September 14th is National Cream Filled Donut Day, a day to temporarily abandon your diet and seek out an oozing bakery confection that will make your tastebuds tingle. The history of donuts is a disputed topic but the sweet snacks most likely made their way to North America via the Dutch settlers who also helped popularize cookies, pies, and cobbler. American Hansen Gregory claimed to have created the first ring-shaped donut in 1847 and taught the technique to his mother. These early donuts were very much like the traditional donuts that we eat today. While glazed donuts dominate the market, cream-filled donuts are a close second, with the most popular fillings listed as vanilla cream and chocolate cream.
I can’t say I’ve ever met anybody that doesn’t like a donut every now and then. We were certainly more than happy to celebrate National Donut Day back in June. I’m always game for devouring a glazed donut, but I’m particularly partial to delicious twisted crullers and cream filled donuts. Chris, on the other hand, prefers a simple chocolate glazed donut. The only type of donut he really dislikes is a filled “boston cream pie” donut, which incidentally happens to be one of my all-time favorites. That’s okay though: I hate jelly filled donuts and Chris thinks their yummy. Maybe opposites really do attract.
To celebrate Cream Filled Donut Day we took a trip to Dunkin Donuts (after I put in a hard workout at the gym, picturing my upcoming donut the entire time I was on the elliptical). Chris ran in and picked up two cream filled donuts for us to share – one with vanilla cream filling and one with chocolate cream filling. Even though we’d both been looking forward to our desserts all day, once we got home we got busy and the donuts had to wait. By the time I had showered and we’d eaten dinner it was almost ten o’clock! Finally, before we got too tired, Chris and I settled down to savor our donuts before the day drew to a close. If only I could end every night on such a sweet note…and still fit into my pants.
It’s time to find my sewing machine — tomorrow is Make a Hat Day!