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Buffalo eats up Paula's 'Star Wars' doughnuts

If you didn't get your "Star Wars" doughnuts yet, don't worry. All three Paula's Donuts locations will be in full force baking the treats through the weekend.

Originally a one-day special in celebration of "May the Fourth Be With You" day - celebrated worldwide by "Star Wars" fans - customer demand was so overwhelming that owner Paula Huber decided they would just keep baking.

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"We do have 'em and we're making them to order," Huber said on the phone, catching her breath for a minute. "We'll just keep baking and making them for people. You can't get a fresher Chewbacca anywhere."

The fun doughnuts were the idea of Christy Worthington, Paula's daughter. With a few days of research and help, Worthington created three doughnuts: a Chewbacca peanut stick and frosted Yoda and Stormtrooper with a mix of angel cream and Bavarian cream in both.

The Force is strong with 'Star Wars' doughnuts at Paula's

At 6 a.m. Thursday at the West Seneca location, a line winding through the store was reaching toward the door - and quickly expanding.

"I need two more Yodas," someone bellowed from the back kitchen loud enough to elicit chuckles from the crowd.

The line at Paula's Donuts in West Seneca, at 6:05 a.m., on "May the Fourth Be With You" day. (Toni Ruberto/Buffalo News)

Erin Burch of Orchard Park was one of the people in line to get treats for her children ages 3 and 6. "I had pre-ordered on Tuesday. My kids are 'Star Wars' obsessed. We saw the doughnuts and thought we would surprise them. So I got up early to get them home for breakfast."

Mark Jones, a high school teacher in Amherst, was decked out in his Rogue Squadron jersey in honor of "May the Fourth Be With You" day. He had ordered regular doughnuts for his SAT morning review class, but had no idea there would be "Star Wars" doughnuts, too.

"I thought I would do something nice for the students," he laughing when he learned about the specialty doughnuts.

Yoda doughnuts, left, and two Stormtroopers doughnuts from Paula's Donuts in West Seneca. (Toni Ruberto/Buffalo News)

The tremendous demand for the sweet treats caught Huber by surprise.

"It is so crazy, it's nuts. I can't believe it," Huber said. "I thought we would be a little busier but I can't believe it, the lines are out the door. It's a good thing, a wonderful thing. Next time I will be more prepared."

And there will be a next time, she said. "In December when the movie opens we'll be doing them again," Huber said referencing the next film, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," scheduled to open Dec. 15. And customers already are  making requests.

"Someone in line yelled 'We need R2D2,' " Huber laughed. "The customers have been wonderful - they are so excited."

Paula's Donuts

2319 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda (862-4246)

8560 Main St., Clarence (580-3614)

Southgate Plaza, 936 Union Road, West Seneca (771-1740)



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