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Doughnuts are Good for You



Dpughnuts Are Good for You

One of the most beloved foods in the United States is the doughnut or as it is popularly spelled, donut. Who invented the doughnut? Where did it come from? What is it made of? Why is it called a donut or doughnut? Why do I care?

Why? Because my beloved hubbuddy, frogdropping, challenged me to write about the history of the doughnut. So here is what I have learned from copious, painstaking research.

History of the Doughnut

To begin with, there are a number of conflicting statements about the origin of the doughnut;

It may be Chinese in origin.

But Germany, France, the Netherlands and Latin America also have valid claims.

And this was hard to believe: archaeologists have unearthed fossilized bits of what look like – would you believe, doughnuts – underneath prehistoric Native American settlements in the southwestern U.S.

Dutch olie-koecken (oily cakes)

Dutch olie-koecken (oily cakes)

So no matter where they originated, here is how they came to America. Back in1669, there was a Dutch recipe for “olie-koecken” (oily cakes) which closely resembles today’s doughnut. It seems that Dutch and German cooks fried the left-over sweetened dough from baking bread in oil or pork fat and made small round fry-cakes.

The Dutch also made their leftovers fancier by shaping them into decorative knots (aha! dough-knots), and rolling them in sugar after frying. I also learned that since doughnuts tended not to cook through in the middle some cooks would put nuts – walnuts or hazelnuts – in the center (aha! dough-nuts).The Puritans (Pilgrims) discovered these small, round, delectable oily cakes while they were in the Netherlands and brought the recipe with them to the New World.

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When many new immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, New York, a jelly doughnut was the first food they wanted to taste because they believed it to be typically American.

Typical Doughnut Shop

Captain Hanson Gregory  1832-1921

Captain Hanson Gregory 1832-1921

When did the word, doughnut, become a part of our language?

The earliest occurrence I could find was in Washington Irving’s book, “History of New York (1809). He defined the word, so it probably wasn’t well known at the time, as “balls of sweetened dough fried in hog’s fat.” Ugh! The exclamation is mine, not Irving’s.

What about the Doughnut Hole?

You may well ask how did the doughnut, originally a solid round cake, develop a doughnut hole? There are conflicting theories about this, too. Here is my favorite:

Back in1847, Elizabeth Gregory, the mother of a ship captain, who lived in New England whipped up a batch of deep-fried dough using spices her son had given her from his cargo of nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon rind. She made these deep-fried cakes for her son, Hanson, and his crew so they could store the pastry on long voyages. She believed it would help to ward off scurvy and colds, unaware of the benefits of citrus fruit. Mrs. Gregory inserted hazel nuts or walnuts in the center of the fried cakes where the dough often did not cook thoroughly. She called the pastry (aha!) dough-nuts.

Here is where the story gets curiouser and curiouser. Capt. Hanson Gregory always took credit for creating the hole in the doughnut. It is said that he gave the doughnut its first hole when, in the middle of a terrible storm and in order to get both hands on the ship’s wheel, he crammed one of his mother’s fried dough-nuts that he was holding onto one of the wood spokes of the wheel for safekeeping. Voila! A doughnut was born with a hold in the center.

He ordered the ship’s cook to henceforth prepare all dough-nuts with holes in the center, and shared his creation with the crew who swore It was the most delicious, delectable food they had ever tasted. Another variation of the story has Capt. Hanson poking holes in his mother’s dough-nuts because he did not like the soggy center where the dough was under-cooked. A third variation has our inventive captain using the tin cover of a pepper box to punch out a center hole – maybe he didn’t like nuts taking up space in his mother’s doughnuts.

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The captain’s homestead no longer remains, but a plaque describing his achievement can be seen in a church yard in the township of Camden, Maine.


Interview with the Captain

On March 26, 1916, Capt. Hanson Gregory gave an interview to the “Washington Post” newspaper. Here’s the true story of his inventing the hole in the doughnut in his words: “I guess it was about ‘47, when I was 16, that I discovered the hole which was later to revolutionize the doughnut industry. Now in them days we used to cut the doughnuts into diamond shapes, and also into long strips, bent in half, and then twisted … don’t think we called them doughnuts then – they was just ‘fried cakes’ and ‘twisters.’

“Well, sir, they used to fry all right around the edges, but the insides was all raw dough. Well, I says to myself, ‘Why wouldn’t a space inside solve the difficulty?’ and then I got a great inspiration. I took the cover off the ship’s tin pepper box, and cut into the middle of that doughnut the first hole ever seen by mortal eyes!

