What do you like to eat for breakfast? Is a sizzling skillet full of bacon high on your list? What about eggs? Do you like them fried or scrambled? And how about pancakes…and potatoes…and cereal?

Many people claim breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even if it wasn’t so important, it would still be one of the most fun, given how many good breakfast foods there are to eat.

Some people look forward to breakfast because that’s when they get to partake of those sweet pastries that tempt so many. What are we talking about? Donuts, of course!

Donuts — sometimes spelled “doughnuts” — are those deep-fried pieces of dough that are usually sweet and round. Of course, not all donuts are sweet, and some come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Some donuts are covered with sugar, frosting or glaze. Other donuts are filled with sweet cream, jelly or custard. While many donuts are circular, some donuts are long and rectangular.

Do you prefer cake donuts or yeast donuts? Yeast donuts contain yeast that makes them rise. They tend to be light and airy and are often filled with jelly or cream. Cake donuts use baking powder or soda to make them rise and, as a result, have a heavier consistency more like cake.

Long, long ago, creative bakers decided to go beyond the plain glazed yeast donut. For example, crullers are twisted fried donuts that can take on either a ring shape or be long and straight.

Instead of regular circular donuts — with or without holes — you might prefer Long Johns, which are long, bar-shaped donuts. They’re often dipped in icing. If they contain a filling, such as cream or custard, they may be called éclairs.

At some point in time, someone decided to incorporate fresh apples into donut batter. The irregularly-shaped donuts that come out of the oil to be topped by glaze or sugar are often known as apple fritters.

All around the world, people love their pastries. The donuts you’re used to seeing might be popular in other countries, too. Of course, many other countries have their own unique versions of donuts that might tempt your taste buds, too.

For example, if you find yourself in Italy, you might want to try a bomboloni or a zeppole. Mediterranean peoples in Greece and Turkey enjoy loukoumades, while people in Germany might look forward to berliners or krapfen for breakfast.

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  1. Hi wonderopolis! I love DONUTS! My favorite donuts are the little munchkins, and some with the jelly inside. I think tomorrow’s WONDER will be about playing dress up, or a tea party.

    • Hi there, Nina! Thanks for stopping by to visit us this morning! We’re so glad you’re here… and we can Wonder about delicious breakfast treats together! Those munchkins with jelly sure are delicious– we are getting hungry just thinking about them! MMMMmmmMMM! :-)

      We look forward to tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day- we’ll be looking through our closets as we prepare for the Wonder! Great work, Nina! :)

    • Y-U-M! Those donuts sure do sound delicious, Stephanie and Brian! Those tasty donuts would be a great treat on a Saturday morning, if we do say so ourselves! Thank you for WONDERing with us today, Stephanie and Brian! Keep using your awesome imaginations! :)

    • That’s a super guess, Ahmed! We think you’ll be WONDERing about all sorts of outfits with tomorrow’s Wonder! Nice work, Wonder Friend! We Wonder what your favorite part of today’s tasty Wonder is? :)

  2. This article made me hungry for donuts and I now know how to make donuts and the variety of donuts I never heard about.

    • We agree, Eldin, we are all getting hungry from today’s Wonder! DELICIOUS! :)

      It sounds like you learned a great deal with us today- way to go! Thanks for sharing your comment and using your imagination with us, Eldin! :)

  3. What a fun Wonder! We love donuts. I prefer cake donuts but I’d really like to try to ones from dough.

    At my son’s prom this year, our Parent Boosters club hired a man to come make mini donuts. He’s pretty famous at the St. Louis Soulard Market.

    Here’s a video of how he makes his donuts.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gw_AbLCwrA

    • Hi there, Mrs. Nixon! What a great day to Wonder together! Thank you for sharing your comment about your preferences for donuts! We hope you can taste test different donuts soon, it sounds like a fun event!

      Thank you so much for sharing this link to how donuts are made at the St. Louis Soulard Market! We learned so much from it today! We are lucky to have WONDERful friends, just like you, who share and Wonder with us! :)

    • We’re glad you are looking stylish, Jon! Thanks for visiting us today and sharing your awesome guesses about tomorrow’s Wonder! It’s going to be very organized! :)

    • Great question, Wonder Friend Davonte! It all depends on how you are making donuts. If you are in your kitchen making donuts all day long, you can probably make a couple hundred donuts. However, if you are making donuts with a special donut machine, you can make thousands! Perhaps you can do some research of your own to find out how many donuts are produced at a donut company! :)

  4. My favorite donut flavor is chocolate glazed and custard filled.

    I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about how people dress. :). :D

    • YUM, those are great donut choices, Briahna! We Wonder if you learned about any new types of donuts from today’s Wonder? :)

      We look forward to finding out what tomorrow’s Wonder will be… we think you’re on the right path! Thanks so much for sharing your comment and using your imagination to predict the next Wonder, too! :)

