Taking a bite out of October: National Donut Month

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - October is National Donut Month… who knew? So, in honor of this fried food holiday, we give you this donut appreciation.

On any given day, the folks at Home Style Bakery in Grand Junction churn out an average of 200 donuts. On Fridays, even more.

"Maybe triple that amount,” says Bill Andrews, a baker at Home Style Bakery. “Friday is donut day."

Even in this economy, the owners of Home Style Bakery say they haven't noticed a downturn in demand.

"Even in this economy, everybody can afford a buck or so for a good feeling... a happy moment," says Janet Wilke, owner of Home Style Bakery.

Andrews recently demonstrated the amount of work that goes into producing the hot, tasty treat.

"It's very labor intensive," says Wilke.

And they say that's one reason why a lot of grocery stores stopped making their donuts in-house, and started having them shipped in each day instead.

But if the smell of freshly fried dough, or the taste of gooey frosting isn't enough to inspire a donut run, what about a national holiday for the hole-y guys?

"Celebrating donuts all month long," says Andrews.

According to City Market, the first Donut Month promotion was in 1929. And these days, Americans consume about 10 million donuts annually.

So how should someone celebrate National Donut Month?

"A donut, definitely,” says Andrews. “And the tag along. Either coffee, tea or milk."

And to help you get in the spirit of Donut Month, some places are offering deals. City Market, for example, has two for a dollar all month long.

Bon appetite!


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