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Bringing high-quality, hand crafted gourmet, specialty doughnuts to the Champaign-Urbana area!
James Kyung
Champaign, Illinois
United States
1 Team Member

Campaign is now officially over!  THANK YOU to EVERYBODY that has helped us out along the process.  Whether you donated or helped spread the word of our campaign, we could not have done all this without any of you.  For that we are forever grateful! You have helped bring some tasty doughnuts to the wonderful Champaign-Urbana community.  And we can't wait to feed you these doughnuts! Thank you so much!

If you donated and selected a perk, please be on the lookout for an email on more information on when you can expect to receive them.  Also, if applicable, you will also receive a request for shirt sizes!  
Thanks again! 

UPDATE (11-23-13)

In case you missed it, here's the video of my segment on ciLiving.tv yesterday! Thanks so much to Heather Roberts ciLiving Co-Host and Matt Metcalf, CILiving Co-Host for having me on to share my doughnuts! And watch out for that blowtorch! haha

And remember, we have only 11 days left of the Indiegogo Fundraiser! Be sure to SHARE and spread the word! Cool perks await for any amount of donation! 




UPDATE (11-11-13)

Here's the link to the story the News-Gazette did featuring the story behind Pandamonium Doughnuts that just debuted in Sunday's paper!!! Thanks so much to everyone at the News-Gazette and especially to Don Dodson, for taking time out of their busy schedule to feature us in the paper!  Be sure to check it out to learn more about my doughnuts and how I got the name!  


UPDATE!!! (10-22-13)

Good Evening! I was lucky enough to be invited onto my friend's podcast, Overthinking with Brad Allen, the other night! Brad is my bestest buddy and he's a super talented guy that's been doing this podcast for awhile now. He's interviewed a very diverse and interesting group of individuals, including just recently, Sean Astin (aka Sam from Lord of the Rings fame!). We sat down and we got to talk about the story behind Pandamonium Doughnuts and how it all got started, where the future holds, and the progress of our current Indiegogo fundraising campaign! 

Check it out and listen to my story to get you a better idea of why doughnuts are my life, haha. 



Our Goal

Pandamonium Doughnuts is in the business of creating handcrafted, specialty gourmet doughnuts with a unique twist and introducing these new, innovative creations to the lovely people of the Champaign-Urbana area for the first time.  What sets us apart from other doughnut shops is that we are committed to using only real ingredients: all-natural, organic when available, pure extracts, fresh, seasonal fruits.  No preservatives, artificial flavoring, and no trans-fat here. 

We use basic ingredients like flour, water, salt, yeast, and eggs to make all our doughnuts.  Every one of our doughnuts are hand prepped, hand rolled, hand cut, hand filled, and fried by hand every morning. 

Consumers will never find industrial pre-made flour mixes or giant pails of artificial icings that are made with all sorts of mystery ingredients in our kitchen. Every single one of our doughnuts and glazes are all natural and made from scratch every day using only the best ingredients. 

These doughnuts will be far from the products that you would find in a grocery store, mass-produced major chains, or the typical doughnut shop by bringing the consumers an inventive and refreshing update on the common pastry we have all grown to love. 

Real people, Real Ingredients, Real Doughnuts.

(some of the delicious doughnuts you can expect to find at the Pandamonium Doughnuts Food Truck!)

Our History

Pandamonium Doughnuts got its start from a crazy idea from the mind of James Kyung of bringing an upgrade to the common pastry we have all grown up eating.  What started as a crazy, unnatural obsession with doughnuts has grown into Pandmonium Doughnuts; a small doughnut operation having a weekly presence at Urbana’s Market at the Square. We have loved every bit of being part of the Farmers Market, from working with the nicest staff ever, meeting all the other wonderful vendors, and meeting every single person that stopped by our booth, we can’t have imagined a better way to start off this doughnut adventure! So, after selling out every weekend at the farmers market and with the current market season coming to an end, our next wish is to use this momentum and experience and expand our operations. 

(another day at the market!)

Our Future

Right now we are a home-kitchen based bakery with the aspirations of moving into a commercial kitchen and continue delivering these doughnuts to the entire C-U area via a new food truck.  With this new food truck, we would be able to continue serving doughnuts after the Farmer’s Market came to an end and also expand our reach in the community.  The food truck would allow us to spread the doughnut love all across the CU area and not limit us to one spot.  You would not have to worry about any doughnut withdrawals!  We would also be able to attend private parties, have a presence at festivals in the area, and more! 

