With National Donut Day on June 4, it’s time to celebrate the donut, a uniquely American treat with an origins story involving many different cultures. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the donut’s past includes a merging of recipes and innovations from Native Americans, Dutch immigrants, Russian exiles, and French bakers. It was just after World War I that the popularity of the donut began to soar. In fact, it was after the war that the first Friday in June was declared National Donut Day to honor the Salvation Army Lassies, the volunteers who served donuts to the soldiers on the front lines.
Since then, the humble donut’s been on a roll, with gourmet donut shops elevating this holey treat to an art form. Glazed and cake donuts are certainly still available for those who prefer the classics, but they’ve been joined by a dizzying array of options. Ever tried a maple frosted donut with crumbled bacon on top? Or perhaps a Fruity Pebbles-covered tribute to Saturday mornings watching cartoons in our pajamas? Dunkin’ recently offered a limited edition ghost pepper donut. These days, that box of donuts at the office on Friday mornings could contain untold wonders.
These 10 cities have ordered the most donuts in the past year.
It’s estimated that over 10 billion donuts are consumed in the U.S. every year. With National Donut Day coming up, we took a look at which cities in the U.S. have ordered the most donut catering in the past year, and some of the most popular donut shops in each location.
1. Houston, Texas
In addition to all the classic staples, this long-time donut institution also makes beignets, the beloved New Orleans style donut.
Bigger isn’t always better, as anyone who has ever tried one of the delectable mini donuts from The Dapper Doughnuts can attest.
In the mood for something a little different? The Thai donuts (deep fried dough sticks) from Pei Wei Asian Kitchen are also incredibly popular.
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2. Dallas, Texas
Urban Donut offers fancifully named creations like “Cake Me Up B4 U Go Go”, “Bacon It Happen”, and “Pegasus Nutella Crunch.” ‘Nuff said.
A bubble tea joint offering chewy puff donuts? Sign us up!
Donuts, croissants AND kolaches! Oh my!
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3. Tampa, Florida
Home of the Homer Simpson donut. Or should we say D’oh-nut?
Vanilla Iced. Old Dirty Bird. Man Bait. Reading the menu is almost as fun as eating the donuts.
When your donuts are this good, you can keep it simple. Chocolate or glazed?
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4. Boston, Massachusetts
Show the office how much you care with their mini donut bouquet.
In addition to their classics and more creative items, Kane’s also has monthly specials such as the Margarita donut and the Lemon Raspberry Chiffon donut.
With seasonal specials, vegan donuts, and everything from Boston Cream to Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch, Union Square Donuts has something for everyone.
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5. Chicago, Illinois
They’ve got the standards, the specialties and a baker’s dozen of what they call Dough Boy’s Best.
Not only can you get tantalizing flavors such as Pistachio-Meyer Lemon and Valrhona Chocolate Cake, but you can also get them gluten-free.
Chicago runs on Dunkin’.
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6. Orange County, California
Made-to-order donuts? Oh yes. Just pick your flavor, toppings and not one, but two, drizzles.
Home of the kronut – half croissant, half donut?!
No false advertising here. The donuts truly are yum!
Orange County’s also hip to the Thai donuts from Pei Wei Asian Kitchen.
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7. Oakland, California
Creme Brulee. Strawberry Shortcake. Triple Chocolate Cake. All in donut form. Donut Petit also offers a variety of gluten-free and vegan donuts.
All the classics are represented from the powdered to the maple.
Mochi donuts and mini nutella beignets. Why even try to resist?
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8. Nashville, Tennessee
Cake donuts? Yeast? Buttermilk? Specialty? Miniature old fashioned? Whatever you’re craving they’re already making.
Do-Nut Holes? Do nut mind if we do!
You can’t go wrong with the unique creations in the assorted Funkadellic Donuts from the popular donut chain Peace Love and Little Donuts.
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9. Los Angeles, California
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Then glazed and topped to order.
With ten, count them, ten varieties of cronut!
Simple cake donut and glazed donut assortments prove that the classics are still in high demand.
Honorable mention: Paris Baguette, hand-crafted and unforgettable.
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10. New York, New York
There’s a reason the classics never go out of style. They taste just as good now as they did back then.
These mini donuts will literally blow you away!
Taking pride in making donuts you’ve never seen, heard or imagined before (like, say, a pomegranate-tahini donut).
Creative and crave-able mochi donuts, made fresh daily in small batches.
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Whether your city made the list or not, we’ve got lots of great donut shops in your area offering donuts delivered, to ensure that any day can be donut day. One final piece of advice, though; don’t forget the coffee!