Doughnut Day

Day 5 - #WorldWatercolorGroup National Doughnut Day Donut day cake donuts

Today, it’s time to celebrate the doughnut, or donut, and enjoy a little taste of deep-fried goodness. The exact origin of this little treat is widely disputed, with many coming forward with a story on how they were invented. One of the earliest written references to a doughnut came in 1809 when Washington Irving poetically described them as “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat.” Yeah, doughnuts are not for those hoping to fit into this year’s latest fashions, but are instead, for the rest of us, who know a damn good treat when we taste one. Like all decadent desserts, doughnuts are loaded with calories and happily devoid of any actual nutritional value. It’s a food created simply for the pleasure of eating it and that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

A new little doughnut shop opened here that sells little miniature one that you can get covered in various custom toppings, including Pop Rocks, a carbonated candy that explodes in your mouth. Being a child of the 70’s when this candy was first introduced into the marketplace, I of course had to try this version, which ended up being just as delightfully silly as it sounds. But despite all the “gourmet” offerings of doughnuts one can find these days, I still love the simplest versions best. Just a simple glazed donut or a cake donut with a bit of frosting and some sprinkles is all I really need. One of my favorites is a Long John, a doughnut shaped like an éclair, which is often filled with a white frosting known only as “fluff.” It’s delicious, and I mentioned it in a previous post when I discussed my search for my favorite childhood pink donut.

There’s really not much more I have to say about doughnuts, as this is my second post dedicated to this culinary delight. And since it’s the weekend, I’m going to stop this post here and head to grab a glass of wine. Doughnuts don’t pair particularly well with wine, so I’ll simply be celebrating with this little doodlewash. Though, if you love doughnuts, you have a wonderful excuse to run out right this minute and buy some! Yay!

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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Opera Rose, Cobalt Turquoise, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
Day 5 - #WorldWatercolorGroup National Doughnut Day Donut day cake donuts
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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on, contact me!
Published in By Charlie
  1. MAGNY TJELTA 8 months ago

    Doughnuts are so delishus, we don´t have them where I live 🙁 so I have to eat them when I travel. Your drawing makes me want one NOW.

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Magny! 😃💕 Sorry for creating a tempation you can’t satisfy immediately!! hehe… I can’t imagine not having donuts available at all times!

  2. Ohh doodlewash good enough to eat. Great detail Charlie 😀

  3. Teri C 8 months ago

    Great looking donuts. My husband’s favorite treat. I’m not going to show him, he will drool on my iPad. 😄

  4. YesterdayAfter 8 months ago

    Delicious of course a wonderful job Charlie so wonderful that make me wish to eat one from your plate! <3 😉 I see you made the pink one childhood memory! 😉

    • Author

      Thanks, Carolina! 😃💕 Yes… the little pink donut was a special memory. Still haven’t been able to find one like it yet.

      • YesterdayAfter 8 months ago

        You will one day! 😉 I remember the story about the pink donut from the food dinner adventure is a lovely memory! <3

  5. Laurence 8 months ago

    Fantastic donuts Charlie ! Great Sunday to you !

  6. Di 8 months ago

    As a child i also loved Doughnuts, freshly baked with strawberry jam squirted into the middle, or just plain. Must say I cannot recall when I last ate one though! Lovely drawing Charlie!

    • Author

      Thanks, Di! 😃💕 Yum!! Love the kind with jam in the middle… so good! Yeah… they’re a pretty rare treat for me. I can’t metabolize them like I could when I was a kid! 😊 hehe

  7. Tom Merriman 8 months ago

    Happy Doughnut Day, Charlie. I’m developing a taste for them myself, it seems.

    • Author

      Thanks, Tom! Happy Donut Day to you as well! 😃 hehe… they’re so good! But yeah… not something to have very often.

  8. snigdhadotcom 8 months ago

    Brilliant..looking awesome. And yes happy dougnut day..

  9. artandmoondreams 8 months ago

    Beautifully delicious looking!

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    Gorgeous Doodlewash of a totally decadent dessert that is entirely off my diet. I also love cake doughnuts best, chocolate with chocolate frosting, but haven’t had one for many months. Trying to keep it that way. So I’m just going to enjoy your painting and pretend I don’t like the taste anyway.

    But I do, I do like the taste, dammit, I do love doughnuts. Ack! Heaven in a heart attack. Ack ack ack!

    When it is going to be National Celery Stick Day?

    • Author

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Haha! I feel the same… really shouldn’t eat them and want to believe I’d like something else, but NO! Doughnuts, please!! hehe Carrots, peppers and celery coming this week! lol

  11. Snehal Kank 8 months ago

    They are mouth watering 🍩😋 Great work again Charlie 😍

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