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Mr. D's Donuts makes the Super Bowl sweet for the Chiefs, and tastefully roasts the 49ers

Twelve donuts, decorated in the Kansas City Chiefs' colors of red and yellow, sit against a white background. The donuts are decorated with sprinkles and frosting, as well as footballs and the Kansas City Chiefs logo. Some even feature tight end Travis Kelce's jersey or quarterback Patrick Mahomes' face.
Mr. D's Donuts
Mr. D's Donuts in Shawnee is selling Chiefs-themed donuts in advance of this year's Super Bowl. They also often participate in wagers against local restaurants in the cities the Chiefs are set to play.

During this year's NFL playoffs, burning and smashing the Shawnee shop's "Burnt Bills" and "Roasted Ravens" donuts were a good luck charm for Chiefs fans. A similar donut will be available for their Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Since Johnny Chen and his wife, Boggie Otgonbayar, took over Mr. D's Donuts in Shawnee six years ago, the shop's Chiefs-themed treats have become a playoff-season staple.

The pastries are adorned with fondant footballs, jerseys and Chiefs logos. One is frosted to look like quarterback Patrick Mahomes. And over the last few weeks, they've offered s'mores donuts that roast the Chiefs' opponents, literally. The campfire flavor comes from burning marshmallow printed with a logo of the team they're playing.

The tradition started in 2021, when a coffee shop in Buffalo, New York, challenged Mr. D's to a wager and week of taunting on social media.

"At the time, our seasonal flavor was s'mores," Chen said. "We were like, 'hHy, why don't we just put their (the Buffalo Bills') logo on and burn them?'"

So far, no San Francisco establishment has taken Mr. D's up on a wager for this year's Super Bowl matchup.

But don't worry — the roasted '49ers donuts will be available either way.

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