We obviously love donuts here at Boredwalk, but today we've got some cool donut facts and a little quiz to test your donut expertise.
Did you know that donuts were originally called oily cakes?
Doesn't sound too appetizing; we certainly prefer "donuts" or "doughnuts". Speaking of which, according to the Oxford Dictionary either spelling is acceptable. The "doughnut" spelling is more popular internationally, while the "donut" spelling is more common in America. The "donut" spelling is believed to have become more popular in the 1950s, possibly influenced by the rise of the Boston, Massachusetts-based chain Dunkin' Donuts.
When you think of a box of donuts, do you picture a pink box?
As the lore goes, it was the thriftiness of Cambodian refugees in Southern California that popularized the use of the classic pink box for donuts. Finding leftover pink cardboard stock to be cheapest from their suppliers, this trend of sending out donuts in pink boxes became adopted by Cambodian-owned donut shops around the SoCal region. Due to the proximity of Hollywood, the pink boxes started appearing as TV and movie props, and thus became part of American popular culture.
Have you ever wondered how donuts got to be so commonly associated with police?
In the 1940s and 50s donut shops were one of the only types of establishments open during the graveyard shift. Police liked using these spots as a place to grab a bite to eat and fill out paperwork. The donut shops found the police presence deterred crime, so they encouraged their visits. Today there's even a Clare, Michigan donut shop called Cops & Donuts that's owned and operated by current and former members of the city's police force.
Think you know a thing or two about donuts? Take our donut quiz and find out:
Want to show off your donut love in style? Here's some of our favorite donut shirts:
Peace, love, and donuts,