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Someone In L.A. Placed An Order For 1 Million French Donuts

Donuts on donuts on their way from France (Photo by debr22pics via Shutterstock)
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Most of us don't have to travel far for a great donut in L.A., but apparently one donut enthusiast felt compelled to take the quest for the best ring-shaped pastry to an international level. And they went big. Really big.

An unidentified Los Angeles customer placed an epic order of one million donuts from a French bakery last week, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. The massive donut order will be carried out by French industrial bakery firm Berlidon, which was recommended to the mystery customer by another French-donut-obsessed client in Las Vegas. The 200-person bakery exports 85 percent of their products to 32 countries around the world, and is apparently well known for their beignets and donuts. This order is considered to be the largest donut order to the U.S. According to Berlidon’s general manager Luc Jeanierre, "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."

As much as we pride ourselves on the donut being a very American breakfast (or any time of the day) treat, apparently this lord-of-the-donuts Angeleno believes the French do it better. Which is basically like a Parisian ordering one million French baguettes from L.A. L'impossible!

Not only does the identity of the million donut customer remain a mystery, but we also have no idea what type of donuts they ordered. Are they all one variety or a mix? Chocolate-frosted or jelly-filled? Glazed or old-fashioned? If they make a Boston Creme in France, can it still be called a Boston Creme? What does a French Cronut taste like? The questions are endless. Also, when can we expect our invitation to this donut feast?