Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

The True History Of Doughnuts: An American Classic

  1. Begin



    See All Slides

    Happy National Doughnut Day! Is there anything more wonderful than a doughnut? It's every gluttonous vice combined into one — fried things, sugary things, sprinkle-y things, things that you just cannot stop eating. And from the most sinfully delicious Krispy Kremes to the fancy, Williamsburg-born concoctions we've seen pop up in recent years, much like God's children, each doughnut is beautiful and unique.

    But then the cronut came along, and changed everything. All this madness got us thinking — how did it all begin? And how on Earth did we end up in this crazy situation where people will pay $40 for a combined croissant-doughnut miracle? Join us, friends, on a sugary ride through the history of doughnuts. It's more illuminating than you might think.

    Illustrated by ; Illustrated by

    Begin Slideshow



7 Buys To Beat The Sunday Blues

It's easy to get discouraged this time of year. It's cold, dreary, and snowy. You spend spring, summer, and fall weekends running around, but during this season it proves difficult to even leave the house. But, then again, why would you really need or want to? You have Netflix, Seamless, and an endless universe of read


You Shouldn't Have: The 11 WORST V-Day Gifts Ever

Whether your relationship is in the exciting lavish-gifts and loving-declarations phase, or the comfortably long-term, "mumbling at each other while you watch your shows" phase, you should know Valentine's Day is fast approaching. And with it, the attendant pressure of getting him or her something that truly expresses read