Donuts, those glazed, ring-shaped wonders, may be inextricably linked to the United States, where it's considered to be the favourite snack of police officers and immortalized by animated character Homer on the popular television show The Simpsons.
But for those who take their donuts seriously, perhaps the deep fried goodies can only be trusted in the hands of the French.
Or so it seemed on Friday, when French newspaper Le Figaro reported
that French industrial bakery firm Berlidon received a mammoth and somewhat unexpected order from an even more surprising location.
A customer based in Los Angeles has ordered no less than one million donuts.
Apparently the order came after another client based in Las Vegas recommended the French bakers.
Berlidon now boasts what appears to be a record order from the US. The bakery, based in the Gard region of southern France, which its website noted is known for its frozen beignets and donuts, joined the Poppies Group in 2001.
The order is good news for the 200 workers at the firm, which exports 85 percent of its products to a total of 32 countries around the world. The products are transported frozen.
Explaining his theory for the popularity of Berlidon's Made in France donuts, the firms general manager Luc Jeanierretold Le Figaro: ”
“In the United States there are not many industrial bakeries like ours. In addition, we offer a smaller than standard sized donut purposefully geared towards the American market.”
Although France is famous for its pastry delicacies, donuts would probably never top its list of culinary delights.
Most French themselves prefer a fresh baked croissant or a sublime pain au chocolat to the donut's sugary charm.