“Well, sir, them doughnuts was the finest I ever tasted. No more indigestion, no more greasy sinkers, just well-done, fried-through doughnuts. I went home to my old mother and I says to her, ‘Let me make some doughnuts for you.’ She says all right, so I made her one or two and then showed her how. She then made several batches and everybody was delighted and they never made doughnuts any other way except the way I showed her. Of course, lots of people joke about the hole in the doughnut. I’ve got a joke myself. Whenever anybody says to me: ‘Where’s the hole in the doughnut?’ I always answer: ‘It’s been cut out!’”

JFK's Berlin Speech

On June 26,1963, President John F. Kennedy made a speech in West Berlin. He was emphasizing the U.S. support for West Germany 22 months after the Communist East Germany state erected the Berlin Wall as a barrier to prevent movement between the East and the West. This speech, considered one of Kennedy’s best, contained the statement: “Ich bin ein Berliner.” See the video first and then I’ll explain how it relates to doughnuts.

German "Berliner" doughnut

"Ich bin ein Berliner," too

"Ich bin ein Berliner," too

This is the entire last paragraph of Kennedy’s notable speech: “Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was ‘civis Romanus sum’ – I am a Roman citizen. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’ All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’”

So what was so noteworthy about Kennedy proclaiming himself as a “Berliner” – a citizen of Berlin? In many parts of Germany, round, full-of-jam doughnuts are called Berliners. So Kenney was announcing to all, “I am a jelly doughnut!”

Lassies handing out doughnuts WWI

Lassies handing out doughnuts WWI

Lassies cooking doughnuts WWI

Lassies cooking doughnuts WWI

Red Cross Doughnut Dollies WWII

Red Cross Doughnut Dollies WWII

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Although Captain Gregory came up with the idea for the hole in the doughnut, a fellow named John Blondell was awarded the patent for the first doughnut cutter in 1872. His version was made of wood, but an improved tin version with a fluted edge was patented in 1889.

Doughnuts and Doughboys

The U.S. Army didn’t invent doughnuts but it can take credit for advancing their popularity. During World War I (1914-1918), the volunteer ladies (known as “lassies”) of The Salvation Army prepared doughnuts for millions of doughboys to give the soldiers a taste of home. The word, doughboy, has at various times been used to refer to a dumpling in the British Navy, for a kind of doughnut, and as a corruption of the Spanish word, adobe.

But I believe that the phrase, doughboys, to describe U.S. infantrymen had its origins from the method the Salvation Army lassies used to create their doughnuts. They used dough from left-over flour, wine bottles as rolling pins, and then fried the fresh treats – often inside the metal helmets of the U.S. soldiers. Ergo – doughboys.

During World War II, American Red Cross women known as “Doughnut Dollies” served hot doughnuts to our soldiers wherever they were stationed. The Red Cross purchased enough flour between 1939 and 1946 to make 1.6 billion doughnuts for our servicemen and women.


Adolph Levitt, Inventor

Adolph Levitt, Inventor

First Doughnut Machine

First Doughnut Machine

Doughnuts Become Mechanized

The first doughnut machine was invented in 1920 in New York City by a man named Adolph Levitt, an enterprising refugee from czarist Russia. He had been selling hand-made fried doughnuts from his bakery and hungry theater crowds pressed him to find a way to produce his doughnuts in less time.

Levitt's doughnut machine was a huge hit causing the popularity of doughnuts to spread like wildfire. During the 20s, doughnuts began to be mass-produced and people couldn’t get enough of them.

This was the motto printed on each box of doughnuts sold in Levitt’s Mayflower coffee and donut shops: “As you ramble on through life, brother, Whatever be your goal, Keep your eye upon the doughnut, And not upon the hole.”

At the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1934 the doughnut was declared the “hit food of the Century of Progress.” That same year Levitt was making $25 million dollars annually from the sale of his doughnut machines to bakeries throughout the U.S.

Doughnut Dunking

According to legend, dunking doughnuts first became a trend when actress Mae Murray accidentally dropped a doughnut in her coffee one day at Lindy's Deli on Broadway. In the 1934 film. “It Happened One Night.” newspaperman Clark Gable teaches young runaway heiress Claudette Colbert how to "dunk". In 1937, a popular song proclaimed that you can live on coffee and doughnuts if "you're in love".


