National Cream-Filled Donut Day
annually on September 14th
National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day celebrates doughnuts of the cream-filled variety. Doughnuts, or "donuts" as they also are known, are deep-fried yeast pastries. The first doughnuts in America in fact were little "nuts" of dough, and they were brought to New England by the Pilgrims, who had learned to make them while they were in Holland from 1607-1620. The first mention of doughnuts in print was in Washington Irving's 1809 book History of New York, which talks about Dutch settlers to New Amsterdam in the 17th century. By the middle of the 19th century, doughnuts with a punched out center became the norm, and doughnut corers were even being sold by mail order catalog! By the 20th century, many variations of doughnuts became popular, including the cream-filled doughnut. Sometimes these doughnuts are known as a "cream doughnut" or "cream stick", and they can be filled with a number of different fillings such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, raspberry, and lemon. One of the most popular cream-filled doughnuts is the Boston cream doughnut, which has chocolate frosting and a vanilla cream filling. It is a miniaturized doughnut version of the Boston cream pie, and in 2003 it was made the official doughnut of Massachusetts.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by eating a cream-filled doughnut. Why stop at one? There are many flavors to choose! Stop at your local doughnut shop or bakery, or make your own! You could even try to make a Boston cream doughnut.