doughnuts: a history

fancy doughtnut
there is nothing in the world that’s more interesting than doughnuts. but where did these tasty pastries come from? i set out to the tim horton’s a few blocks up the road to find out.

me: hi, i’d like a boston creme doughnut please
employee : sure, would you like anything else with that?
me: no thank you
employee: that will be $1.12
me: here you go – exact change
employee: thank you and have a nice day
me: you too. bye.

after a little careful observation, i’ve concluded that doughnuts come from the other side of the door that says “employees only” in tim horton’s restaurants. they sit in a window display until someone buys them: their destiny lying finally in the consumer’s hands. mine ended up in the garbage can.

3 responses

  1. fraser

    The history of the Timbit, however, is much more tumultuous and complex.

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 04:44

  2. paul

    excellent observation fraser: charles frederick mercedes spent most of his life tracing the roots of the doughnut hole (or ‘timbit’ as we call it,) beginning to write it in 1835 at the old age of 78. he unfortunately died before completing his work.

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 04:48

  3. paul

    Francis Aronovitch, emeritus professor of culinary history at Cambridge University, is currently compiling the letters mercedes wrote throughout his life. hopefully this will help cast a light on the work that the great mercedes left unfinished.

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 00:22

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