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Where Are Donuts Most Popular?

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Donuts have been around in one form or another for centuries. The donut as we know it, round with a hole in the middle, became popular in the early days of the United States. The sweet doughy treats have found their way into nearly every town of this country and have even traveled across oceans. Many places have developed special flavors that draw crowds to taste them, but the classic flavors like glazed and angel cream-filled are still the most popular. Even though donuts have become widespread throughout the whole country, there are still some specific cities where they remain especially popular.

Nashville, TN

Donuts are popular here because they offer a quick breakfast before a full day’s schedule of fun. They make great after-concert treats for adults and kids alike. Packing the car with donuts and other treats, you can get out and enjoy anything that comes your way during the day without having to spend time looking for a place to stop and eat.

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson offers the laid-back atmosphere of days gone by. Residents love tradition, and those traditions include a Saturday trip to the donut shop with the little ones. They also find their way to many church suppers and summer cookouts.

Aurora, Colorado

Mountain hikes are big here. Hikers have found that donuts are easy to pack in their bags, make quick nourishment breaks that leave only crumbs behind (which the birds quickly clean up), and they offer a taste of familiarity when you are surrounded by the sounds of nature that are so often quiet among the city noise.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is famous for all the Texas grandness. For all the activity and wildness that draws people to this city, the down-home atmosphere of a donut shop that has a history of making people smile with its simple goodness and open friendliness is one of the favorite places here.

El Dorado, Arkansas

This may not be the El Dorado of movies and books, but the people here consider donuts to be a treasure. Whether out for an evening stroll or on the way to a weekend sporting event, the residents and visitors to this southern town take a stroll back into the past where life was less stressful, and the smell of freshly made donuts could put everyone in a better mood.

Wherever you wander, take a moment to find out where you can find the local Shipley Do-Nuts shop. We have the donuts that will make anywhere you are the best place to eat a donut!

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What Kind of Donuts Are There?


The origin of donuts is something that many people feel will never be known for sure. Originally, the sweet dough was fried and people didn’t like the way the outside would get crispy but the middle remained uncooked. Today, the sweet dough now comes in varieties that see it covered in many different frostings, glazes, and items such as sprinkles. Others come with sweet cream or fruit flavor nestled inside. Your local donut shop will have donuts in a variety of shapes, but exactly what kinds of basic donuts are there? Let’s take a look.

Yeast Donuts

This batter is prepared with yeast that helps the donut rise to a fluffy goodness. The batter is more like a sweet bread. It is this yeast batter that is often adapted for donuts with fillings. Yeast donuts can also be made by twisting the batter so that it forms a long treat that is most often covered with glaze.

Cake Donuts

Cake donuts have a consistency that is more like a cake than bread. They are often heavier in texture than yeast donuts, and are normally only found in the traditional ring shape. When people make donuts at home, it is more often the cake type that is prepared.


Old fashioned donuts have a more ragged appearance that allows for a more outer surface. These donuts are normally round with a hole in the middle, but they are less dense than the traditional yeast donut and have a crispier texture because of the greater exterior surface.


These are the basics of all the donuts you now find in your local bakery. Some have developed different names, such as the fritter, with bits of fruit mixed into the batter before frying, or the long john, which is a cream-filled donut that is shaped like a long bullet rather than in a circle.

Donut vs. Doughnut

There is actually no difference between these. Originally, the fried-dough treats were spelled ‘doughnut.’ When bakers decided to introduce this treat into other countries, they shortened the spelling to make it easier to spell in non-English speaking countries. However you spell it, it all comes down to one of the country’s most popular bakery items.

Check out the large variety of donuts available at your nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop. We have over sixty varieties, which is plenty to satisfy the sweet tooth of even the pickiest of eaters. If leaving the house doesn’t appeal to you right this moment, stop by our online store and check out what we have to offer.

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Participate in 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids' Meals!

Participate in the 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids’ Meals!

Participate in 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids' Meals!

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Shipley Do-Nuts started a new tradition four years ago that we hope to continue well into the future. Our fourth annual Do-Nut Dash is slated to take place on Saturday, April 14th and this is going to be our best year yet. We welcome you and your family to be part of the fun.

What is the Do-Nut Dash?

