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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.

Food Trucks Sweets

Nutella Loukoumades

GFT, or for non food-elitists, Gourmet Food Trucks, have been catching on to the food trends that have been sweeping the Internet foodie communities for the past couple months. In the case of Southern California based truck Louks, they’ve combined the luscious appeal of Nutella with the stereotypically Greek loukamades dessert.

Interested? Loukoumades, or louks for short, are a type of fried-dough pastry made of deep fried dough that is soaked in sugar syrup or honey and cinnamon, and often times sprinkled with sesame, graham crackers or crumbled nuts. In the case of these Nutella Louks, they’re topped with some serious dollops of Nutella chocolate. Chase the truck on Twitter if you want to get a taste of this deliciousness!

Cravings Sweets

Craving: Loukoumades

I was first introduced to the this awesome dessert at a local Middle Eastern Food Festival many years back. Fried and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. This deep fried-dough pastry is soaked in any mixture of sugar syrup or honey, topped with cinnamon and sprinkled with sesame seeds, powdered sugar, nuts or anything that resembles crumbled graham crackers. Find your way to some event that is serving them, you will definitely not be dissapointed! If we find out any places serving them, we’ll be sure to keep you up to speed! (PicThx QuiteCurious)