06
Jun
13

National Doughnut Day!

I’m giving you a heads up, so you can be prepared for breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snacks or all of them). Tomorrow, June 7, is National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut day was created in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers.

Now, aside from a tasty treat, why would The Lady in The Red Cloak be writing about doughnuts? The history behind them of course! And all the better that that history begins in one of the Maine towns that offers Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, Camden.

There was a young man… well, in 1847 he was considered almost a man, I’m sure. He was 15 so nowdays we might call him a boy. He had a complaint to make to his mother about her favored ‘dough cakes’. They were nice fluffy blobs of dough that she fried, then sprinkled with sugar, maple syrup, nuts or whatever she had handy. They were not only favorites of the family, but also the neighbors.

Hanson Gregory, by this old age of 15, considered he could respectfully tell his mother something he’d been hiding for years – the centers of her ‘dough cakes’ were quite soggy!

His mother was not offended, she agreed with him, saying that she had tried cooking them longer or making them smaller or flattening them out more, but it was no use – the centers were still soggy!

Hanson, smart young man that he was, suggested that she just take the middles out before frying them and the doughnut was born!

So, there you have it – maybe it will make your doughnut all the tastier tomorrow! Enjoy!

This is a picture of Hanson Crockett Gregory at a much later age.

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6 Responses to “National Doughnut Day!”


  1. June 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    GREAT POST!!I love stuff like this!! I am going to re-blog this to my site. Keep up the good work!

  2. June 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Good Time Stories and commented:
    This is a great story about the history of the doughnut…Hmmmmmm!

  3. June 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Could I put this article on my other blog page? Please LMK Thanks!

  4. 5 Carole Starr
    June 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I am related to Hanson Gregory. He was my cousin. My great grandfather Charles E. Gregory knew him and he and other family members were quite dedicated to preserving the story of the doughnut hole. They must have done something right because years ago I met someone in Virginia who told me that the one fact he knew about Maine was that the hole in the doughnut was invented there! I’ve often thought that Hanson Gregory’s mother deserved as much credit as he did, since she was the one who brought his doughnuts with holes to the neighbors and the local market, giving his idea a chance to spread!


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