The Do-Nut Dash is a two-mile walk/run that starts at 9 AM at BBVA Compass Stadium and ends at the 8th Wonder Brewery. Adults can join to participate for $30 and kids for $20 (little ones may ride in strollers or wagons). All proceeds will be given to Kids’ Meals to help them continue their work. Participants not only get the pleasure of knowing they are helping a worthy organization, but will enjoy participation gifts such as free t-shirts, discounted baseball tickets, and chances to win a year’s worth of Shipley Do-Nuts and concert tickets.

What is Kids’ Meals?

Kids’ Meals is a non-profit organization that realized our youngest citizens, those still too young for school, often get over-looked when free meal programs are created to help them get at least one nutritional meal each day. Kids’ Meals has made it their mission to home deliver upwards of 2,700 meals a day to these children, who are often in homes where the parents can’t always provide the meals they need. These children are able to count on at least one nutritionally sound meal a day, five days a week. One hundred percent of the profits made during our fourth annual Do-Nut Dash will go to this program, which has benefited from over $55,000 from our previous three years.

The After Party

The after party of this annual event is often the most fun. All participants will receive a t-shirt along with free milk and donuts. In addition, children can get their faces painted and participate in a donut-themed costume contest that will grant the winner a year’s worth of donuts from Shipley Do-Nuts. Those over the age of 21 will get a free beverage from 8th Wonder Brewery. We want to make sure that all of our participants feel great about giving back to the community as well as have a blast throughout the process.

See You at the Finish Line!

You are invited to join in on what we hope is going to be our biggest and best year yet. Avoid the registration lines by signing up online before the event. Shipley Do-Nuts has been serving smiles since 1936. Help us and Kids’ Meals spread those smiles even further with our newest generation. See you on April 14th, rain or shine!

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3 Easy Donut Glaze Recipes

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For various reasons, you may want to purchase our plain donuts and make glaze at home. This can be the case when you have a favorite recipe, or you won’t be serving the donuts immediately and prefer a fresher glaze. Our menu of donuts go well with various kinds of glaze so we have decided to share with you some of our favorites, outside of our own that is.

Basic Glaze

This is a traditional glaze and the one most people think about when they think of glazed donuts.

Measure out two cups of powdered sugar. Add a quarter cup of milk and one teaspoon of vanilla. Mix the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and either drizzle the glaze over the donuts or dip the whole donut in for an all over coverage. For more of a vanilla taste, you can add an extra teaspoon of vanilla. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time.

Chocolate Glaze

In a microwave-safe bowl, place 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Add two tablespoons of butter, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and one tablespoon plus one teaspoon (four teaspoons) of light corn syrup. Heat in the microwave, stirring every fifteen seconds, until the chocolate chips are melted. Remove from the microwave and stir again, making sure the glaze is smooth. Drizzle or dip the donuts as desired. Place on a cake rack and allow to completely set. If you want, you can dip the donuts a second time for an even thicker glaze.

Maple-Coffee Glaze

Here’s one for you coffee lovers!

Start with 1/2 cup brewed coffee. Mix in 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, one teaspoon of maple flavoring and two tablespoons of melted butter. Add a small pinch of salt to bring the flavors together. Mix all the ingredients together until the glaze is smooth. You can add a bit more powdered sugar for a thicker glaze. Drizzle over the donuts or completely immerse them in the glaze for an all over covering. Let sit on a cake rack until glaze sets.

Making your own glaze for donuts often makes them seem a bit more special, plus you can honestly take credit for them at the church potluck. If you prefer the no-fuss way of enjoying what is our best selling donut, stop by the nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop and pick some up. You won’t be able to tell the difference between our donuts and the ones you make in your kitchen.

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How do Donuts Get Their Shape?

How Did Donuts Get Their Shape?

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The exact history of donuts isn’t known. It is likely that some version has existed since man first started using fire and making dough. The shape of donuts, however, is not as much of a mystery.

Captain Hansen

In 1847, an American ship captain claims to have been the first person to ever put a hole in a donut. Before then, the dough was fried in hot oil and the outside of the finished product was crispy but the inside was still uncooked. This made for horrible digestion and a not-so-tasty treat. Captain Hansen started thinking and wondered what would happen if the middle was simply removed. What he discovered was a scrumptious treat that had the crispy outside and cake-like inside we have come to love.

Before the Hole

Before people started cooking donuts with holes in them, Dutch cooks tried to get rid of the raw middles by shaping the dough around some kind of filling that didn’t require cooking. This idea quickly caught on and spread. This is thought to be the predecessor of today’s filled donut.

