Italian Donuts are the Bomb

2016/06/03 - Written by Jenny Arena
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June 3 celebrates National Donut Day. Donuts might appear to be a classic North American confection, yet variations of these deep-fried rings span the globe. While France has always set standards with its bite-sized beignet, Italy has no reason to envy its neighbour or the whole world for that matter. Lets face it, nothing beats the famous Italian bombolone, a deep-fried pastry typically filled with custard, fruit jam or Nutella that's enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack at the local caffè.   

The bombolone is believed to have evolved from Austria's krapfen  (a solid round shaped dough filled with apricot jam or vanilla cream) when parts of Italy were under Austrian rule. The name "bombolone," however, derives from the word bomba meaning bomb, a reference to the fact that it’s a “calorie bomb.” 

While several versions of bomboloni exist across the bel paese, Tuscany seems to have staked its claim to fame on the beloved treats. Not only will you find them in the pasticcerie across the region, but they are sold from carts on local beaches.

Bomboloni’s claim to fame continued to soar in 1996, when Italian rock songstress Gianna Nannini realeased her song titled “Bomboloni” in which she sings, "Regalami un bomba….bomboloni bomboloni caldi.” 

There is no better way to celebrate National Donut Day than by a taking bite into a rich, creamy bombolone! 

Buon Appetito!

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