In this series, we reveal the secrets, histories and quirky bits of trivia behind your favorite foods.
Before Homer Simpson sold his soul to the devil for a doughnut in the '90s, a much more dashing American celebrity secured the fried food's place in our cultural archives.
In 1934's romantic comedy It Happened One Night, a straight-shooting reporter (played by Clark Gable) teaches a spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) the fine art of doughnut dunking over breakfast: “Don’t let it soak so long. It’s all a matter of timing.” (“Dunking’s an art,” he says. “I ought to write a book about it." And then they fall in love.)