History of the Donut

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Informative Speech

History of the Donut

Specific Purpose
My specific purpose is to inform my audience about the history of the donut, how it got its hole, and its comeback in today’s society.

Desired Outcomes
I want my audience to:
* Know how the donut originated.
* Know how the donut got its hole in the center.
* Know how the donut gains its comeback in today’s society.

Thesis Statement
The donut has played a great role in history and in American’s stomachs.

Homer Simpson from the Simpson’s cartoon states it the best: “Hmmmm……. Doughnuts!”
A doughnut can be defined as:
1 a round cake with a whole or filling
2 a ring shaped object
3 or a tight 360 degree turn made in a motor vehicle.
For the purpose of the speech, I will be talking about Webster’s definition of a donut defined as a small cake of sweetened or, sometimes unsweetened dough fried in deep fat, typically shaped like a ring or, when prepared with a filling, a ball.

The donut has often been characterized as the policeman’s favorite food, but lately it has also been America’s favorite treat. The donut has played a great role in history and in America’s stomachs.

Today I would like to inform you about the history of the donut, why donut has holes and their comeback in today’s society.

Sentence Outline
I. According to Mr. Breakfast website, donuts have been around since the beginning of time. a. Archaeologists still continue to find fossilized bits of what looks like donuts in the Native American settlements. b. The donuts are said to have come to Manhattan by the Dutch with the name “oily cakes.”

c. Most people give credit to the Dutch for the invention of these fried cakes
II. Mason Crockett Gregory was the first to introduce the hole in the center of the donut. a. He knocked the soggy center out of the fried donuts to ensure that it got...
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