Alternative Explanations

While the reasoning that was quoted by Captain Hansen is considered the most logical one, there are two others that are popular.

Bagels were starting to become popular in New York City and bakeries often displayed them on spindles. It seemed to donut bakers that doing the same with the donuts might get them in front of customers easier, so they started putting a hole in them to make this possible. It is thought, however, that this explanation isn’t very likely.

Our favorite origin story takes us back to Captain Hansen. It was rumored that the young Captain enjoyed his donuts above all other foods. His mother reportedly always sent some with him on his voyages. One day he was faced with a horrible storm at sea and he needed both hands free to steer the ship. Not wanting his donuts to get lost, he reportedly jammed them onto the spokes of the ship’s wheel, keeping them nearby for when he could eat them once the storm had passed and the ship was out of danger.

Final Thoughts

Historians agree that the practical reasoning of trying to prevent uncooked middles is most likely the real reason donuts have the shape they do. For more interesting donut history facts, check out this article on the history of the donut. If reading about tasty donuts has gotten you thinking about how good one would taste, take a trip to your nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop today.

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Celebrities Who Love Donuts

A Celebrity Donut Affair: Celebrities Who Love Donuts

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Donuts are a nationwide favorite, with thousands of fans across the world. Celebrities are no exception to the tasty treat’s fan base, and many are proud lovers of the guilty pleasure. From donut birthday cakes to family donut runs, check out these celebrities who fully flaunt their donut love!


Beyoncé is well known to be a huge donut lover! From her now-famous donut cake on Good Morning America, to her large orders of donuts while on tour (she even once ordered 4,000 donuts for her crew every day of a tour), Beyoncé has openly admitted donuts are her go-to sweet treat.

Taylor Swift

It’s no secret; Taylor Swift loves all tasty food. From cheeseburgers to candy, she loves to indulge in tempting treats. But donuts are a special favorite of Swift’s! She often makes late-night donut runs to satisfy her sweet tooth cravings, and can be seen with the delicious delicacy throughout her Instagram feed.

Zac Efron

Zac Efron is an avid donut lover, and often delights in the fluffy pleasure. Though usually on a strict diet and exercise regimen to stay in top shape for roles such as Baywatch, Efron treats himself to his favorite sweet every once in a while.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck fully enjoys donut runs, even in the rain! The popular actor has repeatedly been seen picking up a dozen of the delectable desserts, often accompanied by one of his adorable children or his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, to take home and enjoy. Guess the Batmobile does more than drive him to crime!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is all about food, but donuts are one of her favorite indulgences! Not only are some of her clothes covered in donuts (even her workout socks have printed donuts!), but she’s also posed in front of a donut-filled wall on Twitter and posted about her donut pregnancy cravings. She’s also been known to enjoy the golden confection with many of her famous friends, including Rita Ora and Jamie Chung.

Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama has been spotted many times making donut runs, particularly while on campaign during his presidency. He would often visit local donut shops and fill up on the golden treats, buying enough for all with him on the trip.

Whether it’s by celebrities on the big screen or on the radio, donuts are a highly loved delicacy favorited by many people in the industry. Even celebrities can’t resist the golden puffs of perfection!

Want to indulge in a tasty treat like these celebrities? Visit Shipley Do-Nuts and find your favorite today! With over 60 varieties to choose from, you’re sure to satisfy any craving. Shipley Do-Nuts are located all across the South; to find the nearest donut shop, check out our locations today!

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Why Donuts Are Better Than Bagels

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Donuts and bagels. Bagels and donuts. They have long been breakfast and snack adversaries, staples in the battle for that perfect pick-me-up food that is both filling and convenient, but today it’s time to make it clear that there is one clear winner. Donuts are better than bagels and here is why.

Donuts Are the Healthier Option

Donuts may have a bad reputation when it comes to health, but they are less likely to give you a breakfast belly than other breakfast breads. While many opt for a bagel as a healthy-alternative, bagels can pack on the calories way more than donuts. Croissant and brioche bread may sound fancy and healthier, but like bagels, they run a high-calorie count.

Donuts Are Fun

Donuts are fun because they are so versatile. They come in all sorts of fun flavors, shapes, and sizes. There is no such thing as a boring donut. They’re also fun because they can be eaten whenever, not just for breakfast, and be paired with all sorts of other foods like coffee drinks, milkshakes, fruit, or even ice cream.

