10 Extremely Creative Doughnuts That Will Make You Drool

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Today marks National Doughnut Day. While you may celebrate with your usual glazed or sprinkle variety, it might be worth branching out—doughnut shops around the country often have special flavors they are proud to call their own. Get inspired with some of the most extreme varieties we could find.

1. OLD DIRTY BASTARD

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Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnuts was one of the first shops to really start going crazy with their doughnut flavors. These days, they are well-known for their partnership with Rogue, creating beers based on doughnut flavors including Bacon Maple Ale and Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale. But Voodoo still has its share of extreme doughnuts—including the Old Dirty Bastard, which is covered in chocolate frosting, Oreos and peanut butter. If you’re really hungry, try the Rapper’s Delight, a trio featuring the Old Dirty Bastard, the M&M-covered Marshall Mathers, and the Maple Blazer Blunt, a cone-shaped doughnut with an end dipped in maple frosting and red sprinkle embers.

2. BLUE SKY

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New Mexico’s Rebel Donut has a special menu item featuring blue rock candy based on the shop’s favorite show: Breaking Bad. Imagine how happy they were when Aaron Paul (a.k.a. Jesse Pinkman) came in to order a dozen of the Blue Sky donuts and even posed for a picture with the treats.

3. PSYCHOBUGZ

San Jose’s Psycho Donuts celebrated National Donut Day in 2012 by releasing two donuts topped with real insects. The Chirp Derp was a chocolate donut topped with bacon bits, bacon-cheddar crickets, and a drizzle of milk chocolate. The Worm Hole took a jalapeño and tequila donut and covered it with salted lime icing, a Key Lime drizzle, and a spiced moth larvae. (According to their menu, these doughnuts are no longer available.)

4. FOIE BOMB

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For 2013's National Doughnut Day, Psycho Donuts aimed to impress their gourmand audience with a foie gras mousse doughnut served with a pipette of honey, fig, and balsamic syrup. (Like psychobugz, the foie bomb is no longer available—but they still have plenty of crazy doughnuts to choose from.)

5. JAGER BOMB

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While the Jägermeister buttercream in this Jager Bomb doughnut by Rebel Donut might not get you drunk, it could at least give you a caffeine buzz with the Red Bull glaze. It certainly tastes better than the original cocktail.

6. MOJITO

Mint, sugar, and rum are great inside a cocktail glass, but even better when turned into a doughnut. Best of all, you can even make this tasty treat at home yourself with this recipe from Diethood.

7. DOUGHNUT SHOT GLASS LINERS

If you really want to let loose while still enjoying the goodness of doughnuts, skip the boozy fillings and instead use straight liquor. Just follow this tip by My Burning Kitchen and put a hollowed-out doughnut hole in your shot glass before pouring to enjoy full-strength alcohol with a sweet, doughnut-y finish.

8. DEAD ELVIS

Elvis’s favorite sandwich (made with peanut butter, bacon, bananas, and jelly) is pretty legendary, but when you switch out the bread for a custard-filled doughnut, that’s when you really get something fit for a king. If Elvis is secretly still around, you know he's made a few trips to Psycho Donuts to enjoy the Dead Elvis.

9. MANGO TANGO

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You know what makes a regular mango doughnut into something truly memorable? Just ask Voodoo Donuts and you’ll know the answer is always Tang. (Astronauts will love it.)

10. TEXAS-SIZE DOUGHNUT

It might not come in crazy flavors, but the Round Rock Donut from the Round Rock, Texas shop of the same name is certainly extreme enough to have earned its place here. That’s because this doughnut weighs in at over 2 pounds of doughnut-y goodness.

A version of this story originally appeared in 2013.

When the French Village of Pont-Saint-Esprit Went Temporarily Mad

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On August 15, 1951, dozens of people became terribly ill in Pont-Saint-Esprit, a quaint commune in the south of France. In the days that followed, hundreds more joined them. They complained of nausea and stomach pain, weak blood pressure and faint pulses, cold sweats and low temperatures. Worst of all, everybody had insomnia and smelled. “A state of giddiness persisted accompanied by abundant sweating and a disagreeable odour,” reported the British Medical Journal [PDF]. People would compare the stench to the fragrance of dead mice.

For hundreds of victims, that’s where the inexplicable mass illness stopped. For others, it was only the beginning. Dozens upon dozens of people began experiencing nightmarish hallucinations.

The town became gripped in pandemonium. A little girl screamed as she was chased by man-eating tigers. A woman sobbed about how her children had been ground into sausages. A large man fended off terrific beasts by smashing his furniture. A husband and wife ran around, chasing each other with knives. Even the local animals had gone mad: A dog chewed on stones until its teeth chipped away. Ducks began marching like penguins.

