Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts sell popular American doughnuts – chocolate, frosted, glazed, inspired by candy, or even holiday-themed. They’re so widespread, in fact, that The Daily Meal recently published a doughnut duel to see which fried dough chain would come out on top. We also tracked down the 25 best doughnuts in the United States.
But circular pieces of fried dough with holes in the middle aren’t the norm when it comes to doughnuts around the world. The French beignet is a square without a hole, often topped with sugar, and churros, from Spain or Portugal originally, but now popular throughout Latin America, are long tubes of dough dusted with cinnamon. In China, youtiao, which look like sticks of fried dough, are often dunked in soy milk for breakfast. Dutch oliebollen, on the other hand, usually incorporate raisins as a filling and are a popular New Year’s Eve snack. Cultures around the world incorporate fried dough into their cuisine, and we’ve rounded up 17 variations for your culinary enlightenment.
An (Korea, China, and Japan)
Balushahi (Northern India, Pakistan, Nepal)
Additional reporting by Elsa Säätelä