A Policeman’s Dream: The American History of Donuts

Sami Jarroush explains how donuts became a beloved food in the United States

On Sunday, September 3rd, David Lynch and Mark Frost’s iconic series Twin Peaks comes to an end. In anticipation, Consequence of Sound will be reporting live from The Great Northern Hotel with some damn fine features all week. Today, Sami Jarroush heads to the Twin Peaks Sheriff Department to offer a quick history lesson on donuts. Now, you’ll have an icebreaker for whenever Lucy sets that delicious spread for Truman and co. in the morning.

Late into Twin Peaks: The Return, Deputy Director Gordon Cole (Lynch) looks at a plate of donuts and coffee and calls it “a policeman’s dream.” He’s not wrong: The delectable pairing has long been a favorite of many an American cop, and for all the right reasons. They’re tasty, they’re sugary, and they insists that all is right in the world at that very moment.

But how did they come to prominence in the United States of America? US 101 host Sami Jarroush has all the answers, and will explain who first brought donuts to our shores, how the hole in the donut was invented, the origin stories of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Dunkin’ Donuts, and when National Doughnut Day became a holiday.

So, grab yourself a chocolate with sprinkles to go with your hot cup of coffee and enjoy this tasty American tale. If you’re hungry for more history, be sure to follow Professor Jarroush on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel.


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