Donutgrrl’s 2013 in Donuts

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In 2012 I visited over 22 donut shops. In 2013 I visited over 56 donut shops and ate over 83 different varieties (full lists below)! The first donut I ate in 2013 was a Berliner from Guglhupf in Durham, NC. What will my first donut in 2014 be?

My donut highlights in 2013:

  • The opening of my exhibit Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut: Donut Shops past & present of Brooklyn & Manhattan at Brooklyn’s City Reliquary. It’s up through February 2014, so stop in to see it!
  • Doing donut shop research with Anna O. Grant, who took the amazing photographs of present-day donut shops on display in Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut.
  • Donna at Peter Pan Donuts presenting me with a marble donut made especially for me.
  • Making the audio documentary In Search of the Marble Donut.
  • Blogging about donuts for Our State Eats.
  • Interviewing and meeting so many wonderful donut shop owners.
  • Talking with donut book authors Sally Levitt Steinberg and Paul Mullins.
  • Eating donuts with loved ones and friends.

The 56 donut shops and providers that I visited in 2013 (some more than once):
Average of 1 new donut shop every 6.5 days!

NC: Guglhupf, Monuts Donuts (10 visits), Rise Biscuits and Donuts (10 visits), Tasty Bakery, MJ Donuts, Krispy Kreme Challenge, Krispy Kreme in Chapel Hill, Krispy Kreme Raleigh, Dunkin Donuts, Donut World, Scratch, T Distefano’s Bakery, Saxapahaw General Store, NC Jelly Donut, Tasty Bakery, Daily Donuts, Donut Box, Duck Donuts, The Sweet Shoppe Bakery, Lexington’s Fancy Pastry Shop,  Granny’s Donuts in High Point, Super Donuts in Randleman, Britt’s Donuts, Granny’s Donuts in Kernersville, Vortex Doughnuts, Limones, The Iced Tea Lady at the NC State Fair, Panaderia La Favorita
GA: Ike and Jane
NYC: Doughnut Plant, Holey Cream, Donut Pub, Peter Pan Donuts and Pastry, Dough, Alpha Donuts, Mike’s Donuts & Coffee, Shaikh’s Place, Nostrand Donut Shop,  Dun Well Doughnuts, 7th Avenue Coffee and Donuts, Carpe Donut NYC
VA: Hall’s Pastry Shop
MI: Brighton Donuts, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Dutch Girl Donuts, Looney Baker,
DC: Golden Brown Delicious
WA: Heavenly Donuts, Top Pot Doughnuts, Daily Dozen, Legendary Doughnuts
OR: Blue Star Donuts, VooDoo Doughnuts
IL: Doughnut Vault, Do-Rite Donuts, Firecakes,

Donut varieties that I ate in 2013, at least 84 kinds:
Berliner, Zebra, Tiramsu, Chocolate Dip, Chocolate frosted, Vanilla frosted, Maple frosted, Pistachio, Glazed, Valrhona Chocolate (heart-shaped), Marble, Apple Turnover, Chocolate Marble Éclair, Blood Orange, Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs, Oreo Cream filled donut, Coconut Dream, Strawberry Chocolate Swirl, Oreo, Toasted Amaretto, Plum Ginger Jammie, Chocolate Frosted with Sprinkles, Almond Joy, Chocolate Bavarian Cream, Doughnut Muffin, Blackberry Julep, Margarita, Strawberry Beaver Queen, Espresso Cruller, Lemon Poppy Seed, The Original Lassie, Molasses and Cinnamon, Chocolate cake,  Bourbon Peach, Lemon Blueberry, Caramel Sea Salt, Cronie, Angel Puff, Apple Cider, Maple Walnut Banana, Chocolate Caramel with Pretzels, Chocolate Cake with Caramel icing and chocolate chips, Caramel Cream filled, Vanilla Cream filled, Lemon Ginger, North Carolinian, Heaven on Earth, German Chocolate cake, Glazed Spudnut, Chocolate Pumpkin, Churro, Cinnamon sugar, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate cream filled long john with Chocolate Sprinkles, Cinnamon sugar mini-donuts with caramel sauce, Cape Codder, Boo-Berry, Passion Fruit Snowball, Marble frosted cake, Maple Old Fashioned, Feather Boa, Salted Caramel Old Fashioned, Peanut Butter Pancake, Chocolate Almond, Portland Cream, Voodoo Doll, Old Dirty Bastard, Diablos Rex, Gingerbread stack, Birthday Cake, Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Meyer Lemon, Coconut Cream, Valrhona with espresso cream filling, Coconut filled, Peppermint Old Fashioned, Peanut Butter Cup, Cranberry Cake, Mistletoe, Chocolate cake with mint frosting and candy canes, Reindeer donut, and Snowman.

