The Ultimate Craving

Donuts, Donuts, and More Donuts
Group Of Painters Painting Over Huge Donut

This just in, and film at 11: It’s not just our Men in Blue who crave donuts!

Just ask the good folks at Dunkin Donuts. According to a survey published on [scroll down to find reference], “The biggest surprise of the Barkley survey is that Dunkin Donuts, the New England coffee chain, beat out Starbucks, the West Coast coffee chain. Starbucks would appear to most on the verge of world domination, but Millennials are more likely to skip the fancy Starbucks latte in favor of a raspberry donut and cheaper coffee that’s still pretty damn good.”

You say you’re curious about how donuts, or “doughnuts,” came to be in the first place? So were we, and here’s what the Smithsonian has to say, “Of course doughnuts in some form or other have been around so long that archaeologists keep turning up fossilized bits of what look like doughnuts in the middens of prehistoric Native American settlements. But the doughnut proper (if that’s the right word) supposedly came to Manhattan (then still New Amsterdam) under the unappetizing Dutch name of olykoeks–‘oily cakes.’”

Assorted Homemade Gourmet Donuts

Later on, in the mid-19th century, one “Elizabeth Gregory, a New England ship captain’s mother… made a wicked deep-fried dough that cleverly used her son’s spice cargo of nutmeg and cinnamon, along with lemon rind. Some say she made it so son Hanson and his crew could store a pastry on long voyages, one that might help ward off scurvy and colds. In any case, Mrs. Gregory put hazelnuts or walnuts in the center, where the dough might not cook through, and in a literal-minded way called them doughnuts.” Read all about it at, because there will be a quiz at the end of this posting. :-)

If you’ve got it bad for donuts or doughnuts, here’s something that should take care of you. The list is sooooo darn good, and the graphics are shameless. Food and Wine, you’ve outdone yourselves at Glazed & Infused in Chicago had us with “hello,” but we knew we were goners when we saw the Maple Bacon Long John, a “bar-shaped yeast doughnut with maple glaze and a crisp, candied strip of bacon.” Click through the whole show, and pay close attention to Voodoo Doughnut in Portland. You’ll be drawn, we guarantee, to the clever flavors like Froot Loops and bubble-gum dust. And the namesake doughnut is “a chocolate-frosted yeast variety that’s shaped like a voodoo doll, filled with raspberry jam and stabbed with a pretzel stake.” We just gotta LOL. But Voodoo is not just great yummies – you can have your wedding there as well. How outrageously cool is that??


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