Happy National Doughnut Day!

Happy National Donut Day!

We aren’t big doughnut fans in this house but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate one every once in a while. From Krispy Kreme to Tim Horton’s to VooDoo Donuts, we’ve tried more than a few tasty varieties over the years. Naturally, now that it’s a national day, my kids have all sorts of questions about doughnuts. Here’s what we found:

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1. Instead of a Doughnut, how about an “olykeoks?”

Yep, that’s right. It’s basically Dutch for “oily cakes.” The origins of this American favorite are a little murky but it is widely accepted that the idea stems from a similar food to the olykeoks made by Dutch settlers in the 17th century.

2. During WWI, soldiers were served doughnuts

Rumor has it that doughnuts were served to American soldiers in France to remind them of home.

3. During WWII, soldiers were also served doughnuts but this time with a side of controversy

Apparently, British troops had to pay for the tasty treat that American soldiers received for free. That doesn’t seem quite right, does it? The Red Cross changed their tune and began charging everybody.

4. Voodoo Doughnuts are the best.

Okay, we didn’t find factual evidence of that, but we maintain that theirs are the best we’ve ever had. With wacky flavor combinations and fun designs, you can’t go wrong with any of their options.