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America's Most Outrageous Doughnuts and Where to Find Them

America's Most Outrageous Doughnuts and Where to Find Them

We’ve come a long way from chocolate glazed

Doughnuts are one of those perfect foods. Thankfully, we’re living in an era when culinary creativity is at an all-time high, and these are some of the most outrageous doughnut flavors out there today.

Voodoo Doughnut, Various Locations: The Memphis Mafia

Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut, which also has locations in Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Taipei, was one of the first shops to put crazy and creative doughnuts on its menu when it opened nearly 15 years ago. While its famous maple bacon bar is still a top seller, one of its most outrageous (and truly delicious) creations is the Memphis Mafia: a banana fritter topped with a drizzle of chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate chips and peanuts.

Find more on Voodoo Doughnut here.

Gourdough’s, Austin: Porkey’s

Gourdough’s has been keeping Austin (doughnuts) weird for years, and there are more than 30 doughnuts, all of varying insanity, on its menu. The most off-the-wall one, however, is the Porkey’s. This doughnut is topped with a spear of cream cheese, bright and spicy jalapeño jelly, and as much Canadian bacon as it’ll hold. It works, and it’s delicious.

Find more on Gourdough’s here.

Rebel Donut, Albuquerque: Dough Boy

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Albuquerque’s Rebel Doughnut made headlines during the Breaking Bad days for its “Blue Sky” doughnut (which looked like it was topped with blue meth), and nowadays it’s still going where few doughnut shops have gone before: Its Dough Boy doughnut is studded with chocolate chips, drizzled with ample chocolate sauce, and topped with a hefty scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Find more on Rebel Doughnut here.

Psycho Donuts, San Jose: Frying Dutchman

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In keeping with World War I-themed names, the Frying Dutchman made by San Jose’s popular Psycho Doughnuts is a “tac-o-nut” (which is just what it sounds like), made with chocolate, filled with apple pie filling, and topped with cheesecake icing, buttermilk streusel, and a drizzle of cinnamon glaze.

Find more on Psycho Donuts here.

Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop, New York City: Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich

One of New York’s most sought-after summertime treats, this melty, messy, absolutely wonderful dessert is up there with the most delicious foods on earth. Occasionally during the summer, the folks at this classic Greenpoint doughnut shop will slice a doughnut of your choosing in half (we suggest the cake doughnuts) and scoop in your choice of Haagen-Dazs ice cream flavors, which have included chocolate, pistachio, banana, cookies and cream, and cherry. If this isn’t a match made in heaven, we don’t know what is.

Dough, New York: Matcha

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Speaking of Dough, it has some insane creations of its own. Boozy flavors like gin and tonic and mojito are very cool, but we’re most impressed by the matcha-sugar one, a yeast doughnut rolled in pure matcha (essentially powdered green tea), cane sugar, and a pinch of salt.

Find more on Dough here.

Doughnut Plant, New York: Crème Brûlée

The Doughnut Plant is one of New York’s most popular doughnut shops, and its most famous (and outrageous flavor has to be the dense and delicious crème brûlée. Filled with rich vanilla custard and topped with a layer of brûléed sugar, this is the doughnut that put Doughnut Plant on the map, and just might be better than the dessert that inspired it.

Find more on Doughnut Plant here.

Dynamo Donut + Coffee, San Francisco: Monte Cristo

San Francisco’s Dynamo Donut sells a rotating variety of doughnuts, and if you get lucky you may just encounter the Monte Cristo. A take on the popular French open-faced sandwich, this contains ham and Gruyère, and is filled with house-made strawberry preserves.

Find more on Dynamo Donut here.

Dun-Well Doughnuts, Brooklyn: Samoa

Dun-Well Doughnuts has a rabid following in Brooklyn, and even though all of its creations are vegan you most likely won’t even know the difference. Its creations are delicious and inspired, perhaps none more so than the Samoa. Modeled after the Girl Scout cookie of the same name, this one is also topped with creamy coconut caramel and a drizzle of chocolate. Yes, please.

Find more on Dun-Well Doughnuts here.

Kamehameha Bakery, Honolulu: Poi

Poi is a Hawaiian staple, made by mashing cooked taro root until it’s an extremely thick liquid. It’s mild in flavor, very starchy, and very purple. While poi can be used as an ingredient in bread, only one bakery in Hawaii is turning it into doughnuts: Kamehameha Bakery in Honolulu, and for that we commend it.

Find more on Kamehameha Bakery here.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

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National Doughnut Day: A dozen tasty tidbits you never knew about doughnuts

(NEXSTAR) – People go nuts for doughnuts, especially on National Doughnut Day.

First celebrated in 1938, National Doughnut Day was organized by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who traveled overseas during WWI to provide support for the troops, sometimes in the form of sugary, doughy treats. These “Donut Lassies,” as they came to be known, would also fry up doughnuts on the front lines, which in turn helped to popularize the treat among returning GIs, according to the Salvation Army.

Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June, often by devouring as many free doughnuts as possible. But as history has shown, doughnuts offer more than just jelly filling and empty calories. The doughnut has had a long, and sometimes strange history in the United States.

Curious to know why doughnut boxes are universally depicted as pink in movies? Or how they came to be associated with police officers? Here’s a dozen things you might not have known about one of America’s favorite treats.

  • Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Homer’s snack of choice was a doughnut because Groening’s own father, who was also named Homer, was a big fan. “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my real father, Homer, and just annoy him a little bit,” Groening said in the 2010 interview. Groening admitted that Homer Simpson shared no other attributes with his real father, who was an “athletic, creative, intelligent filmmaker.”
  • There’s a reason we associate police officers with doughnuts, and it’s not as silly as comedians would have you believe. Cops working the graveyard shift in the middle of the 20 th century had few options for late-night or early-morning meals, but most doughnut shops and bakeries would start making their goods before the sun came up. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts,” said Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, as quoted in “The Donut: History, Recipes and Lore from Boston to Berlin” by Michael Krondl. “Doughnuts usually won out,” he said.
  • Speaking of cops and doughnuts: In 2013, amid the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Boston Police Department specifically requested that several Dunkin’ locations remain open despite an area-wide lockdown, for officials who were out hunting the second suspect. “At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” a spokesperson for the chain said at the time, as reported by Boston.com. Those locations provided coffee and food to police and first responders free of charge.
  • Doughnut boxes are often depicted as being pink in television or movies — and that’s because pink doughnut boxes are common in Southern California, where most of those shows or films are made. “Any time you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know [filming] obviously took place in L.A.,” one of the box manufacturers told the Los Angeles Times in 2017.
  • Another thing about pink doughnut boxes: Those boxes likely became ubiquitous in Southern California thanks to Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy and his protegee Ning Yen, according to the L.A. Times. Stories differ, but relatives and local businesspeople agree that either Ngoy or Yen (or both) asked their supplier for a more affordable alternative to the then-standard white boxes. Pink was cheaper, and it soon became the color of choice for other Cambodian immigrants who opened their own doughnut shops in Southern California. (Yen’s son offered a different explanation to the L.A. Times, claiming that his father originally wanted red boxes — red being a symbol of good fortune — but “the mills kept sending it back pink.”)
  • Elvis Presley only did one commercial during his career, singing the jingle for Southern Maid Donuts in 1954. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot,” he sang. “Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.” According to the company, Presley became a fan of Southern Maid Donuts while appearing at the Louisiana Hayride Show in Shreveport, and even “frequented” the local shop while he was there.
  • Despite persisting rumors to the contrary, President Kennedy did not tell the crowds in West Berlin that he was a “doughnut” during his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. It’s true that “Berliner” can be interpreted as “jelly doughnut” in certain contexts (mostly outside of Berlin), but Kennedy was correct in his usage of the term in conveying that he was a resident of Berlin in spirit, The Atlantic reported. The speech was also reviewed beforehand for accuracy by Robert Lochner, a Berlin-born chief German interpreter for the United States, as well as the mayor of Berlin, according to Snopes.
  • Krispy Kreme’s history dates back to 1933, but it wasn’t until 1937 that its shops began selling doughnuts directly to customers. As the story goes, Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph was selling his doughnuts wholesale to grocery stores during the first few years, but the demand from passersby outside of his North Carolina shop convinced him to cut a hole in the wall and begin selling to customers on the sidewalk.
  • The doughnut hole treats at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, the two leading doughnut chains in the U.S., are not produced by traditional methods (i.e., by punching a hole from the center of uncooked dough, and then frying the resulting “rings” and the “holes” separately). Both chains currently make their doughnuts by pressing out the dough in rings — and not circles — meaning there’s no need to punch any “holes” in the dough, and therefore no excess to use for the specific purposes of making Munchkins or doughnut holes.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada, per capita, than any other nation on the planet — and the residents of Canada eat more doughnuts than anyone else, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once reported. It’s likely this statistic remains accurate today, too. Canada’s largest restaurant chain is the Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut shop, which, by its own account, is visited by 80% of Canadians “at least once a month.”
  • Our neighbors to the north may consume the most doughnuts per capita, but America is no slouch, either — especially in the northeast. A recent study conducted by BestPlaces.net determined that the Providence-Warwick metro area in Rhode Island had the most doughnut shops per capita of anywhere in the country, followed by metro areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. In fact, only one major region from outside the Northeast cracked the study’s “Top Ten Donut Cities” list: the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, which came in at No. 9.
  • The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day every year. Planned events for 2021 include fundraisers, a special delivery to a veterans hospital, doughnut drop-offs to first responders and frontline workers, and other nationwide charitable events. For those who want to participate, the Salvation Army suggests frying up a batch using the original “Donut Lassies” recipe and then sharing the sweets with “whomever needs them most.”

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