New Doughnut Chains

In the 1940s and 50s doughnut chains such as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Dunkin’ Donuts were established. As coffee became more of a staple in bakeries across the U.S., the perception of the doughnut as a breakfast food increased. There was no stopping the fried oily cake.

Do you live in an area with a Krispy Kreme doughnut franchise? Then you owe it to yourself to try them. Most connoisseurs consider the only-glazed version as the lightest of yeast doughnuts and an absolute treat. Or try any of the filled ones. Dunkin' Donuts has wider national coverage, and many folks are fond of the Boston-crème-filled as well as the coffee. You can also find a great doughnut in the almost extinct mom-and-pop bakeries or at farmer's markets. Homemade and created with care, these delicious doughnuts are a taste of nostalgia.

Diverse Doughnut Data

Sally Levitt Steinberg, the granddaughter of Adolph Levitt, inventor of the first doughnut machine, wrote "The Donut Book" (see at Amazon above) - a tribute to the health benefits of the delectable doughnut. The book is entertaining with many anecdotes. "...the word, doughnut, has become an umbrella that includes crullers, fritters, twists, rings, round cakes, those filled with jelly and cream, with holes and without, and even the holes themselves."

Doughnut vs. Bagel

Just as the number of doughnut shops had grown exponentially in the 1940s and 50s, small shops selling something called a bagel grew in the 1970s and 80s. As bagels became more popular, doughnuts began to be seen as the hick cousins to their city-slicker alternatives. And some people even began to call the doughnut unhealthy. Even though a bagel with cream cheese contains more than 450 calories, the poor doughnut was maligned for its average of 300 calories per fried cake.

In the 1990s, people started to seek comfort from the simpler things in life – such as doughnuts. In 1998, Winchell's House of Donuts in Pasadena, California created the world's largest doughnut. It weighed 5,000 pounds with a 95-foot diameter. It was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Winchell's, but it also symbolized something more. It had been almost 150 years since Elizabeth Gregory gave her son her special home-made dough-nuts and the doughnut had survived.

Maybe it was the Muppet Chef Who Created the Doughnut Hole

oops! Couldn't resist.

oops! Couldn't resist.

Jelly and creme-filled doughnuts

Jelly and creme-filled doughnuts

Doughnuts Are Good for You

The doughnut belongs to the world. Whether it is round, diamond-shaped, twisted like a cruller, fried or sweet is a matter of local preference. Whether you call it a donut (U.S.), a doughnut (UK), a zeppole (Italy), a beignet (France and Louisiana, too), a Berliner or a Bismarck (Germany), a pozsonyi (Hungary), churros (Latin America), a vada (India) or any other name in any other country, it remains a global favorite.

Are doughnuts the healthiest food you can eat? No. So why do I say they are good for you? Because they are a comfort food, relieve stress, and make you feel good.

Just check them out for MSG and eat them in moderation. One at a time!

Diverse Doughnut Data

Today, in the U.S. alone we eat over 10 billion donuts a year.

Make Your Own Doughnuts at Home

All About MSG

  • MSG and Fat Rats and Us
    I commented earlier on the increase of obesity in the United States. That started me thinking. Could there be some chemical in our food that may be causing this tremendous obesity epidemic?

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drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 21, 2015:

It IS funny how no one on JFK's staff picked up on his 'I am a Berliner' (donut) comment before he made his Berlin speech. Based on your recommendation, I am now looking forward to tasting a Pennsylvania Dutch - an Amish Danish - one of these days.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 21, 2015:

Your mother had to be very patient and loving, Don, to spend all that time and effort creating donut holes for you and your sibs to enjoy. She must have been very special.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 21, 2015:

You are so right, Dolores, about those small Mom and Pop bakeries making donuts that are so much more wholesome and delicious than those we find in the big chain bakery stores. Guess we'll just have to suffer with the franchise kind. :)

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on March 07, 2013:

There's worse things than calling yourself a donut, I guess... but I'm wondering how nobody on the White House staff caught that before he said it... Berliners as donuts are pretty well known!

The Pennsylvania Dutch make an incredible donut that will make you wanna trade in your car for a horse !! Yum.

I totally enjoyed this post -- partly vicariously!!!


Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on August 21, 2012:

I remeber growing up that my mother had what must have been a donut cutter in her collection of cookie cutters. It was a round cuttter with a small round cutter inside the circle. She might have made doughnuts when my siblings were young but she told me that the standing for long periods bothered her legs. With deep frying donuts it is necessary to stnd an tend them.

