The (Seriously Sweet) History of Doughnuts

Published June 6, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
Published June 6, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014

Oddly enough, the history of doughnuts is intimately tied to war. As World War II began, these American treats were once again distributed to soldiers, this time from female morale boosters that were nicknamed “Donut Dollies.” (A similar practice would later occur during the Vietnam War.) It was during the 1940s and 1950s that the large doughnut franchises like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme were born, introducing the world to mass-produced doughnuts.

Wartime Donut Dollies

Source: Geva Journal

These days, doughnuts are everywhere. And today’s doughnuts often look nothing like the first olykoeks brought over from Dutch pilgrims. With everything from jalapeno doughnuts to ones filled with peanut butter and jelly, if you can imagine it, you can likely eat it.

Bizarre Doughnuts

Source: Eat With Me

Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.