New York, NY –
Did you know that the first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day? Seventy-five years ago, the Salvation Army paid tribute to the ‘Donut Girls’, who raised funds for the Great Depression and served doughnuts to military men during World War I, by offering this delectable golden treat to them as a symbol of appreciation. The tasty cakes offered by the Donut Girls were used as an alternative to fresh-baked goods (e.g., pie).
In the U.S., the doughnut is most recognized as a ringed, hole-in-the-center, piece of fried dough, usually topped with a sugary glaze or powder; however, the filled doughnut, which is typically stuffed with fruit jams, pastry creams, custards, chocolate ganache, etc., is also no stranger to the States.
Once considered pedestrian, the doughnut has become popular with pastry chefs who have turned this classic dessert (though it’s really more of a snack, isn’t it?) into culinary art. Today, there are endless ways to serve doughnuts: they can be beer battered, whiskey infused, bacon sprinkled, brûléed; they can be made organic or even vegan; they can reach levels of sweetness, the likes of which you’ve never tasted before, set your mouth on fire with a mix of cinnamon and chili powder, or get your salivary glands going with a savory twist of butter and cheese (and chicken?).
Let your sweet tooth be your guide and check out Madison Square Park today: Entenmann’s will partner with the Salvation Army to release the biggest box o’ doughnuts, ever: https://www.facebook.com/Entenmanns. Be sure to grab yourself one… or three!