Interesting history.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 19, 2012:

I had to read this when I saw the title. You are so right about donuts being the ultimate comfort food. I seem to crave donuts in times of duress, around funerals or the hospitalization of a loved one. It's sad that many small, local bakeries have closed down. That's where you could, and in some rare cases, still can find the best. Krispy Kremes give me a stomach ache.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on January 06, 2012:

Hey, rocky, the pleasure is all mine. :) BTW, we also have a lot in common. My hubby's name was Rocky.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on January 06, 2012:

We have a lot in common, j. That photo at the beginning of the hub makes me want one, too. Or two, too.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on January 06, 2012:

Krptonite, Gus? Well, we know Superman would be a fan.

rocky on September 09, 2011:

Hey! cool hub! thanks for embedding my video!!! :D

J. Rocco on August 10, 2011:

Wow, your article on the doughnut makes me want to eat a few right now. For years I have always received the bad jokes about cops and doughnuts. Like bad cop no doughnut. But I ignore the jokes and still enjoy a good doughnut sometimes. Great hub the pictures made me want one now.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on August 03, 2011:

Hi Good Doctor bj - So far I have been filling those donut holes with things like blueberries, chcolate chips, and cream cheese fillings flavored variously.The first three things are pretty tasty and do a good job of filling the holes, but those "variously" things seem to fall right on through. With them, perhaps those microwaves act sorta like kryptonite. :)

Gus :-)))

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 02, 2011:

I have been following your donut experiment hubs with gusto, Gus. Do you have any recipes in mind for the donut holes? Chocolate chip cookies and donuts, with or without holes, are two of my favorite basic food groups.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on July 31, 2011:

Good Doctor bj - I like your slogan. I am attempting to make some improvements in the way people can get some donuts in hand. Problem is that I eat all of the experiments.

Gus :-)))

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 30, 2011:

Touche, Gus. 24 hours is way past my donut deadine! My slogan is: "Give me donuts . . . or give me donuts!" Thanks for finding your way here.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on July 29, 2011:

Good Doctor bj - 15 months is too long without donuts!

Gus :-)))

Debra Allen from West By God on December 08, 2010:

I already take that but I didn't know he was bigning them home and it was already late. I got my just desserts! LOL LOL LOL

I can't eat past 6 at night or I get Acid Reflux and it was 9:30 pm.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 08, 2010:

Oh, poor Lady G, how sad to suffer. But how delightful to enjoy those doughnuts and ice cream - two of the basic food groups, you know.

Hubby is a sweetie. Tell him, next time, to get you some Prilosec at the drugstore, too. Take it an hour at least before the goodies and heartburn is just a bad memory. I have spoken. :)

Debra Allen from West By God on December 07, 2010:

Oh I got surprised last night when my hubby came home from work and he got me the chocolate glazed and the jelly filled doughnuts that Krispy Creame makes. I wupped one down and well was up- half the night with heartburn--but I just had to have one!

I also got a bucket of chocolate ice cream! I was in heaven while eating that--and funny--went to hell after the fact with the heartburn. LOL LOL LOL

As my father always put it--You play, You Pay and that I did.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 06, 2010:

Hi, Lady G, whup one down for me, too. Either chocolate or maple-covered will do. Thanks for stopping by - it's nice to have you here. :)

Debra Allen from West By God on December 06, 2010:

Lots of information about the doughnut. I loved the video about the Muppets!! Now I really want to go out and get a dozen or two of doughnuts and whup them down!!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 14, 2010:

You made my day, susie, with that delicious doughnut ditty you learned from Grandad. He must have been a connoisseur of the fried dough delicacy. But then, aren't we all? Delighted by your visit. Have a chocolate frosted one on me.

Sweetsusieg from Michigan on September 14, 2010:

On my way to the car Hub, I spied the word doughnut, since my butt needs to be bigger I thought I would explore... It reminded me of my Grandpa, may I share a ditty he used to sing to me? *clears throat

"Went to Toledo and I walked around the block, stopped right in at the baker's shop. Picked up a donut fresh from the grease, handed the lady a 5 cent piece.... She looked at the nickel and she looked at me, said this nickels no good to me, theres a hole in the middle and it's all the way thru....Said I theres a hole in the donut too!"

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 01, 2010:

Hi, katie, nice to see you here among the doughnuts. Delighted I could provide some interesting history about them and books for you and your lovely daughters.

