Honey Dew Donuts, a shop that has “Donuts” right there in the title, refuses to sell the sweet treat at their brand new Massachusetts location (a state that has the most donut shops per person in the nation), citing that donuts are unhealthy, and their organization chooses to focus instead on promoting physical fitness and wellness.
The shop will be located within the city of Quincy’s shiny new $30 million YMCA facility, and they are prepared to sell all of the things you might expect to find in a health food establishment: coffee, fruit cups, yogurt, smoothies, and salads, as well as sandwiches and low-fat muffins. You just won’t find any donuts on the premises.
Here’s a dose of pure irony for you, though. According to Huffington Post, the website for Honey Dew Donuts shows that the shop's low-fat muffins contain more calories and sugar than a significant portion of the donuts on their donut menu.
In all fairness, their muffin selection looks pretty damn delectable. It’s not too often that you see this many selections of muffins available. I’d gladly work off the extra pounds in exchange for a sampling of their Gingerbread Muffin Tops muffin, or their Apple N’ Spice muffin - yum.
Bet you didn’t know that there’s a wealth of trivia out there to be had about donuts. For instance, did you know that both spellings (“donut” and “doughnut”) are both correct? So you can stop driving yourself crazy over those five times in your life that you might actually have to write out the word.
Dunkin’ Donuts is actually credited with shortening the word "doughnut" to "donut" during the 20th century. Speaking of “DD”, did you know they were originally named “Open Kettle” by the American entrepreneur, William Rosenberg? It wasn't until 1950 that Dunkin' Donuts got the name that we have all come to know them by.
Here are some more interesting facts about donuts, because why not.
- During World War II, young girls referred to as “Doughnut Dollies” would serve fresh donuts and hot coffee to airmen as they came back from their overseas missions. The “Dollies” would also broadcast Big Band music as a way to welcome the soldiers home.
- The origin of the donut is highly disputed. Variations of the snack can be seen in many locations throughout the world over the course of history. However, one widely accepted origin story is that the Dutch were making what were referred to as “olykoeks” or “oil cakes” as far back as the mid 19th century. These “cakes” often had centers filled with fruits, nuts, or other fillings that didn’t need to be cooked, since the centers of the cakes did not cook as quickly as their outsides did.
- Another interesting origin story is that a cow accidentally kicked over a pot of oil onto a pastry mixture, indirectly creating the donut. (Hopefully that cow was ultimately spared from becoming hamburger meat as a thank-you.)
- Donuts have not one, but two days dedicated to them every year. National Doughnut Day is the first Friday in June every year. Doughnut Appreciation Day, however, is November 7. Apparently, these are two entirely different days, but who would argue with having two days a year wherein you can eat donuts entirely guilt-free (or at least moderately)?