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Beer, Doughnuts, & the War of 1812

The Great Doughnut War of '12 Poster

Last week the staffs of the National Archives and the Canadian Embassy here in Washington gathered to commemorate the War of 1812 in a special way—The Great Doughnut War of ’12, pitting Dunkin’ Donuts & Krispy Kreme against Tim Hortons. Three celebrity judges—two from the National Archives & one from the Canadian Embassy participated in a blind taste testing (below left).

Blind taste text & ballot box







& the attendees all had a chance to vote (ballot box, above right) as the doughnuts were served on separate unlabeled platters. Lest you think the two to one odds—doughnuts & judges—were unfair, let me point out that the event was held in MY HOUSE!

National Archives in black and white








The tension built during the day when we learned that the delivery of Tim Hortons to the Embassy resulted in potential disaster.

crushed doughnuts








Claiming SABOTAGE by the competition, the resourceful Embassy staff hoofed it to Baltimore for replacements.

We treated our Canadian friends to a display of facsimiles of records pertaining to the War of 1812 and beer!

And we ended the evening with a special screening of my favorite movie, “Strange Brew”—the source of everything I will am know and love about Canada!

P.S. Tim Hortons was the victor—both by popular vote & celebrity vote. A recount is underway!



Updated: June 14, 2012 — 3:44 pm

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