Storified by Arya McLean· Mon, Apr 22 2013 18:20:35
Donuts have a special place in many people's hearts. They are a special part of Western culture and have come to represent warmth, happiness, and sweet reward. They are not an especially healthy breakfast like chocolate cruller, but they aren't always empty calories, either. They come in thousands of flavors, and everyone seems to have their favorite. Here are five of the most popular donut flavors and the history behind them.
1. Boston creme This is a yeast-type doughnut filled with a vanilla cream and topped with chocolate frosting. It is similar in flavor to Boston creme pie.
2. Cake There are two main types of doughnuts; yeast and cake style. Cake doughnuts are more dense than their yeast counterparts and they can hold up to all kinds of decoration. They are often iced and sprinkled, but they can also be glazed. They come in chocolate as well as a light version, and they can also be sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
3. Yeast Yeast donuts are light and airy, thanks to the action of the yeast in the dough. They can be flavored, iced, and sprinkled, similar to Cake donuts, but they are much different in taste from that of the cake donut.
4. Jelly The jelly donut is similar in style to the Boston creme donut, but this one is filled with a strawberry, cherry, or lemon-flavored jam or gel.
5. Glazed This is the most popular kind of donut. It is yeasted and light with a chewy bite and a sugar glaze that imparts just enough sweetness to the fragrant dough. They are best served warm, a service Krispy Kreme has perfected. In the areas of the United States lucky enough to have a Krispy Kreme store, customers flock to the factory/stores when the donuts are hot and ready, prompted by a window sign stating, "Hot Now."