With our love of French toast, pancakes, and other breakfast sweets, it should be no surprise that, from time to time, we get doughnuts on our collective mind. A few times each year, we crave them so much that we actually go to Dunkin’ or Krispy Kreme or Winchell’s or, better yet, a local bakery for these sugary, fatty treats.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the doughnut as “a small usually ring-shaped cake fried in fat.” The Online Etymology dictionary indicates that the word is from American English as a compounding of “dough” and “nut” in 1809, and was first used by noted author Washington Irving. The fact that this word was coined by the writer who brought us Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as popularizing “Gotham” as a reference to New York City, adds a whole new layer of whimsy onto this delicious treat.

Most of us here at Family Trivium don’t have a particular favorite doughnut, though none of us are fond of those filled with jelly. Mr. Family Trivium is particularly found of sour cream doughnuts, crullers, and cake donuts. Let us know about your favorite doughnuts in the comments.