Football and a rags-to-riches story—perhaps the only things that America loves more than donuts. But the delectable rings of sugar and dough didn't always appear in their now-ubiquitous circular form. So where did the donut’s shape (and its signature hole) come from? The curious story involves a boastful sea captain, a Massachusetts Native American with unparalleled aim, and a national debate. With the help of food historian Michael Krondl, we get to the center of this deep-fried mystery.
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