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November 5th is National Doughnut Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then I hope it's your cheat day because it's National Doughnut Day!  And if it isn't your cheat day, then you might want to reschedule things! ;)  Let's get right into celebrating National Doughnut Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, people are just crazy about these unhealthy little circles. How do I know? Because this is actually the second National Doughnut Day this year; there's actually one in June too. So I'm not sure if they are each for different nations, but there is obviously a huge demand for doughnuts. They satisfy the cravings for both fatty and sweet foods in one and there is a huge selection to choose from. So when people want doughnuts this often, you give them not one, but two holidays!  But why do I say that they are unhealthy and that this should be your "cheat day"? Well, doughnuts are fried and then covered in tons of different sugary mixes. But don't feel bad about celebrating today because having a perfect diet isn't realistic. So enjoy the fried sweetness for just today and let's take a look at the different kinds of doughnuts from around the world.

Have you ever heard of a ngŗuhleisōu? You probably can't even pronounce that, huh? Well I can't either but it's Chinese for Ox-tongue pastry, because it's shaped like a tongue. And all it is is an oval shaped doughnut. Have you ever had a donat kentang? Well then you've probably never been to Indonesia! A donat kentang is a potato doughnut made from mashed potatoes and flour and then is coated in sugar-filled awesomeness. But, as I'm browsing these doughnuts, there are two flavors I've noticed that I would like to try myself: cider doughnuts and pumpkin doughnuts.  Which kind of doughnut is your favorite?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, what is the closest doughnut shop to you? If you're looking to start your day off with a celebratory feast, with some coffee on the side, then you might as well have someone else make them for you! So where are you headed? Dunkin' Donuts? Krispy Kreme? Starbucks? Well, then get to it!  But have you ever made your own doughnuts? It's really not that hard, as long as you don't overheat your oil and make sure to flip them babies when they are golden brown. But I mean, you can make it a little more difficult if you want to make an interesting flavor. Making your own dough will take a little longer, but you can really come up with some unique flavors. Like a red velvet doughnut, perhaps?

And you can make them in any shape you want! Make a pineapple flavored doughnut in the shape of a star, if you feel like it. And, even though I failed at it before (because of cooking them too long), don't be afraid to hide little treats in your doughnuts before you fry them. Pop some Reese's Pieces in there and see what happens! Just remember, when you have the oil heated to about 375 degrees, it's only going to take about a minute to brown each side. You'll see the bottom browning though, and you'll know when to flip it.  Have a great day and enjoy your momentary binge!





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