Everywhere, people ran wildly as they tried to avoid imaginary flames. One man, convinced that red snakes were devouring his brain, jumped out of a window. Another reportedly leapt from a window, broke both legs, stood up, and continued running.

Outside, a local postal worker complained that he was shrinking. A person sprinted down the lane, claiming he was being chased by “bandits with donkey ears.” Near the Rhône river, a man—convinced that he was a circus tightrope walker—attempted to balance his way across the cables of a suspension bridge. Another tried to jump into the river, only to be saved by friends. “I am dead and my head is made of copper and I have snakes in my stomach and they are burning me!” he yelled [PDF].

(Not everybody was having a bad experience. Some people, according to The New York Times, “heard heavenly choruses, saw brilliant colors … the world looked beautiful to them.” It was an especially productive experience for the head of the local farmers' co-op, who began writing hundreds upon hundreds of pages of luminous poetry.)

But overall, the scene was apocalyptic. “I have seen healthy men and women suddenly become terrorized, ripping their bed sheets, hiding themselves beneath their blankets to escape hallucinations,” the mayor of Pont-Saint-Esprit, Albert Hébrard, said. Asylums were filled with people wrapped in straitjackets and tied to beds. According to the British Medical Journal, “Every attempt at restraint increased the agitation.”

By the time the mass illness had subsided, approximately 300 people had been in some way affected. At least four died. In the immediate aftermath, the outbreak was blamed on … bread [PDF].

The summer of 1951 was especially wet, and ergot fungi grew all over the country's rye fields. Tainted grains were sourced back to the Roch Briand bakery, where a miller had used fungus-contaminated flour, causing widespread poisoning. The last time ergotism—or what's colorfully known as Saint Anthony’s Fire—had reportedly struck France, it was 1816.

Today, ergot poisoning remains the most commonly accepted explanation of what happened in Pont-Saint-Esprit, though there have been competing theories. Just weeks after the incident, the president of France’s miller’s union, Pierre Jacob, refused to acknowledge the ergot explanation, Reuters reported. Jacob argued that ergot was always present in French flour and, therefore, could not be responsible. To prove his point, he offered to eat ergot-tainted bread in front of a group of experts [PDF]. (There's no record of whether he actually completed the stunt.)

Other theories blamed mercury, fungicide, and various other types of fungus. Some people claimed it was the water used to make the bread, and not the grain, that had been infected.

And, of course, there are conspiracy theories.

In 2009, writer Hank P. Albarelli Jr. claimed that he found a fishy document belonging to the CIA. It contained this label: “Re: Pont-Saint-Esprit and F. Olson Files. SO Span/France Operation file, inclusive Olson. Intel files. Hand carry to Belin—tell him to see to it that these are buried.”

According to the BBC, Frank Olson was a CIA scientist researching LSD; David Belin was executive director of the White House commission investigating the CIA's abuses. Were these men connected to the Pont-Saint-Esprit poisoning? Was it some kind of hidden CIA LSD experiment? Or was the CIA—which was certainly studying psychoactive substances at the time—simply curious about what had happened in southern France?

Steven L. Kaplan, a bread historian at Cornell University, who wrote extensively about the fallout from the outbreak in a French-language tome titled The Cursed Bread, doesn’t buy into the CIA conspiracy theory. LSD, he says, was an unlikely culprit; the symptoms suffered by residents don't match those caused by the hallucinogen. But he’s not convinced that ergot was the cause, either.

Which raises the question: If not ergot or LSD, then what happened in Pont-Saint-Esprit in the summer of 1951?

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State

If you've ever argued that no one actually likes candy corn, you're probably not from Alabama, Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, or Rhode Island. The controversial confection is a favorite treat among residents in those states, according to sales data from online candy retailer CandyStore.com.

As they've done for more than a decade, the bulk candy retailer combed through 11 years of data (with a particular focus on the months leading up to All Hallows' Eve) to gauge America’s top-selling sweets. They created the interactive map below to display their results.

Source: CandyStore.com.

In addition to the divisive—yet classic—candy corn, Skittles, M&Ms, Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Starburst were among the nation's favorite candies. Hot Tamales, Tootsie Pops, Jolly Ranchers, and Sour Patch Kids have all earned some candy lovers' devotion, too.

Some states are unique in their top candy choices: Mississippi was the only state to name 3 Musketeers the best, while Connecticut opted for Almond Joy and West Virginia showed their love of Blow Pops. Meanwhile, trick-or-treaters in Kentucky have a sweet tooth for Swedish Fish, Louisianans love Lemonheads, and Delawareans would die for Life Savers.

After seeing which treat is number one in your state, check out the chart below to learn how many pounds of each top-ranking candy are consumed in each state (and then go buy a new toothbrush).

Source: CandyStore.com

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