doughboys-donut-dunking-association-1aFUN DONUT FACT:

There Used to be a National Dunking Association

The National Dunking Association was founded in the 1930's. Believe it or not dunking had just never occurred to anyone before.

The story goes actress Mae Murray started the "craze' of dunking when she accidentally dropped her donut in her coffee and then raved about the delectable taste.


Although there isn't a lot left about this group, there were believed to me a few million members in its hay day, with som celebrity members including: Johnny Carson, Red Skelton and Jimmy Durante. (For some of our younger customers feel free to click on their names to find out more about them)

So what did the National Dunking Association do? Well per dountgrrl, the real National Dunking Association was started by the Doughnut Corporation of America, probably as a fun new way to get customers and try a new take on our old favorite donut. To bring it to like the National Dunking Association took their organization very seriously with a very specific set of instructions on how to dunk a donut. 

National Dunking Association Rules for DUNKING

doughboys-donut-dunking-association-rules-1While dunking, like every other popular sport, is still enjoyed by millions of amateurs, one must turn to the professional dunkers for a truly thrilling display of grace and skill. To the professional dunker, every tiny gesture, every crook of a pinkie, has a significant meaning all its own. The Professional dunker has a keen sense of timing, and accuracy of aim that is positively astounding. It is the aim of the National Dunking Association to introduce every amateur to the joys of professional dunking by teaching proper forms, poise and technique. Here are the basic principles of corre3ct dunking, which must be mastered before you can say, with a catch of pride in your throat: “I am a professional dunker!”

doughboys-donut-dunking-association-rules-2Step No. 1. Tuck a great, big (bigger the better) napkin under your chin, to protect you from any stray splashes. Once you have become expert, this will not be necessary.

Step No. 2. Break your donut in half. Dunking a whole donut at one time is definitely bad form.


Step No. 3. Pick up a half donut tenderly between the thumb and the forefinger. The other three fingers must point daintily upward. Hold the half-donut poised over your cup of coffee, cocoa, tea or milk. You may sigh in rapturous anticipation.

Step No. 4. Proceed to swish the donut rhythmically in the beverage with a free and easy movement of the entire arm. Keep your wrist and elbow relaxed for a smooth, circular stroke.

doughboys-donut-dunking-association-rules-6Step No. 5. Your donut should be immersed in the drink for exactly two-and-one-half seconds… long enough for the drink to soak through the dunked portion… not too long or it will become, soggy and break off.

Step No. 6. Remove the donut and hold it above the cup, permitting all the excess drops of liquid to drip, drip, drip back.

doughboys-donut-dunking-association-rules-8Step No. 7. And now the sweet climax! You swerve the donut in a graceful curve toward your mouth and close your teeth tenderly over the dunked portion. At this point it is both proper and only human, even for professionals, to close your eyes in ecstasy and smile dreamily.

Step No. 8. Repeat the above process until all the donuts on the table are simply fond memories.

A final word on how not to dunk. We find these words of caution are necessary to assist amateur dunkers whose inexperienced eyes are deceived by the apparent simplicity of dunking when beautifully executed by an expert. By all means avoid these treacherous pitfalls of dunking:

  1. Don’t forego a napkin under your chin if you’re a novice at the sport.
  2. Don’t plunge a whole donut in your drink.
  3. Don’t (please don’t) splash, or slosh your drink over into your saucer.
  4. Don’t hastily pass the dunked donut from cup to your lips.
  5. Don’t dunk in your saucer

“Dunk, yes dunk! But please take care to keep your fingers in the air! The Donut only must get wet… or else it’s not good etiquette!”