How will our truck work?

Right now, we are in the process of finding a commercial kitchen and signing a long-term contract.  Afterwards, you can expect us to make our doughnuts every morning in the kitchen, and then load up as many doughnuts that will fit in the truck, and drive to a designated location (the locations will be varied) to stay there till we sell out of doughnuts.  Even though our doughnuts will not be made on the truck, our doughnuts will always be fresh, made daily, and always delicious!  

We will also be serving drip coffee (coffee roaster TBD), cold bottled drinks ranging from organic milks and juices, to bottled iced coffees and so on.   

(doughnut addiction!)

Why Indiegogo? (Where you come in!)

Right now, we have put every thing we have into making this dream a reality.  We have bought majority of the smaller equipment and supplies from our own pockets and savings.  Unfortunately, we are still short on funds and are now asking our awesome community to lend their support to bring us to the finish line.   All your help will strictly go into this business and helping it turn from a DREAM into a REALITY.  Your contributions here will not only help get our business into its next phase, but will also help with maintaining our business in the first few months of operation. 

In return, we promise to make some pretty amazing and creative doughnuts and fill all your doughnut needs.  Not to mention we have some really cool rewards (which you can see on the right side) just for helping us out.  Any amount of contributions will help us reach our goal! 

How your pledge will be used:

Couple of things that your contributions would cover would be:

-Truck purchase

-Rebuild of Truck to meet health codes and regulation

-New Flooring

-Shelving Units

-Installation of a hank sink



-Plumbing and Wiring Costs

-Installation of a serving window/awning

-Custom decal work

-All new paint job and Truck Wrap




(our future doughnut mobile!)


The truck, once in our possession, will require a makeover to meet health codes and regulations so we can serve doughnuts in a clean, working service environment.  We would also need to make the truck look beautiful and savvy, so your contributions would help in beautifying the exterior as well!



If we can't reach our goal, we will use whatever was raised and stretch it to cover all the things listed above! Don't worry about your rewards if you donated! You will still get the rewards owed to you for donating :)  

If you can't donate, help us spread the word!

One of the greatest qualities of Champaign-Urbana is it's sense of community.  We hope you will retweet, share, post, and talk about our endeavor to as many people as you can so that one day we can achieve our goal!

  Please spread the word as much as possible. It'll help us more than you know.

•  Feel free to Share on Facebook, Twitter, Email, carrier pigeons, even Snapchat

  There are share tools on IndieGoGo that should make it easy enough.

Whatever happens, thank you all for your continued support of Pandamonium Doughnuts. All this love, means the world to us. We want to keep moving this business forward, with your help.

Thank You!

-James and Marci

We can’t THANK YOU enough for taking the time to check us out and we look forward to serving you some tasty doughnuts in the near future!


-All rewards involving any amount of Free Doughnuts (Free Doughnut, Free 1/2 Dozen, Free Dozen, Free Lifetime) are limited to one time use per visit and cannot be combined with any other offers! The 1/2 Dozen and Dozen can be an assorted selection determined by the perk holder! (Free Lifetime of Doughnuts reward will be emailed at a later time with more details!)

-All rewards involving 'free doughnuts' will involve being mailed a special coupon card to perk holder, entitling them to the respecitve amount of free doughnuts purchased.  

-Those who purchase the "Custom Panda" to "create your own doughnut" will be notified by email on more details.  The created doughnut must be approved by James Kyung.  Afterwards, the doughnut will be featured on the menu upon a determined time by Pandamonium Doughnuts, which the patron will be notified of.  It will be within the first year of business.   

-Test Batch Club members will collectively be emailed a date/time/location of when test batch doughnuts will be available.  It will be based on a first come/first served basis for each session.  No worries though, since this is a lifetime membership, everyone will have plenty of chances to get some free doughnuts!

-Doughnut Dipping Party perk holders will be notified by email on details of the event.  The party will only be accommodated for up to 15 people and will be at a location of choice from perk holder.  The toppings and glaze options will be determined by James Kyung.  Shirt sizes will need to be emailed to Pandamonium Doughnuts once plans are finalized.  

