A cream-filled doughnut is a comfort food, like your favourite fluffy pillow filled with custard. It’s one big sweetened deep-fried carb filled with sweetened creamy carbs — what’s not to love?
Today, you get to have cream-filled doughnuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
What is your favourite flavour of cream-filled doughnut?
Today, you could branch out and try different ones. What about a S’mores doughnut filled with marshmallow cream and chocolate syrup, or a red velvet doughnut filled with sweetened cream cheese, or even, for grown-ups, an adult one filled with an alcohol-infused cream.
Doughnuts filled with ice cream — as in doughnut ice cream sandwiches — should count for today, because ice cream counts as a cream. Sort of.
One of the most famous of cream-filled doughnuts is the Boston Cream doughnut. In fact, in 2003, the Massachusetts Legislature resolved that “The Boston Cream Donut shall be the official donut of the commonwealth.” Massachusetts Facts. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cismaf/mf1a.htm. https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleI/Chapter2/Section51
One debate about the day seems to be over whether cream-filled should be spelled with a hyphen — Cream-filled Doughnut Day — or without — Cream Filled Doughnut Day.
The earliest print mention that CooksInfo is aware of for a Cream-filled Doughnut Day in September dates from 2000 in Pennsylvania:
“National Cream-filled Doughnut Day (Sept. 14)” — Quick bites. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Sunday News. Sunday, 27 August 2000. Page G-10, col. 5.
Activities for today
- Bring a box of cream-filled doughnuts to work with you to share;
- or if you’re at home today, pick up a box, and have neighbours over to share;
- try a flavour of cream-filled doughnut that you’ve never had before;
- look for special offers;
- try making your own at home;
- try to find a local independent bakery to buy from today.
Cream Filled Doughnut Day’s Papers, Thursday, Sept. 14. Ipswich, MA: Ipswich Local News. 14 September 2017. Accessed August 2021 at http://thelocalne.ws/2017/09/14/cream-filled-doughnut-days-papers-thursday-sept-14/
Gonzalez, Ana. This is where Houstonians say they get the best cream-filled doughnuts in our area. Houston, Texas: KPRC 2. 14 September 2020. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.click2houston.com/food/2020/09/14/list-this-is-where-houstonians-say-they-get-the-best-cream-filled-doughnuts-in-our-area/
Jurkowitz, Brianna. Treat Yourself On National Cream Filled Doughnut Day. Cave Creek, Arizona: Cowgirl Magazine. 14 September 2015. Accessed August 2021 at https://cowgirlmagazine.com/treat-yourself-on-national-cream-filled-doughnut-day-2/
Mmm: Cream-Filled Doughnut Day in Central Illinois. Decatur, Illinois: Herald & Review. 14 September 2019. Accessed August 2021 at https://herald-review.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/mmm-cream-filled-doughnut-day-in-central-illinois/collection_f1051e00-501f-535f-a712-27407e1e6c41.html
Richter, Sarah Spigelman. Celebrate National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day with these 6 wacky desserts. Today show. 14 September 2018. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.today.com/food/national-cream-filled-donut-day-wacky-doughnuts-t137426
Rinella, Heidi Knapp. Las Vegas spot to celebrate National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day. Las Vegas, Nevada: Las Vegas Review Journal. 12 September 2019. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/food/las-vegas-spot-to-celebrate-national-cream-filled-doughnut-day-1847230/
Strickland, Ashley. Breakfast buffet: National cream-filled doughnut day. CNN Eatocracy. 14 September 2011. Accessed August 2021 at