Over 10 billion heavenly glazed, jam-filled and sprinkled donuts are produced in the U.S. each year. People go crazy over these hot, melt-in-your-mouth treats. There is actually even a Guinness World Record for the largest box of donuts (297 lbs., 10 oz.), tallest stack (43.5 in.) and fastest time to eat a jam donut with no hands (11.41 seconds).
We take these enchanting sweet treats seriously, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is a NATIONAL DONUT DAY on the first Friday of each June. This year, it’ll fall on Friday, June 3rd! We are helping you prepare for this big day by celebrating fun facts about your favorite treat and where to get some of the best ones in McAllen!
A Tasty Beginning
First known as olykoeks, or oily cakes, archaeologists discovered Native American artifacts that turned up petrified fried cakes with holes in the center. Because of the difficultly in locating and identifying recipes from fossils, many claim that the donut’s history began with the Dutch’s olykoeks. Bringing this sweet taste to America, the dough was never fully cooked in the center. Apples, raisins and prunes were put in the middle as a temporary solution.
There are two legends of how the holes appeared in our ever-popular donuts, according to Mr. Breakfast. Now, legend has it that on a sea voyage, Captain Hanson Crockett Gregory was steering his ship with one hand and eating his donut with the other. With murky waters and hard steering, he needed a donut holder quick, thus impaling his donut with the spokes of the steering wheel. He then ordered all of his donuts with holes in the center.
Celebrating the Ladies
In 1917, donuts were served to soldiers during World War I by female volunteers of the Salvation Army as a morale boost. These ladies were sent to the front lines of Europe and often cooked inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. This is where American infantrymen got the nickname “doughboys”. The first National Donut Day was created in 1938 to honor the women who helped boost soldier morale with a fund-raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army.
Donuts Here at Home
We have tons of places to get good pastries, kolaches, cupcakes and macaroons, but donuts? Oh, definitely!
Shipley’s Do-Nuts on N. 10th Street has been making mouths water for over 40 years. Their donuts are a staple of the Valley, including their most popular, the glazed donut. They have a vibrant menu full of 11 different iced toppings, 11 varieties of fillings and also donut holes, cinnamon twists, cinnamon rolls and more. Now, if you want the inside sweetness of Shipley’s, you need to know the owner’s favorite.
“My favorite is the chocolate iced cake donut. When you come, though, you won’t find it on the menu. You’ll have to ask for the Owner’s Favorite.” – David Duff, owner of Shipley’s Do-Nuts, N. 10th St. McAllen
Ask for this and you’ll be met with the most delectable chocolate that will ever meet your taste buds. They also roll out the carpet for special occasions, such as their St. Patrick Day’s green icing, which you can see here. You can even get sneak peeks of how they make their donuts on their Shipley Do-Nuts RGV Facebook page!
If you’re into trying new flavored donuts, this hotspot always has a new combination, including their Strawberry Shortcake and Cherry Pie Doughnut. They have an abundance of yummy flavors, including their classic glazed donuts. Find their menu here. You can even find cute little decorations on your favorite donuts, like a tennis ball, baseball or football!
Take a look at their Facebook page, but be warned, your stomach will be growling at first sight. Now, if you’re craving a donut and happen to pass by Krispy Kreme on 1420 E. Highway 83, and you see a big red light on, run in and say, “The light is on.” You will receive a FREE donut! You can thank us with a dozen donuts later.
Donuts! Doughnuts! Donuts!
Yes, there are two accepted ways of spelling it, but that isn’t the issue. The issue is how many you will buy, or better yet, will you share?