Ace toasts National Donut Day

Ace toasts National Donut Day

Spalding's bite, by Keegan Frank (Ace archives)

We don’t know what Mayor Jim Gray’s position is on it, but here at Ace, we always try to toast National Donut Day with a Spalding’s.

Even if NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg plans to put 16 ounce limits on all soft drinks with an undertow, the culinary gods dictate everything in moderation y’all. (Wouldn’t we all be better served by a ban on high fructose corn syrup, the way civilized nations do it? Couldn’t he lobby for that? Is he banning Refills?)

Every few summers, Ace hosts a Donut War on National Donut Day, and long before Serious Eats gave them a taste, Spalding’s was a multiple title winner in the annual Ace Best of Lexington readers’ poll.

In a brazen (brazen we say!) attempt at SEO baiting, Serious Eats’ URL on the subject read “Lexington KY crunchy lard fried donuts from Spalding’s.” (So, great, now THAT’s taken.) Their report did acknowledge that Spalding’s donuts are currently fried in soybean oil…which practically makes them a health food.)

As Rob Bricken put it in his searing 1999 Ace donut coverstory investigation, the quest for the Hole-y grail,

“In a sense, doughnuts are all filled—with democracy. All the people, all the bakers, all the eaters, all the doughnuts—our diversity is our strength. With all our unique skills and ideas and flavors, we can do anything. But if we squabble over party politics, or age or gender, or topping, nothing gets accomplished. And no one gets to eat.
Together in a tightly-packed dozen we stand, but divided we fall. When JFK took his trip to Germany and said, ‘Ich bein ein Berliner,’ he thought he was saying, ‘I am a citizen of Berlin.’ In fact what he said was ‘I am a doughnut,’ because a Berliner is a type of doughnut.

Many people have thought this was a social gaffe, but now, I’m not so sure. I think JFK was a dougnut, like we’re all doughnuts. In this light, I’d like to end with a little song:

You may say I’m a doughnut
but I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll eat us
And the world will live as one.”

Might we also use National Donut Day to recommend Jonathan Lundy’s Spalding Donut Bread Pudding? He graciously allowed us to excerpt his recipe when his book, Jonathan’s Bluegrass Table, hit stands in 2009. (It’s on page 206.)



Spalding’s Donuts on Serious Eats

Spoils of Victory, Ace Donut Wars 2009

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