-If applicable, your name will be displayed on our website on a special page dedicated to our supporters!

-Hand-drawn picture of panda enjoying a doughnut will be mailed with any additional perks.

-High fives and Hugs will only be available in person. No virtual high-fives or hugs here, sorry! Also, high-fives are a one-time event, so if patron is not satisfied with the high-fives there are no do overs. So practice!

-Private Doughnut Party (PANDA PARTY) will ONLY be applicable in the Champaign County area (at location of choice).  We will not be able to travel for this party. Sorry!

Find us on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PandaDoughnuts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PandaDoughnutCU

Smile Politely: 



News-Gazette: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/2013-11-10/bacon-apple-fritters-maple-glaze-pandamonium.html

ciLiving: http://www.illinoishomepage.net/story/pandamonium-doughnuts/d/story/PIujmVks8k2ZK0z6WolLqA

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raised by 70 people in 2 months
37% funded
No time left
$9,500 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on December 3, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD

    HUGE THANK YOU*, (1) High-Five*, (1) Giant Panda Hug*

    0 out of 9000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $5USD

    (1) Free Doughnut*: PLUS: HUGE THANK YOU (1) High-Five*, (1) Giant Panda Hug

    2 out of 9000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $15USD

    (1) Free ½ Dozen Doughnuts* PLUS (1) HUGE THANK YOU (1) High-Five, (1) Giant Panda Hug, (1) hand-drawing of a panda enjoying a doughnut by James Kyung*

    13 out of 9000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50USD

    (1) Have your name on the website*, (1) Pandamonium T-shirt, (1) Assorted Button/stickers* (1) FREE DOZEN Doughnuts, (1) Free drink PLUS (1) High-Five, (1) Giant Panda Hug, (1) hand-drawing of a panda enjoying a doughnut

    10 out of 5000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD

    (2) Pandamonium Doughnuts T-shirt, (2) Free Dozen Doughnuts, (2) Free drinks, PLUS (2) Assorted Button/stickers, (50) High-Fives, (50) Giant Panda Hugs, (1) hand-drawing of a panda enjoying a doughnut, (1) Have your name on the website

    3 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $175USD

    Create your own Doughnut to be featured on the menu (time TBD)!* PLUS (2) Pandamonium Doughnuts T-shirt, (3) FREE DOZEN Doughnuts*, (3) Free drinks, (2) Assorted Buttons/stickers, (50) High-Fives, (50) Giant Panda Hugs, (1) hand-drawing of a panda enjoying a doughnut, (1) Have your name on the website

    4 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $275USD

    Be a part of Pandamonium TEST BATCH club for LIFE! What this means: Anytime we make test batches of new flavors, you get an EXCLUSIVE invite to come and try these new creations (for FREE) before the public gets to even see them! In other words: FREE DOUGHNUTS FOR LIFE.* PLUS (2) T-shirt, (3) Free Dozen Doughnuts, (3) Free Drinks, (2) Assortment of buttons/stickers, (50) High-Fives, (50) Giant Panda Hugs, (1) hand-drawing of a panda enjoying a doughnut, (1) Have your name on the website

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $500USD

    Doughnut Dipping Party for up to 15 guests @location of choice. This will be a 2 hr party that includes: glazing demo; numerous toppings, For EACH GUEST: box of mini-doughnuts to decorate and take home; T-shirt and buttons; Voucher for free doughnut.* PLUS (FOR YOURSELF) (2) T-shirt, (5) Free Dozen Doughnuts, (5) drinks, (2) Assortment of buttons/stickers, (50) High-Fives, (50) Giant Panda Hugs, (1) hand-drawing of a panda enjoying a doughnut, (1) Your name on the website in special section

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $1,000USD

    FREE doughnuts for a YEAR.* (Details to be announced) PLUS: () Lifetime membership to TEST BATCH club; () Create your own Pandamonium Doughnut to be featured on the menu (time/duration TBD)…. PLUS (2) Pandamonium Doughnuts T-shirt, (5) Free Dozen Doughnuts, (5) drinks, () Assortment of buttons/stickers, (50) High-Fives, (50) Giant Panda Hugs, (1) hand-drawing of a panda enjoying a doughnut, (1) Have your name on the website in special thank you section

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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