The True History of Doughnuts: an American Classic

Photo by: Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza
Early 19th Century
The doughnut is born. Introduced to the New World by Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam as round, hole-less olykoeks or "oily cakes." ... more 
Photo by: Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza
Early 19th Century
The doughnut is born. Introduced to the New World by Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam as round, hole-less olykoeks or "oily cakes." Thankfully, Washington Irving soon publishes his History of New York, dubbing the goodies as "doughnuts" for the first time, which is great, because ordering a frosted "oily cake" would just make us feel bad about ourselves. less 
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Fri, Jun 7, 2013 2:26 PM EDT
By Lexi Nisita & Kelsey Miller, Refinery29



Happy National Doughnut Day! Is there anything more wonderful than a doughnut? It's every gluttonous vice combined into one - fried things, sugary things, sprinkle-y things, things that you just cannot stop eating. And from the most sinfully delicious Krispy Kremes to the fancy, Williamsburg-born concoctions we've seen pop up in recent years, much like God's children, each doughnut is beautiful and unique.



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But then the cronut came along, and changed everything. All this madness got us thinking - how did it all begin? And how on Earth did we end up in this crazy situation where people will pay $40 for a combined croissant-doughnut miracle? Join us, friends, on a sugary ride through the history of doughnuts. It's more illuminating than you might think.



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