Doughnuts: their names and origins.
Some people like going to the beach, other people like going to the mountains. Some people love rock music, others love pop music. Do you know, though, what is the one thing that unites us all? Everybody loves doughnuts.
Yes, we are aware that they are not exactly in line with our dietary requirements, but let’s try to focus on the interesting facts. Indeed, you might not know that in some parts of the UK, you might encounter several different names for these delicious fried rings.
For instance, do you know what people call them in some parts of Scotland? Their particular name is “doughrings”, while the term doughnuts identifies only the nut-shaped variety. Moreover, the rope-shaped doughnuts are called “yum-yums”. And if you think this is not enough, in some other parts of Scotland you can even find fudge doughnuts.
Moreover, Northern Ireland has another term for doughnuts. Have you ever heard of “gravy rings”? It is an archaic phrase that means “hot cooking oil”.
Despite the numerous names for doughnuts, what is really uncertain is the doughnut’s origins. Indeed, who created doughnuts and when are widely disputed. According to one popular legend they were invented by a Dutch settler in the U.S. Other theories see the American Hanson Gregory as the inventor of the sweetest of the dough. Whatever is the origin for the recipe of this dough, it is very clear that they have become part of the “dessert cuisine”.
Even though love towards the doughnut might be reason enough to justify a doughnut day, the main reason why a doughnut day exists (a part from the fact they they’re really good) comes from something that happened during World War I. Given the scarcity of baked goods, The Salvation Army volunteers thought to give donuts to soldiers. And as you can image, they appreciated the gesture =D! It is said that those women were called “doughnut dollies” by the servicemen.
We hope our article regarding doughnuts gave you some more general knowledge and a healthy appetite. Remember not to eat too many doughnuts! =)
Maria Chiara Strano