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You’re standing in line at your local donut shop deciding what to order. No one wants to be that customer who doesn’t know the difference between a cruller and a fritter. Rather than take a stab at your donut of preference, you just play it safe and order a plain, halfheartedly eating it on the morning commute.

In honor of National Doughnut Day, Foodbeast put together a video of some of the most common donuts you'll find in shops and what they're called. We know your morning minutes are precious, so we definitely don't want you wasting them on donut confusion. Sit back and enjoy some intimate shots of donut porn. Hopefully not on an empty stomach:


Cake Donut


SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: Dense, Muffin-type donuts called "Sinkers".




SHAPE: Twisted, ridged surface

NOTES: Pronounced "Kruhl-er". It's name is derived from Dutch Krullen, or "to curl".




SHAPE: Lumpy, circular.

NOTES: Pan-fried cakes made with cornmeal


Long John


SHAPE: Long, bar-shaped

NOTES: Filled long johns are sold as "éclairs".


Bear Claw


SHAPE: Rectangular with slices along one side to resemble a bear's toes.

NOTES: While the bear claw is sometimes considered a donut, it's common for bear claws to be almond-flavored pastries more similar to fritters in texture.


Cake Sprinkle


SHAPE: Round, ring donut

TASTE: Glazed donuts covered in confectionery sprinkles.




SHAPE: Round, ring donut.

NOTES: Made with sugar, vanilla, salt, cold milk and water.


Boston Cream


SHAPE: Round, filled. A mini version of the Boston cream pie.

NOTES: Called a "Boston Cream" when frosted in chocolate, but called a "Bavarian Creme" when dusted with powdered sugar.


Maple Bar


SHAPE: Long, bar-shaped.

NOTES: Coated with a maple glaze. Goes great with bacon!




SHAPE: Two pieces of dough twisted together.

NOTES: Twists must be made in opposite directions for optimal texture and tension.




SHAPE: Spiral, circular.

NOTES: Rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mix.


Chocolate Glaze


SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: Glazed donut made with corn syrup, bittersweet chocolate and confectioner's sugar.


Cinnamon Crumb


SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: One of the most underrated donuts. Covered in crunchy, cinnamon-sugar crumbs. Fantastic dipped in coffee.


Powdered Sugar


SHAPE: Round, filled

NOTES: Donuts covered in confectioner's sugar or "snow sugar" that doesn't melt.


Raspberry Filled


SHAPE: Round, filled

NOTES: Filled with raspberry jelly.


Donut Holes

Donut Holes FB

SHAPE: Round balls, the center of ring donuts.

NOTES: Called "Timbits" in Canada