Thorntons Derby Day Celebrations + $25 Gift Card Giveaway #bourbonballdonut #thorntonsbourbonkitchen


This post is sponsored by Thorntons. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Having only lived in the Louisville KY area for 8 years, I had no idea of the 2 week celebration that occurs locally before Derby Day!   It kicks off with a fantastic air show followed by the best fireworks show I have ever seen called Thunder over Louisville and the celebrations continue right up until Derby Day.  We are talking marathons, hot air ballon races and glows, chow wagons galore, Derby balls, the Pegasus parade and the list goes on and on.

One great way to celebrate the Derby Celebrations is by enjoying a trio of bourbon-themed limited time offerings, just in time for Derby season from Thorntons!  

Did you know that at Thorntons, a real cook prepares real hot food in a real kitchen, all in about three minutes – that’s only one minute more than the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” – meaning, Thorntons’ guests won’t have to sacrifice taste or quality for speed. Thorntons and Johnsonville have teamed up with local Louisville food artisan, founder of Bourbon Barrel Foods and developer of Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball donut flavor profile, Chef Matt Jamie, to bring bourbon to the forefront of your Derby party this year.  Without further ado…an introduction to the trio of bourbon-themed limited time offerings:

Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball Donut- rich, smooth, bourbon cream-filled doughnut covered in bourbon-flavored chocolate icing and topped with a pecan

Johnsonville BBQ Bourbon Sausage- bold, hardwood smoked BBQ sausage with a kick of bourbon

Thorntons’ Bourbon Vanilla Latte– combination of two well-loved flavors – bourbon and vanilla – all in one latte

All products are available for purchase now through May at your local Thorntons (the Bourbon Ball Donut is only offered at Thorntons stores in Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana).  Now, you can pre-order Bourbon Ball Donuts by the dozen for all your party guests (available where Bourbon Ball Donuts are sold) by visiting your local Thorntons; three-dozen minimum on all pre-orders.

Keep an eye out for Thorntons Bourbon Kitchen which is hitting the road this Derby season in a food truck celebrating the trio of bourbon-inspired offerings.


Thorntons limited time offerings celebrate Kentucky’s bourbon heritage and are designed to perfectly capture the spirit of Kentucky’s favorite time of the year!  Remember that Thorntons is a great place for your go-to shop for Derby party, my particular favorite… their nugget ice which is perfect for a Kentucky Derby tradition, mint julep cocktails!

We always have a great time celebrating with friends and family during Derby and this year the kids and I had a great time creating some great Derby centerpieces and games for the kids to play while watching the races!  We taste-tested the Donuts, Latte and Sausages and all were quickly consumed and the kids wanted more, especially the donuts!

Derby Centerpiece:

Eating Johnsonville BBQ Bourbon Sausage while watching the races with Jockey Hats:

Drawing the horses names each race to see who wins while enjoying Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball Donuts!


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Thorntons’ is generously offering a $25 gift card to a lucky winner!

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