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National Donut Day

National Donut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Donut Day event created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

And of course, here at House Party, we'll take any excuse to write about and ahem, sample, these delicious fried confections. So we stopped at one of the best NYC donut shops - The Doughnut Plant- and brought in a bevy to try. They are insanely ridiculously decadent! Thanks to Isabelle and Scott who were tending The Doughnut Plant the day we picked-up our batch. We had as fresh a combination of donuts as can be found anywhere. So, what were our choices? Get this:

  • Peanut Butter and Jam Filled
  • Cinnamon Bun
  • Creme Brulee
  • Pistachio
  • Blackout Cake
  • Tres Leches

The peanut butter and jam one is out-of-this-world and don't even get us started on their Tres Leches donut (heaven in dough form). The others are just as good, but we just don't have enough space to describe them all.

But we also wanted to share some of our favorite donuts and donut memories with you. So, here we go!

Danielle:

At the risk of a public flogging, I'm not the biggest donut lover. Don't get me wrong, I love dessert and treats, but for whatever reason donuts don't tempt me like other sweets. Maybe it's the fact that a minute after you eat one you're hungry again. Maybe it's the psychological knowledge of how they're made. Whatever the reason, I could take or leave donuts. But, I will confess to having a soft spot for Entenmann's Devil's Food Crumb Donuts. Those are the ones with the little "rabbit pellets" on top (appetizing, I know) and are just cakey bites of deliciousness. I recall having them as a child at my Nana's house and perhaps that's why they're a favorite. It's sentimental for me. But of course, it's chocolate too.

Brian:

Old-fashioned, Kruellers, raised-glazed, coconut crunch. The sugar-coated possibilities are virtually endless and trust me, I could go on...and on. Unlike Danielle, my love for donuts has been vibrant and unyielding from the very first one I had (ironically, the very same Entenmann's Devil's Food Crumb that she just mentioned!) While I'm certainly an equal opportunity donut eater, I have my favorites to be sure. For the sake of this post, I'll keep it to one of my sentimental favorites, the Coconut Crunch Donut. This particular Coconut Crunch recipe may not exactly resemble the standard offering you see alongside chocolate and powdered sugar varieties found at most convenience stores. Let's just say this one's a bit more evolved from the standard plastic tube type. (After all, we try to bring you nothing but the best her on the House Party official blog!) So, without any further ado, I'll pass it on to Liz for her top donut picks.

Liz:

I have to side with Danielle on this one, I'm not a huge donut fan, mostly because the calories just don't seem worth it to me. One easy way to work on that is to bake the donuts instead of fry them. So, I did a little research and found two delicious recipes for baked donuts that would definitely be worth the calories.

Healthy Baked Churro Donut Holes: The main differences here are using almond flour instead of regular flour and honey instead of sugar. Prep time is just 5 minutes, bake for 15 minutes and voila, donut holes coming in at only 150 calories (for 2)!

Mini Baked Donuts: These are more similar to traditional donuts with the main difference that they're baked. These little treats take just 22 total minutes to make and will be a hit with adults and kids alike!

Shana:

I officially fell in love with donuts when I discovered The Fractured Prune. At my college orientation, they gave out these warm, beautiful, cake-like treats that literally melted in my mouth. For those of you who're cake fans, this is the donut place for you. The Fractured Prune was conventionally located 5 minutes from my campus, so all of freshman year, my friends and I would go every Sunday. Unfortunately, for our minds, but fortunately for our weight, they moved locations my sophomore year. They are now located primarily in Maryland plus Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as well. If you're ever in these areas it's definitely worth the trip. Check out their specialty donuts - the Banana Nut Bread and Myrna Medley are my all time favorites.

What are your favorite donuts or donut shops? We'd love to hear about them.

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