Sunday, July 24, 2016

National Doughnut Day-- Part 4: "Doughboys" to Doughnuts

Margaret Sheldon wrote that one busy day, that she made "22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.

The women who did this soon became known as "Doughnut Girls."

This great popularized doughnuts which carried over when the men returned home.

There is, however, a misconception that the term "Doughboy" which was given to American soldiers during the war came from this love of doughnuts.  However, this term dates back to the Mexican War of 1846-1848.

During World War II, Red Cross volunteers also distributed doughnuts and became known as "Doughnut Dollies."


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