Workplace Donut Etiquette

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If you have ever worked in an office, you know that one fixture that always seems to show up at meetings is donuts. Fresh and delicious enough to keep you invested in the meeting. There is nothing like a Boston creme or glazed donut to get your creative juices flowing.

But, just like anything else in this world, there is a certain etiquette that should be followed if you and your co-workers come face-to-face with donuts. Here are a few pet peeves of mine:

#1 - Taking more than one donut at once

Ok, so you didn't have breakfast yet. Ok, so you are hungry. That's all well and good, but come on! There are other people in that meeting who may want a donut too and you are hoarding them all yourself. Not cool.

#2 - Touching other donuts you don't take

Just by looking at a donut in the box, you can pretty much get the idea of what it is. There is no need to pick up any of the others to inspect them and make sure you don't want those instead. You touch it, you take it.

#3 - Complaining about the flavor selection

Hey, big guy, did you pay for those donuts? No. Be grateful and enjoy your free breakfast. Oh, and to the donut bringer: don't stuff the selection of donuts with just flavors you like. Don't force your favorite flavors on me!


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For those of you out there that did not know, today is National Donut Day! A day to celebrate one of the most delicious confections ever created. Actually, the date has a little more history than that. The holiday dates back to 1938 and was created by the Salvation Army to honor women who handed out donuts on the front lines of World War I. Seriously. Click here to read about it.

Nowadays, National Donut Day is an excuse to partake in the wonderful treat. I got mine through the free donut promotion from Dunkin' Donuts. Yummy.

I also thought this would be a good time to rank my Top 5 favorite donuts. Let me know if you agree/disagree in the comments below.

#5 - Jelly Donut

The jelly-filled donut is one of the most delicious, albeit messy, donuts out there. In fact, its messiness is what ultimately dropped it down this list. I challenge anyone to eat a jelly donut without getting powdered sugar or jelly all over their clothing. It's almost guaranteed to happen to me, but it's a risk worth taking.

#4 - French Cruller

There is no classier way to eat a donut than eating a french cruller. So light and airy, and oh-so-delicious. Almost makes you feel like you are better than the person next you...almost.

#3 - Sprinkled Donut

The rainbow sprinkled donut is a feast for the eyes. Whenever someone opens the box of donuts, your eyes are immediately drawn to all the pretty colors. Nothing is more disappointing than when whoever made the donuts skimps on the sprinkles. Come on, donut man, give the people what they want! MORE SPRINKLES!

#2 - Boston Creme Donut

The Boston creme donut is a donut that is definitely not for everyone. But for those of us who love them, the combination of custard and chocolate is almost unbeatable. Boston creme is undeniably the king of the filled donuts.

#1 - Glazed Donut

Does it get any more classic than the glazed donut? Just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth and light enough that you could polish off a half dozen without blinking. I have yet to find someone who does not like a glazed donut, and if you know someone, immediately give them a stern look and eat a glazed donut right in their face.

Happy National Donut Day! Now go stuff your faces!