Let There Be Donuts

In the nineteenth century, Elizabeth Gregory fried flavored dough with walnuts as a special treat for her son. Combine the two and the doughnut, or donut, was formed. Of course, during this time donuts didn’t look the way they do today. The modern donut has come a long way. For instance, the hole in the donut was not introduced until the late nineteenth century. From there on, the donut has been molded and customized to be flavored and topped just how you want. Now, donuts come in a variety of options. Some of the most popular donut options include filled, sprinkled, glazed, and cake.

Most people know the basics of this beloved treat, but have you explored the fun and wonderfully entertaining facts about this doughy confection? Apparently, it would take 3,660 donuts to reach the top of the statue of liberty. In addition to this, to reach all the way from Long Beach, California to Long Island, New York it would take more than 55 million donuts. Imagine a trail of donuts that seems impossibly endless. If you had roughly 55 million donuts, the approximate span of the donuts would equal 2, 850 miles. Whether as a breakfast meal, a midday snack, or midnight craving donuts are a delicious, sugary treat enjoyed by many.

Now that Donut Day is officially here, let’s explore the different ways you can celebrate this fun holiday. The easiest and quickest way to celebrate donut day is simply by buying a few donuts or a few dozen. No judgment here, though you might want to pawn off a few on family and friends. Whether you’re a donut chain or a local mom-and-pop shop kind of person, there are enough donut shops in the area to make sure your cravings are satisfied.

Moreover, if you have a little more free time on your hands, why not try making some donuts at home? You can follow this simple recipe to get a delicious, hands-on donut experience. These bite-size pieces, or commonly referred to as donut holes, take only fifteen minutes to make and are coated in a delicious sugar and cinnamon mixture that leaves your sweet tooth satisfied. No complex recipe here, just a basic, scrumptious treat that will allow you the chance to really experience the national day and make some fun, wholesome memories.

Like documentaries?  Celebrate Donut Day by watching a video on how donuts are made. An avid lover of donuts will enjoy watching exactly how their beloved treats are made. Another great idea for celebrating at home is to make some donut-themed crafts. This way of celebrating is particularly great for the younger children. Basic household supplies like paper plates and markers or crayons can be used to make simple donut arts and crafts. With the paper plate concept, grab a single paper plate and draw a circle in the inner center of the plate. Then have the children design their ideal donut. Additionally, you can utilize other crafting supplies around the house to make for a very interesting donut.

What are you waiting for? Get out and explore the town’s local donut shops and experience the way national donut day was meant to be celebrated; with a donut in one hand and a half-eaten one in the other.

Have a favorite donut? Tell Discover Temple your favorite in the comments below.

 

DONUT SHOPS IN TEMPLE

Temple Donuts: 2016 S 1st St. Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. -1 p.m.
Shipley Do-Nuts
• 115 N 31st St, Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• 1005 Marlandwood Rd #121 Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• 5 Meadowbrook Dr #A Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Donut Shop: 3 S 25th St. Temple Texas 76504; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jack N Jill Donuts: 1303 S 57th St. Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Baker Donuts: 5075 S 31st St. Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
317 Donuts: 9309 TX-317, Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

DONUT SHOPS OUTSIDE OF TEMPLE

Shipley Do-Nuts: 521 E 6th Ave. Belton, TX 76513; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jack N Jill Donuts: 510 Sparta Rd Belton, TX 76513; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Academy Donuts: 109 State HWY 95 Little River-Academy TX 76554; open 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creamy Donuts: 213 N Central Ave Troy TX 76579; open 5:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Sources:
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Doughnut.html
https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/news/2017/05/12-things-you-never-knew-about-doughnuts

Courtney Pierce
Author: Courtney Pierce