In 2013 I found Marble donuts at:
Monuts Donuts, Holey Cream, Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry, Brighton Donuts, Duck Donuts, Heavenly Donuts, T Distefano’s Bakery

In 2013 I found variations of the Marble donut at:
Donut Pub, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, Monuts Donuts

I look forward to more donuts and donut adventures in 2014!


Media coverage of Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut

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There has been some great media coverage of my donut exhibit, Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut at Brooklyn’s City Reliquary. Here’s a roundup of articles and posts so far!

Time Out New York
Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut

A very sweet timeline: The history of the New York doughnut

Zagat New York City
“Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” Exhibit Coming Soon

NY Daily News
Out-of-the-Box Exhibit 

The Brooklyn Paper
Hole lotta love: Sweet exhibition celebrates New York’s deep-fried delicacies

untapped cities
Donut Ephemera Is Raised to the Status of Relics in a New Exhibit at the City Reliquary in Brooklyn

The Braiser
There’s a Donut Exhibit Opening In New York City, Which Delightfully Snubs the Cronut

Brooklyn Exposed
Keep Your Eye (and your mouth) on the Donut

Epicurious Instagram

Doughnut Plant website
Doughnut Plant History Part of “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” Exhibition

And some great blog posts too including this one: Sweet Umbrellas, City Reliquary Praises The Doughnut

Now that you’ve read what other people think, see it yourself! Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut is up through February at the City Reliquary in Brooklyn (Williamsburg).

Two donut items not in the exhibit, because I’ll be wearing them

Donut necklace charm and pin

While most of my collection of donut ephemera is on view at the City Reliquary for Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut, these are two objects I left out since I’ll be wearing them at this weekend’s opening events. The first is a silver charm with the Mayflower Doughnut shop motto on the front. I discovered it online and it came with very little information. On the back it has this info: DCA June 1964 GDM. DCA at that time would have stood for DCA Food Industries, what Doughnut Corporation of America was renamed in 1956. Perhaps this was some sort of award for employees of the company with the initials GDM? I would love to find out more about it.

The motto on this necklace is special to me since when I was growing up it was on a mug (on view in the exhibit) that belonged to my Mom. As a child this motto felt mysterious to me, but today I agree wholeheartedly with the optimistic perspective it promotes.

The pin is another version of signaling one’s membership in the National Dunking Association which I mentioned in a previous post. In the invaluable The Donut Book by Sally Levitt Steinberg (granddaughter of Adolph Levitt, the founder of the Doughnut Corporation of America), she tells a story of wearing a similar pin on her first day of first grade. In the exhibit I discuss the rich history of the Doughnut Corporation of America and its contributions to popularizing the donut in greater detail.

Join us this weekend for the opening events for Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut and you’ll likely get to see these two objects.
Saturday, December 7, 6-9 p.m. Opening Celebration & Donut Party
Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m. Gallery Talk and meeting of the Donut Dunkers Club

Preview: Two more items in my “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” exhibit & the First Meeting of the Donut Dunkers Club

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In the 1930s the National Dunking Association was founded. In addition to buttons that had names of specific donut shops, according to the membership card being a life member meant that you were “permitted at all times to dunk donuts either in private or in public, without criticism or interference.” At one point there were reportedly 3 million members! The Association’s headquarters was at 152 West 42nd Street in New York City. It seems to have been started by the Doughnut Corporation of America and they involved movie stars to help popularize the trend.  The buttons show above will be on view in the Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut exhibit at Brooklyn’s City Reliquary. One of these mentions Mayflower Doughnuts, which had a location in Times Square and became the first donut shop chain in the United States.

For the Keep Your Eye on the Donut exhibit we were inspired by the buttons of the National Dunking Association to revive the spirit of this group and we’re forming the Donut Dunkers Club. At meetings we will practice donut dunking techniques. We’ll have a few meetings of the DDC at the City Reliquary during the exhibition including the first one on Sunday, December 8th following a gallery talk at 3 p.m.. Everyone who attends will receive an official Donut Dunkers Club membership card. Donut Dunkers Club buttons will also be available. Coffee for that meeting will be provided by Oslo. Click here for more details.

Preview: Another item in my “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” exhibit

Dr Crum ad

Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut: Donut Shops Past & Present of Brooklyn & Manhattan I’m posting another object from my collection of donut ephemera that be on view in the exhibit at Brooklyn’s City Reliquary Museum. Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut opens this weekend!

This object is an ad from the Doughnut Corporation of America promoting Dr. Howard J. Crum’s “Donut Reducing Diet.” In 1941 Dr. Crum outlined this mono-diet in his book Beauty and Health: A Course in Loveliness. His idea was that by eating donuts a person would be satisfied and not vulnerable to cheating on this diet. Visit the City Reliquary to see this ad, the book, and the details of how Dr. Crum’s donut diets can lead to losing 1-2 pounds a week (I think diets in the ’40s were different than we think of them today).