  5. I think the video is really cool, I would have never thought to put dry flowers on my donut, but then again, there is always a chance for something new. I think it would be fun to try to make a home made donuts. In fact I have. I make what my grandma calls “Chinese donuts” where you can take a home made batter or even a premade biscuit out of the tin, cook it in REALLY HOT oil, then immediately pour as much sugar as you wish, it’s super delicious and really good on cold winter nights because they stay hot for a pretty long time, even if you’re outside. ~Alexis

    • Hi Alexis, thank you for sharing your comment with us today! Donuts sure are cool, and we are happy you shared your connection to getting creative with this tasty treat! It sounds like your grandma’s donuts are SUPER tasty and sweet! We will have to try to make them for ourselves in the future, with the help of an adult because the oil is so hot! What an awesome treat and family tradition, Alexis! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. For the record, my favorite donut is Boston cream. It has cream filling in it, but I have no idea where the word Boston came from, maybe it was made in Boston but “you will never know” that is what my dad always says. :) ;)

    • YUM, Boston cream pie donuts are delicious, Carlos! Did you know that the state of Massachusetts declared the Boston cream donut the official state donut in 2003? The Boston cream pie is their official state pie, too! We hope you’ll keep WONDERing about your favorite, delicious donut, Carlos! Thanks for sharing your comment! :)

  7. Mine is definitely cinnamon I love the originals because it’s coated in the right amount of every thing, brown sugar, cinnamon, it’s perfect.

    • What a great description of your favorite donut, Isaac! We love learning about all our Wonder Friends’ favorite treats, especially when they’re sweet! This donut sounds like a great option for dessert, Isaac! :)

    • That sounds delicious, Berkleigh! Do you eat blueberry cake donuts for breakfast or dessert? They sound like they could be great any time of the day! :)

  8. Hi Wonderopolis! We LOVE donuts!! Some of our favorite donuts include: plain dipped donuts, Hibiscus donuts, and chocolate dipped donuts with sprinkles. We have been discussing healthy foods this week in class. We decided that we should only eat donuts every once in a while to maintain a healthy diet. However, we DO enjoy donuts!! What is YOUR favorite donut?

    Miss Serritella’s Class

    • Good morning, Miss Serritella’s Class! It sounds like all our Wonder Friends have had visions of tasty donuts dancing in their heads today! We always love a sweet treat once in a while, but we’re so glad you’ve been WONDERing and learning about healthy foods, too! Healthy foods are delicious and oh-so-good for you, too!

      Lots of Wonder Friends enjoy donuts with different colored sprinkles, that seems to be the favorite! However, we’ve created our own kind of fun fruit donuts using pineapple slices, apples and oranges! We stack the slices on top of one another and pretend they are donuts, they are so tasty (especially during the summer)! We think you’ll enjoy this Wonder about awesome healthy snacks, too: #967– What Can You Eat On the Go? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-can-you-eat-on-the-go/ :)

  9. We liked seeing how they made the donuts and put the frosting on. We all really like donuts and we liked watching them be made. Tiffany likes glazed donuts or sprinkle donuts and Hannah will eat any donut. Mrs. L once ate a donut with bacon on it.

    • Hello to our Wonder Friends in Mrs. LaLonde’s Class! We’re getting hungry just thinking about those delicious donuts! We think it would be fun to have a donut party with your class! Thanks for sharing your comments, Tiffany and Hannah… and we think Mrs. L is one adventurous eater! YIPPEE! :)

    • Hi Jen! Chocolate donuts are delicious! We’re getting hungry just thinking about them now! Thanks for WONDERing with us! :)

    • We do, too, Addy! Too bad they are so expensive. What is your favorite type of donut? We really like the ones with chocolate icing! Yum! :-)

    • Yummmm, jamie! We love donuts, too! There are so many tasty kinds, it’s hard for us to pick our favorite. Thanks for WONDERing with us!

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Have you ever wondered…

  • What’s your favorite type of donut?
  • What types of donuts are popular in other countries?
  • Can you make your own homemade donuts?

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Hungry yet? We are! Hungry for what? Donuts, of course! Grab a friend or family member and check out one or more of the following activities:

  • How many different types of donuts are there? Definitely hundreds! Maybe thousands! Check out A World of Donuts online to see pictures of delicious examples of donuts from around the globe. Which donuts look tasty to you? Do any look unappetizing? Why? What would your perfect donut look and taste like?
  • In the name of education and exploration, we urge you to grab a friend or family member and take a field trip to your nearest donut dealer. Whether it’s a grocery store or a bakery, head out to check out the vast varieties of donuts to be found in the wild. Make sure you’re hungry, because you’re going to want to taste test a few of your favorites. Do you prefer glazed donuts? Or are filled Long Johns more your style? Maybe you’ll discover an all-new donut favorite!
  • Of course, you don’t always have to go to the store for donuts. If you’re inspired and resourceful, you can make your own unique donut creations in your own kitchen. Check out the recipes below and choose one or two to try at home. Make sure you get an adult’s help, as you might need to make a trip to the store for a few ingredients before you get started.

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