Cops & Donuts – Ying & Yang

One of the truths we all know about life is that cops love donuts. The bond between the two is so strong it has, over the years, become the topic of countless jokes.

Know how you can tell when a cop has been on the job too long? He’s often seen on the streets exchanging donut recipes with complete strangers.

The connection between cops and donuts has a simple explanation. Bakers bake at night, cops patrol at night, and boogie men come out at night. Invite a patrol officer in for a cup of coffee, a sweet morsel, and you get a little free protection from the dangers of the night. Same thing worked for me when I worked in an all-night gasoline station while in college. Keep a fresh pot of hot coffee on and you’d get frequent local policemen and highway patrolmen stopping by to check how you’re doing in exchange for something to ward of the night’s chill. A win-win if ever!

Sometime however, you just gotta wonder if maybe there is something in the DNA of cops that attracts them to donut shops. On Facebook recently some people were talking about a famous donut maker from our town’s past when it was mentioned that we had a new doughslinger in town. Asked the location of the new place someone said, “Across from the police station.” Well, in fact it is exactly across from the police station and the owner and chief hole puncher is the former chief of the local police force. Let’s see, what do I want to do when I retire from law enforcement? I know, I’ll start a donut shop!

Several years ago a few of had dinner in a Columbus restaurant. On the way home we drove through Washington Court House and stopped at a United Dairy Farmers store for a dish of ice cream. It was after midnight and the parking lot was half filled with law enforcement vehicles. There were city police cruisers, a state patrol vehicle, and several county sheriff cruisers. Inside were several tables filled with officers enjoying a cup of coffee and the sweet treats of Krispy Kreme Donuts. Outside the main entrance was a Krispy Kreme Donut delivery truck and a delivery man pushing a hand cart loaded with a fresh supply. This would have been the perfect photo opportunity but unfortunately it predated the day when everyone had a camera built into their cellphone.

Dunkin’ Donuts is joining with Johnson & Johnson to create a new institutional air freshener scent for police stations; yeast dough and sugar.

I’ll end with a story about a 130 year old donut shop in Clare, Michigan. It was going out of business and the local police force was facing mass yeast withdrawal if something wasn’t done to save it. So, nine cops pooled their money and bought the business and reopened with a new name, “Cops & Donuts.”

5 thoughts on “Cops & Donuts – Ying & Yang”

  1. You’ll have to admit, Larry, that there was something truly unique about the tipperaries created by that “former donut maker”. I don’t think I’ve run across anything quite like them before or since. That’s why that thread belongs on the GOFF page. Don’t despair, however. GOFF is there to communicate with those fundamentalists whose heads would explode if they even got a whiff of anything progressive. Communicate with them over there, and the rest of us will be here. As you can see, I’m becoming a regular (if a somewhat wordy one). Keep it up!

    1. There IS something totally unique about all the fried pastries that came out of Pearce’s. The cream filling was homemade and special and the dough fried up with a color and texture no one has totally duplicated. I’ve said this before, the Mennonite bakery near Bainbridge comes close with the dough but nobody has the icing and filling that Pearce’s had. It’s not a myth!

      1. I completely agree that I’ve never tasted anything like Pearce’s fried pastries. However on our last trip to OSU I found a tiparary much similar, the carmel icing, the white filling, and the color of the dough were close. The fact that you had to get into the Seasons Cafeteria prior to seven am or they were all gone tells me that the folks working there think highly of them too. There are usually some Twists and donuts left after eight but they aren’t really close to Pearce’s flavor. Don’t know who bakes for them but they make good pastries.

  2. A radio station in Boston used to play a game called Cop/No Cop. They would get a contestant on the air and call a random doughnut shop. All the contestant had to do was correctly guess whether or not a cop was there to win a prize.

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