They Truly Are Fresh

Unlike bagels, donuts don’t go bad right away, and they can be saved for a couple of days without much, if any, change. Heat them up in the microwave for a few seconds and they feel like they’re fresh out of the oven. Bagels, on the other hand, go bad the same day they’re made, and no attempt will make them edible again.

They Go Great with Coffee

Coffee is an American staple, especially when it comes to the weekday breakfast. Part of enjoying that morning cup of joe is having foods that add to the coffee flavors and aromas. Donuts do that; bagels don’t. The donut sweetness compliments the bitterness of coffee while the bland bagel flavor simply throws off the taste buds making that coffee taste weird.

They Are Affordable

Donuts aren’t expensive or overpriced which means buying one per day or more is an option even for those on a budget.

They’re a Great Way to Make Friends

Donuts are filling, fun, and affordable meaning they’re a great treat to please small or big crowds. Take a dozen to the office or the next friendly gathering, and you’re sure to win people over.

Ready to indulge in a delicious sweet? Find your local Shipley Do-Nuts donut shop near you with our store locator! We have some of the largest selection of donuts you will find in town. Don’t forget to grab a cup of Joe while you’re there!

6 Holiday Donut Decorations

6 Holiday Donut Decorations

6 Holiday Donut Decorations

Sugared, glazed or topped with sprinkles, any day is a good day for a donut. The holidays, however, can be a time to get especially creative with the sweet treat. There are several fun ways to incorporate donuts into your holiday fun, whether you try out some new donut craft ideas or try your hand at decorating donuts with some holiday flair.

Reindeer Donuts

Complete with the trademark red nose, these reindeer donuts are easy for both kids and adults to make. First, start with chocolate glazed donuts from your favorite local donut shop. Pop a red, candy-coated chocolate in the middle for the nose and add two white chocolate chips for eyes. With two broken pretzel pieces for antlers, you’ll have one very sweet Rudolph!

Donut Hole Christmas Tree

Depending on the size of tree you’d like to make, you’ll need at least 24 donut holes. Use a Styrofoam cone as your base, covering it with donut holes attached with toothpicks. Drizzle your “tree” with red and green icing thinned with a splash of water, and add sprinkles for ornaments.

Snowmen Donut Faces

Powdered sugar donuts are the start of this easy donut decorating idea. Simply use chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth and a single, orange candy-coated chocolate for the “carrot nose.”

Holiday Donut Hole Wreath

Donut holes, a round plate, and green icing are all you need for the base of this donut craft. Arrange the glazed donut holes in a wreath shape and drizzle with a generous amount of green icing, thinned out with a bit of water. You can use red candies to construct a decorative bow or to imitate the holly berries that often brighten a holiday wreath.

Stacked Donut Hole Snowmen

Using three powdered sugar donut holes, construct a snowman with a toothpick as the center support. You can get creative with the icing for eyes, a nose and a mouth. If you’re really feeling ambitious, give your snowman a holiday sweater!

Peppermint Twist Donuts

Start with warm, vanilla-iced donuts from your favorite donut shop, rolling them in crushed candy canes. Your guests will think you spent hours making the holiday-inspired donut when it only took just a few minutes.

To make your donut crafts easy and enjoyable, skip the homemade donuts and pick up donuts from your favorite local donut shop instead. At Shipley Do-Nuts, we have all the delicious donuts you need to get creative and would love to see your sweet creations. Stop by one of our locations today, and stock up on donuts for all your holiday fun!

Adoughrable Donut Puns and Jokes to Tell Your Friends

Adoughrable Donut Puns and Jokes to Tell Your Friends

Adoughrable Donut Puns and Jokes to Tell Your Friends

Do-nuts aren’t just great to eat; they are also a great way to get people to laugh. There are plenty of words in the do-nut vocabulary to play around with and create a good deal of funny do-nut jokes.

Why You Need Do-nut Jokes In Your Life

 Variety: Every good jokester needs some variety in their repertoire. Sticking to one style or theme of jokes can be boring for both the jokester and audience. Add some do-nut jokes to the list and listen to the audience laugh away.

National Do-nut Day: Unlike most holidays, this one happens twice a year. Both November 5th and the first Friday of June are considered National Do-Nut Day and both are great days to celebrate. There’s no better way to celebrate National Do-Nut Day than with a dozen do-nut jokes or so.

Do-nuts are almost universal: Do-nuts are everywhere, and almost everyone knows about them so making jokes about them means cutting straight to the point without having to explain things.