If they are inquisitive about learning, then they are truly their mother's daughters. :)

Katie McMurray from Ohio on September 01, 2010:

We love doughnuts and I remember as a kid my Mom would make homemade donuts often. I was over joyed to see the nice collections of books you have on the subject. Now as the weather cools down we too can enjoy making doughnuts as a family. Thanks for the great history, it's fascinating and my daughters will be sure to love reading this when they get home today. They love reading about things and the what when where and how of it all. Peace :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on June 02, 2010:

Hi, Tina. Welcome to my world of doughnuts and zillions of other things. Thank you for the visit and the kind comment. Come back whenever.

TINA V on June 02, 2010:

I like to eat doughnuts such as Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. But I never thought of finding out its history. Your article just gave me the information that I need to know. Great hub!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 28, 2010:

Thank you, James, for the visit and the thanks. Entirely my pleasure. Everyone should read your hub on the Puritans - highly educational also.

The glazed are my fall-back choice, the twisted crullers my first. Together with the jelly donuts. And the maple covered. And the ...

James A Watkins from Chicago on May 27, 2010:

I had no idea there was so much to know about donuts! Thank you for the education. I do like a glazed now and again. :D

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 16, 2010:

Namaste to you too, Deborah dear. Thank you for the visit and the kind comment.

I admire your will of iron - only one doughnut a week? I, too, am trying to hold my ingestion of doughnuts to just one - at a time!

Deborah Demander from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on May 16, 2010:

Great hub. I choose to no longer hold myself guilty for my once a week doughnut habit.


drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 13, 2010:

Hi, Timothy. Great to meet you. Before writing this hub, I had no idea how many folks were so attached to doughnuts and seemed to have a favorite shop they visited as a youngster, or still do today.

Hope you still get a discount from Tim Hortons. Strangely enough, I think I heard that name before. Nope, it was Horton hears a Who. Different topic.

Thanks for the visit and the kind comment. Link away as much as you please.

Timothy Donnelly from Ontario, Canada on May 12, 2010:

Great work drbj, I found it interesting. BTW, Tim Hortons makes the best donuts in Canada! Try them if you get a chance! They're just a little small, in my opinion. I think I'll email this Hub-link to them, as I used to work as a Millwright commissioning their new automated and refrigerated distribution facility in Guelph, Ontario.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2010:

Austinstar - you are my kind of woman.

I have the same problem today - selecting which donut to eat ... first!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on May 08, 2010:

Donuts have to be nature's perfect food! Garfield can have the pizza, I'll take donuts any day. I remember Shipley's donuts in Houston from when I was a little redheaded tyke. My mom used to take us there once a week. I had the hardest time picking out which donut to eat! Still do. So many donuts, so little time.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 02, 2010:

Nelle - You are a woman of taste and distinction and I commend you for sticking to your guns. Oops - to your jelly doughnuts. Yep, Dunkin are the best. And if you only eat those two once a week you will remain your svelte self.

I, too, was fascinated by that bit of JFK memorabilia. Thank you for your visit and the kind words.

Nelle Hoxie on May 02, 2010:

Every Sunday I indulge in TWO jelly doughnuts from Dunkin' Doughnuts. It is something I look forward to and no diet on the planet could ever convince me to give them up.

Love all the doughtnut facts, especially the one about JFK.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 30, 2010:

Hi, wrenfrost, it wasn't easy personally taste-testing every single doughnut you saw in the first photo. Wait a minute. I lied. Some of them I had to taste-test twice! Really hard work.

Enjoyed writing and doing the research and enjoyed your visit and very kind comments. Thank you.

wrenfrost56 from U.K. on April 30, 2010:

Great hub as ever drbj, a lot of research went it to this and your hard work clearly shown here. Prehistoric doughnut fossils, amazing! I guess I should thank FD also for putting forward the challenge. :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 25, 2010:

Hi. Wordscribe. Your doughnut shop must be the maximum in cool. Now I HAVE to visit Portland - purely for research purposes, you know.

Thanks for the comment - coming from you, a true scribe of words - it is much appreciated.

wordscribe41 on April 25, 2010:

We have the coolest doughnut shop here in Portland called Voodoo doughnuts. They sell hilarious ones with ludicrous names like: c^ck and balls, Old Dirty B**tard, etc. Trying not to cuss on your hub, but it's just sooooo Portland. Thanks for the great hub and the sweet tooth!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 21, 2010:

Maita - you are a sweetheart. Always visiting with the greatest comments and ratings.

