donuts are evil

John just walked by, looked at the title line I just typed and said: “you are in a wacky mood today.” Yes, it’s true. Wacky. Perhaps it’s the sugar. Because I have eaten 3 donuts. We are now down at my in-laws. And whenever we visit, John’s mother lays out various breakfast “treats” for us. Every morning. A different box of Freihofer’s each morning: coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, donuts. This morning was donuts. I can largely resist the coffee cake. But I seem to have little will power to resist donuts. Even though I know how bad they are for me.

Here are some of the donuts I have not (yet) eaten.

There is a popular tendency to call donuts “baked goods.” But, and I realize I may be disillusioning someone out there, donuts are not baked. Unless an alternate meaning of bake is “cook by means of dropping into a big vat of boiling fat.” Yes, donuts are fried. (There may be some exceptions to this rule, but I warrant you they are not nearly as tasty.) Check out this early reference from Wikipedia’s entry on donut:

Washington Irving’s reference to “doughnuts” in 1809 in his History of New York is an early printed use of the word. Irving described “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.”

According to the same Wikipedia entry, modern donuts contain between 20 and 25% fat. Happily, hog’s fat is no longer the norm, though.

In defense of donuts, though, they are tasty. Check out ytsl’s list of favorite American specialty foods: Krispy Kreme donuts top the list. (I’m not sure I’ve had many Krispy Kreme donuts. I live in New England, where Dunkin Donuts is the fried ring king. There are practically more DD shops around here than even Starbucks…Not that I frequently buy donuts. As I said, donuts are evil.)

6 thoughts on “donuts are evil

  1. Ah, Dunkin Donuts. The Beacon of New England.

    Krispy Kreme, though, hot Krispy Kreme glazed donuts straight off the conveyor belt are, PURE ECTASY.

    Donuts. I’d like one now.

  2. I wandered over here from KC’s blog. I’m lucky that I can resist donuts. They just feel like the lump of dough they are in my stomach. Other, real baked goods, now begins my problems. (=

  3. KC-

    You know, the only time I’ve had Krispy Kreme donuts, they have not been fresh off the conveyor belt. One of these days I’ll have to try.


    Thanks for stopping by! Have a donut! Oh, right, you’d rather not…And, yes, often I too can resist donuts. Unless, of course, someone else offers them to me on a platter. When I’m hungry. (I’m with you on the lump of dough in the stomach. Did I mention donuts are evil?)

    I’m also with you on other real baked goods. But they need to be real baked goods. (i.e. not the boxed ones my mother-in-law buys at the nearby baked-goods outlet. Of course, I eat those too.) My own greatest weakness is for French pastries. Well, it’s among my greatest weaknesses.

  4. Hi Alejna —

    The more I think about it, the more I realize that I love a whole lot of deep fried — as opposed to baked — goods. Though, of course, real baked goods — as opposed to boxed ones — can be a different proposition entirely. And this especially so of baked goods from a bona fide European bakery (hmmmm, I do believe that you’re giving me ideas re another topic to blog about!)… ;S

    But getting back to Krispy Kreme: If you have the chance, you *must* try a hot and fresh original glazed Krispy Kreme donut (or more)…

  5. jenny-
    Mmm. That hot chocolate sounds uber-yummy. I bet your not talking Nestle out of an envelope.

    Jenny & ytsl-
    Yes, I fear that deep fried often means yummy. That is part of the evil. I’m also quite fond of tempura, french fries, New Orleans beignets, and possibly quite a few others. Haven’t had many churros, Jenny. I bet I’d like them.

    Mmm. A bona fide European Bakery. I’ll have to hunt down one of those. Perhaps not the same day I hunt down a Krispy Kreme shop…

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