Do-Nuts Puns

In the do-nut world, there are lots of words to play with for the sake of humor. Here are a few to work with.

Donut: Replace ‘do not’ with ‘do-nut’  to create hundreds of funny moments waiting to happen.

 Dough: This is a pretty fun one to work with and can work with a bunch of words that have the ‘dough’ sound in them. Here are a few examples

  • Adorable ? adoughrable
  • Avocado ? avocadough
  • Orlando  ? Orlandough
  • Taekwondo ? Taekwondough

3. Batter: Use batter instead of better in a couple of statements or use it to make a few hybrid do-nut/ baseball jokes like “How does a do-nut baseball player prep for a game? It batters up.”

4. Flour: Interchange it with floor to make a few do-nut dance floor jokes

5. Filling: This is a favorite to use in a variety of jokes. For one, it can reference dental fillings. It can also reference filling-in as in gaining weight and filling-in as in substituting one thing or person for another.

Do-Nut Jokes

Here a few examples of how to work with do-nut puns and make a few people laugh.

  •  What kind of evidence can a donut not take to trial? Anecdoughtal evidence
  • Where do Austin do-nuts go shopping? The Doughmain
  • What do do-nuts wear to weddings? Tuxedoughs
  • What is the only thing that can cure a sick do-nut? An antidought
  • What do you call a Boston crème do-nut that’s a straight A student? The cream of the crop
  • How did the strawberry do-nut feel after eating dinner? Jam-packed
  • What’s a do-nuts favorite place to explore? The Sahara dessert.

Need more inspiration for new do-nut jokes or just need a place where they will be appreciated? Visit your local Shipley Do-Nuts location, with all kinds of do-nuts and do-nut lovers; there’s no batter place for a few adoughrable jokes.

Do-nut Party Ideas for Your Next Celebration

Donut Party Ideas for Your Next Celebration

Do-nut Party Ideas for Your Next Celebration

Gone are the days when a birthday party was all about the cake. The new big thing is do-nuts! They’re everywhere, from athleisure wear to binders, and the next big stop is parties and celebrations!

There are plenty of reasons to make your next big event a donut party. For one, if you’re not a fan of cake, do-nuts are a great alternative for a birthday sweet. If you’re lactose intolerant and want something without dairy icing, icing-free do-nuts can make a party more tolerable than cake. A do-nut party is also an excellent idea for those that just want to do something different and unique.

Donut Party Ideas

Here are two instances where a do-nut party would be a great idea.

  • A morning birthday party: If you can only celebrate early in the morning, why not make it a do-nut party? Do-nuts are an excellent way to start the day and a great way to celebrate.
  • A children’s alternative at a brunch party: A brunch party isn’t the most fun experience for kids. Consider sectioning off an area for them to have a do-nut party instead.

The Food

The stars of the show are, of course, the do-nuts, but they can be paired with other great treats and drinks for an even better celebration. Consider adding other pastries like cinnamon rolls, bear claws and apple fritters, and possibly other sweets like ice cream, for more variety. To appeal to other taste buds, consider including savory treats like kolaches, pretzels or even hot dogs.

Don’t forget the drinks! Milk, fruit juices and coffee go great with do-nuts.

What You’ll Need

Do-nuts are in style, and it shows. There is no shortage of do-nut party supplies and do-nut party decorations. Visit your local party store for do-nut invitations, do-nut balloons and even do-nut piñatas and games.

There are also plenty of do-nut party favors to choose from like do-nut lollipops, stickers and rings. Don’t forget the do-nut pool floaties; they make great photo props.

What to Play

One game that is a must at all do-nut parties is a do-nut decorating contest. All that’s required is do-nuts and fun toppings. Create categories like “most colorful,” “most delicious looking” and “most likely to give me a sugar rush.” Winners, of course, can receive do-nut prizes like Shipley Do-Nuts gift cards and do-nut party favors.

There are also games like do-nut bingo where you can use mini-do-nuts, aka cheerios, as placeholders.

Do-Nut Catering

To make the party preparations easier, order your do-nuts and other pastry treats from Shipley Do-Nuts. Shipley Do-Nuts is ready to cater your next do-nut party with more than 60 varieties of do-nuts ready to be flavor tested! All you have to do is contact your local Shipley Do-Nuts shop to make an order and pick it up at the agreed upon time. It’s as simple as that!