Amy Joy Donuts on Milwaukee and Touhy Avenues, Niles, Illinois.
The owner, Herman Blattner, offered over 60 varieties of donuts and sweet rolls. Some flavors and combinations that I'd never seen before or since, like banana frosting on a chocolate cake donut, Honey Dew Mellon, Raisin Sticks, Maple Pecan and so many others.

Believe it or not, Amy Joy had only three varieties of Prune donuts, very popular among the senior crowd. Its the size of their donuts that really stood out. They were about one and one-half times the size of a Dunkin Donut.

The trade name was registered in Illinois in 1957.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.


  1. I discovered the shop after I moved out of the area.
    Stumbled across it by accident on a trip back there.
    Oh man, was it Heaven ! I remember the banana frosting on chocolate cake. IT WAS INCREDIBLE !!! There was also chocolate frosting on a banana donut and a banana frosting rippled over a chocolate frosted regular donut.
    I laughed at the three prune donuts-- prune filled, prune frosting, and prune cake. The gal behind the counter smiled, shrugged, and said "They're very popular with our old customers.
    Now that I am older I wish I had some.
    Years later I wandered back into the NW suburbs hoping to find the shop again. My passenger had one of those new smartphones and looked up the address. Excited I drove us toward Donut Mecca.....
    ...and found a mini-mall where the Amy Joy was supposed to be.

  2. In the late 1970s I worked for the Park Ridge News Agency driving a canvas backed newspaper delivery truck and dropping off bundles of papers for paper carries and stores such as Walgreens. One of my routes on the weekend had me stop at Amy Joy in Niles to drop off the Sun Times and Tribune that they sold in the donut shop. Of course, I often purchased a few donuts after the delivery. I remember they had a terrific variety of tasty donuts to choose from. Now miss the place!


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