I love doughnuts, too, but have to be careful not to get carried away. Eat too many and no one would be able to carry me away!

prettydarkhorse from US on April 21, 2010:

thank you for the history and I love doughnot, I rated this up, good research as well! Maita

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 20, 2010:

Yummy, yum, yum back at you, Ivorwen. Your homemade donut logs rolled in sugar are making me drool all over the keyboard. Let me know if you ever want to franchise them. Of course, I'd have to taste-test a few hundred first.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 20, 2010:

Hello, Darlene, I am delighted, too, to have met you. Thanks for the visit and the very kind words. Where would we be without them? Especially the "nice comment" kind.

Ivorwen from Hither and Yonder on April 20, 2010:

Yummm! I love doughnuts. I always make little logs, rolled in sugar, because they cook up so well. After reading this, I might just have to make some to go with supper. Thanks for the menu idea... supper was looking rather boring.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on April 19, 2010:

Bravo my new friend, when it comes to words we can find them even to write about a simple subject as a doughnut or a bed, history is history and working words is so much fun, words words and more words. Great hub and thanks for introducing yourself to me...I am delighted

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 19, 2010:

Thank you for the visit, Patty Inglish MS, and the kind comments.

Amazing, isn't it? how clever the earliest Americans were B.D.D. (Before Dunkin Donuts) to have fashioned their little fried cakes into the shapes of animals. Could we say they invented "animal crackers?"

TattoGuy on April 19, 2010:

Cheers, yer friendship is outstanding ; )

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 19, 2010:

TG - Thank you for the "brilliant" and "stunning" comments. They warm the cockles of moi heart.

Since you are unable to indulge, I will have an extra one which I will dedicate to you. True friendship, non?

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 19, 2010:

Nellieanna - it's my pleasure to provide the romp and I'm happy to learn you may not have given up doughnuts entirely.

Eating those little powdered doughbnut holes will still qualify you for membership in my doughnut-lovers society. Membership fees are minimal.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 19, 2010:

What? Donuts are fried? They have sugar? OMG! I may now be drummed out of the DAGFYS - Donuts Are Good For You Society which I formed unless I promptly renounce my affection for them. Ain't gonna happen.

Your Portuguese Bola de Berlim seems exquiitely delicious but I, too, would remove the custard since I'm not fond of fillings in my donuts other than a soupcon of jam.

Thank you for asking me to write this hub - I had a good time.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 19, 2010:

Hi, Zsuzsy Bee, what a pleasure to have you here.

I don't know if I can call myself a doughnut pro, yet. I might lose my amateur status. And I have loads of different doughnuts to check out first.

But I will gladly accept the approbabion and kind words. Since trust has now been established, could you use a bridge?

Regards back at you.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 19, 2010:

Yes, yes - Native Americans made several shapes of fry bread in bear, deer, and duck grease, to name a few. Many 1000s of years ago - at least 9,000 or 10,000 BC in Ohio. They added dried cranberries or fresh blueberries and drizzled honey

Wow! Now I have to make some. Thaks for this donut Hub. I sed to eat them often in my late teens and college, then lost the taste for them until I found Chinese donuts from friends. Very tasty and light.

TattoGuy on April 19, 2010:

Wooooo what a brilliant hub moi friend, I used to love moi doughnuts but can't eat them as much now since after moi heart attack, stunning hub, well done !

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on April 19, 2010:

A fantastic and informative spotlight on the doughnut! Even though I "never touch the stuff" - I've eaten & even cooked my share in the past & can vividly remember the tastes, textures & magnetic aromas of each variety!

I don't feel the need for comfort food, my stress level is quite serene, I feel good most of the time. But if I were to indulge now, I'd be sure to cram all the most and best into the most amazingly cholesterol-rich comfort treat in the donut family I could think of, probably a cream puff or chocolate eclair! LOL (Though I confess I adore little baked cake-like donut holes wih lots of powdered sugar all over them.)

Thanks for the fun romp down memory lane, drbj!

Andria on April 18, 2010:

*breezes in, late, hungry, donut ready*

Well drbj ... what can I say but - yummy! Fantastic hub, splendiforous and lip-lickingly good!

