This behemoth of a donut is being offered as a promotion at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa as part of their “DoNut Disturb” hotel package. The donut weighs a whopping 10 pounds (more than roughly 5-dozen regular donuts), and comes with what appears to be a bucket of sweet cream frosting and a rainbow of over-sized sprinkles.
As big as this donut is, it has nothing on a record-sized donut created by a couple of bakeries out of Utica, NY, back in 1993. Their mountainous donut weighed a ridiculous 3,739 pounds – almost two tons! It was 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high, and it wasn’t the traditional glazed donut that you would expect – it was a jelly-filled! (Sounds like a dream come true…)
We’re curious. What would you do with a 10 pound donut? Eat it all? Share it? Use it as a door stop? Let us know!
There’s an interesting article at Smithsonian.com that delves into the strange and delicious history of donuts. Back in the mid-1800’s, there was this gal named Elizabeth Gregory whose son was the captain of a trading ship in the New England area. To help prevent his sailors from falling to scurvy, Elizabeth would make her son’s crew an early form of donut that was made with lemon rinds, along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts (that actually sounds pretty tasty). Would you eat the Anti-Scurvy Donut? Let us know!
On a side note, her son, Captain Gregory, is credited with being the first to put the beloved hole in the middle of the donut. Before he got creative, donuts (dough nuts as they were then referred to) were basically a ball of dough that had been flavored and fried, often leaving the middle slightly doughy and uncooked. So, Captain Gregory got the bright idea of cutting the middles out, thus creating “the first doughnut hole ever seen by mortal eyes.” (He literally said that…)