National Doughnut Day 2013
Doughnuts… they’ve been around for seventy-five years now, ever since women served them to the American army during World War I. Famously associated with cops, but a dependable treat for all of us who need a nice dose of sugar in the morning. Alas, with countless bakeries and cafés finding home in New York City, desserts with an air of sophistication, including cupcakes, macarons, and crepes became more of the thing to have. In fact, the need to refine simple breads into exquisite desserts is plain to see in Dominique Ansel’s sweet innovation, ‘Cronuts.’
They are fresh croissants, fried like donuts, with crème filling piped in, a glaze applied around the pastry, and topped with flavored icing. The new craze has given New Yorkers a reason to willingly wait in line at 6:00 a.m.—a whole two hours before Dominique Ansel Bakery actually opens.
With 200 of these pastries selling out in 30 minutes and other locals creating knock-off versions for quadruple the selling price, Cronuts have not only become the new “hot cake,” but have given the classic doughnut a new sense of importance.
The latest upgrade in the doughnut world is by none other than Dunkin’ Donuts, which put eggs, bacon, and cheese in between two halves of its renowned glazed doughnut, to create “The Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich.”
We’d say, it’s two heart attacks in a meal, but it’s definitely an interesting mix of sugary and savory that leaves customers curious and tempted.
Doughnuts nonetheless, remain a national favorite, with the ever-present Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, as well as specialty shops like The Donut Pub, The Doughnut Plant, and Wonder City Café and Donut Bar. And to celebrate the evergreen sweet, here are some doughnut giveaways you don’t want to miss out on!
Dunkin’ Donuts– With a purchase of any beverage, you get a free doughnut. Offer applies all day!
Krispy Kreme– In participating locations only, free doughnut giveaway with no purchase necessary! New York City, the place to go is 2 Penn Plaza, Amtrak Level.
Tim Hortons– Like their FaceBook page and print out their coupon for a free doughnut, with a purchase of any other item. New York City locations include 50th Street & 7th Avenue, 42nd street and Park Avenue, 2 Penn Plaza, and 9th Avenue between 50th and 51st streets.
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