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Donuts Were Apparently The Earliest Recorded Dessert We Made

Happy #NationalDonutDay! Go big or go home…

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It’s National Donut Day today, which means that thousands of people across the country will be lining up to score some sweet deals and take pictures of their favorite fried dough treats to paste all over the Internet. Donuts have extensively evolved across America, from the time-honored original glazed donut to exorbitant and decorative creations at places like Voodoo Doughnut.

On a day that commemorates such an iconic pastry, it’s important to recognize the history behind one of the US’s favorite sweets. If you’re hoping to get a taste of history’s first-ever donut on National Donut Day, you’re in luck because several restaurants still cook and sell that tasty piece of history.

LOUKOUMADES TIME!! @sjgreekfestival #sjgreekfestival #sanjosegreekfestival #sanjose #loukoumades #opa #greekfood

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I’m talking about what may possibly be the oldest dessert on the entire planet: Loukoumades (Λουκουμάδες). These Greek donut holes are made from deep-fried yeasty dough that gets drizzled or soaked in honey. The result is an explosion of syrupy sweet goodness every time you bite into one. Now frequently sold at Greek restaurants and Greek festivals across the country, these decadent bites were actually developed over two thousand years ago.

Back then, loukoumades were known as “charisoi” (χαρίσιοι), which translates in modern English to “charisma” (their more modern name coming from the Arabic word لقمة or luqma, which means small bite). According to the ancient Greek poet Callimachus, they were one of the first-ever prizes awarded to winners of the Olympic Games, which began back in 776 B.C. Depicted in his writing as “honey tokens,” Callimachus’s description of them in his writings marks the earliest mention of any kind of pastry or dessert in literature from around the entire world. That means that loukoumades, and therefore donut holes, are likely the first-ever recorded dessert in the history of our planet.

Since that time, the recipe for loukoumades spread throughout Turkey, Egypt, Persia, and even Italy, which eventually led to the development of zeppole, and then donuts, throughout the entire world. So when you order that donut for your Instagram feed, take some time to remember where these glazed treats came from, and that when you bite into one, you’re also biting into a piece of history.

Fast Food Sweets

For Mother’s Day, Tim Hortons Is Selling Donut Hole Bouquets For Moms

Mother’s Day is less than a week away and you’re gonna want to get your mom something sweet to show you care. Because flowers have been done to death, why not get her something a little more creative? Something she can enjoy with her morning cup of coffee.

Donut and coffee chain Tim Hortons created a bouquet out of their popular Timbits (donut holes), in honor of Mother’s Day.

The bouquet features a variety of 24 Timbits ranging from chocolate, glazed, sprinkled, and other flavors thrown on long-stemmed skewers and packaged with decorative paper in a Mother’s Day-themed box.

A perfect last-minute gift for anyone in a pinch.

You can find the Timbits Bouquet at participating Tim Hortons locations in the United States and Canada for $7.99. They will only be available on Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 14.

FOODBEAST Hit-Or-Miss Sweets

Watch This Freak Eater Try To Crush A Box Of Donut Holes In 3 Minutes

Competitve eating-badass, Nader “Freak Eating” Reda, is not one to shy away from chasing records, holding the In-N-Out burger record that he crushed right here at the Foodbeast offices recently and even the team ice cream sandwich record. Dude is always trying to top himself, somehow keeping his stomach intact.

This time he shot for the donut hole eating record, which admittedly didn’t exist, which he is now the king of, crushing 27 of Pinkbox’s donuts holes in 3 minutes.

Watching this guy eat will not only give you heart palpitations, but will make you fear that his jaw will unhinge at some point as the doughy little balls kept being shoved in his mouth with no mercy.

How he did it without milk is beyond me, but he took it like a champ and added another record to his illustrious wall of accolades.


How To Make Glazed Tequila Shot Donut Holes


Have you ever popped in a donut hole and thought, “This could use some booze”? Well this boozy, sugary treat will make you feel some type of way in the morning, or whenever you usually eat donuts.

Oh, Bite It threw down this crazy recipe, showing us all how to make tequila donut holes with a sweet lime glaze coated over it.

You probably need to be a little comfortable in the kitchen to make these, but it’s still pretty easy to make, and the end results are worth it.

The recipe makes 24 donut holes, which is probably enough for a small party, or just you. No judging.


You’ll need tequila, of course, an egg, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter and canola oil. Oh, Bite It shows you how to make the lime glaze, the dough itself and how long to fry it.

If you don’t feel a buzz from these little balls, you’ll still have some left over tequila, so you can take a swig in between bites.

Check the whole recipe and other crazy foods on Oh, Bite It.



Cinnabon Rolls Out Bite-Sized Donut Holes Dubbed ‘CinnaSweeties’


No matter how minimally-portioned, Cinnabon will always be bad for you. Still, we gotta love them for trying.

Significantly more waistline-friendly than the chain’s infamous cinnamon roll, Cinnabon’s new “CinnaSweeties” are baked donut-holes, coated with the chain’s signature Makara cinnamon and sugar. They are available for $2.49 for five and $3.99 for 10. They also come with cream cheese frosting on the side (instead of baked-in, like the Taco Bell version).

Now, you could avoid the store altogether and save yourself a world of regret. Or you could do the smart thing, which is start to order a Pecanbon or Cinnabites, and then decide to go with the CinnaSweeties instead. Crisis averted.

Fast Food

Taco Bell Offers Cinnabon Donut Holes Filled with Cinnabon Frosting


Taco debuted their new Cinnabon Delights, offering fast foodies yet another dessert option. The new  treats are coated with Makara cinnamon mixed with sugar and filled with a special Cinnabon frosting. So not only can you get your Grilled-Stuft Nacho at the drive-thru, but you can top it off with some Cinnabon Delights. Because this is Mexican food.

The Cinnabon Delights come in a pack of four with a total of 260 calories a serving, 15 grams of fat and 16 grams of sugar.

Fast Food

Dunkin’ Donuts Offers Orange-Frosted Boston ‘Scream’ Donut


For the Halloween season, Dunkin’ Donuts is bring back their Boston Scream Donut for customers to enjoy leading up to the holiday. The Boston Scream is a seasonal offering to the menu taken from the Boston Kreme original (yeast donut with vanilla custard and a chocolate glaze) and modified for Halloween with an orange frosting that is only available for fall.

Dunkin’ Donuts will also be offering donut holes packed in limited-edition Halloween boxes that are decorated with donut holes dressed up for the holiday (yes, really). The donut holes will be available in orders of 25 or 50. The Boston Scream is available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

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Fast Food

Burger King to Start Serving ‘Lightly Glazed’ Donut Holes for Limited Time


In their continuous effort to support their breakfast program, Burger King has added a 5-piece order of donut holes offering to their menu.

The new donuts have been met with mixed reviews from various food review blogs, with a general consensus noting that they seem to smell better than they actually taste. SeriousEats even goes so far as to call them “dead average,” highlighting that one of the selling points is actually their light glaze, which makes eating the entire batch not immediately regrettable.

Regardless, the donut holes are apparently available on the brand’s all-day menu for $1.49, and nutritionally, each group of five donuts will set you back 280 calories, 11 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 4 grams of protein.