What's with the hole in the doughnut?

Sherry, Atlanta: It's in order to get the doughnut evenly done during deep-frying without being burnt or overdone on the outside. That way you have uniform texture. The ones without holes [are] moving into eclairs and puff pastries. Doughnuts are the nectar of the gods. The circle is an ancient and profound symbol of spirituality. Look at Stonehenge, the Earth and circle dances.

Carol, Atlanta: It's to hold onto while you're dunking them in your coffee. The ones without holes are not for dunking. I mean, think about it, who would dunk a jelly doughnut in their coffee? Jelly, or any cream-filled doughnut, does not mix with coffee. I prefer the ones with the holes. They're easier to hold onto. The hole gives you a handle on every side.

Ra'oof, Atlanta: The hole is what makes it a doughnut, otherwise it's a pastry or cinnamon bun. The word itself 'doughnut', the "dough" comes from dough, what it's made of, and the "nut" is what's missing. The "nut" may be the actual tool that removes the center. Those neon lights at Krispy Kreme are hypnotic. When I see them, I just got to get my doughnuts.



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