Of course donuts are good for you *ignores sugary, fried aspects*, why wouldn't they be? ;)

Interestingly, in Portugal, my favorite pastry/cake/whatever, is called a Bola de Berlim, which directly translates as 'ball of Berlin', otherwise a Berlin Ball. Like the Berliner, they lack the hole - but no jam.

Instead they inject a confectionary custard, which I always scrape out. That because the Bola itself is so damn light and tasty it doesn't need the custard.

Honestly, no donut I ever ate was as delicious and delightful as a Portuguese Bola de Berlim.

drbj - thankyou for answering my question. This is a wonderful, informative and interesting hub and I can see why it took some researching. BIG thanks - and should there ever be a question in your mind I could possibly answer ... you know where I am!

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on April 18, 2010:

Okay you're the doughnut pro ....and if you say they're good for me... I'll take your word for it

great hub

regards Zsuzsy

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Hi, Sherry. So nice to have you drop by. Happy you liked this article. Wow! You wished you had the hole, too. Now that's what I call a genuine doughnut/donut connoisseur.

Sherry on April 18, 2010:

What a delicious article! I had a chocolate donut yesterday and wished I had the hole! It was so goood......

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Hi, tony0724 - nice to meet you. Thanks for the visit.

I like maple frosted donuts, too. As well as a dozen other kinds.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Thanks, Stan, for the tip of the hat.

It did take a while to do the research but you know how you don't mind taking the time when you are writing about something you love . . . to eat.

One of my faves is the jelly donut or the maple top. But I don't discriminate. I'll eat most any kind but the plain ones - too tame.

tony0724 from san diego calif on April 18, 2010:

Glad to know donuts are so good for ya. Bring on the maple log !

Stan Fletcher from Nashville, TN on April 18, 2010:

I was sitting here eating a doughnut when I came across your hub. I'm amazed at the time it must have taken to put all of this together! My hat is off to you.

My fave donut is either a jelly filled or a bavarian cream with chocolate on top. I'm glad to know that eating it fast will keep it from sticking.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Hi, Pamela99.

Thanks for the visit and the kind words. Yes, I agree, the photos of these luscious creations are so appealing, it makes them hard to resist.

And like you, I never knew there were so many unusual stories connected with the history of doughnuts. Ah, the amazing minutiae we learn from Hubpages.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by, Sandyspider.

I'm delighted to have provided the means for a good feeling. Have a doughnut and you'll feel really comforted. If you eat it fast, the calories slide right down and out. Trust me.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Hello, Web Examiner.

What a treat to have you visit and even more, what attractive language you used to describe this hub!

I may survive over a month on your kind accolades. I don't pay for excellent reviews, of course.

Where should I send your ten boxes of doughnuts?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 18, 2010:

I never knew there was so much to know about donuts and they looked wonderful. Good hub.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on April 18, 2010:

Donuts are indeed comfort food. Thanks for the good feeling.

Website Examiner on April 18, 2010:

A thoroughly researched and well-presented masterpiece. Never had I thought there could be so much to say on the subject, which hasn’t received nearly the attention it so richly deserves. This article is head and shoulders above typical "hub level," which should secure it a long life span and continuing popularity.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Hi, BP - Now that donuts are considered appropriate for breakfast, perhaps we could meet at the bar some morning and have a few dozen? Each?

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Thanks for the visit, Verl, and taking the time to comment.

You feel like Krispy Kreme?

What a coincidence? So do I

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Hi, De Greek, nice to meet you.

Thanks for the kind words. Yep, donuts are fascinating especially while being ingested.

And we have so many choices - almost mind-boggling.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Green Lotus - I agree. Donuts are often like peanuts - it's hard to eat just one.

I loved the donut on the wheel-spoke anecdote, too. Kinda wish it had been true. But then the good Captain, in his interview with the newspaper, gave us all the real story. He carved out holes with a pepper tin-cover to remove the sogginess. Clever.

Happy you enjoyed the Hub.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 18, 2010:

Hey, nicomp. Welcome. Do you have a fave donut?

breakfastpop on April 18, 2010:

What a tasty hub!

Verl from Melbourne on April 18, 2010:

Nice article, now i feel like krispy kreme

De Greek from UK on April 17, 2010:

Well, you have managed to make doughnuts fascinating :D What else could one want out of life :-))

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on April 17, 2010:

What fun Hub drbj! I'm not sure I buy the donut on the spoke story, but I do know donuts are a decadent treat with or without the hole. When I indulge I can never eat just one.

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on April 17, 2010:


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