Follow the flying doughnut
Looking for a doughnut that’s literally out of this world? Head to Donutology, a science-themed doughnut shop in Westport.
There, you’ll find a sprinkled doughnut that was launched into space in December with the help of a helium weather balloon. The doughnut, which was space-proofed with a thick layer of protective silicon that rendered it inedible, started its amazing journey in Marceline, Mo., the boyhood home of Walt Disney.
“The whole idea of Disney and the dreams that he had was really inspiring to us,” says Donutology owner Andrew Cameron.
The doughnut reached an altitude of 97,000 feet — more than 18 miles — and traveled 253 miles before landing in rural eastern Illinois four hours later. Its fantastic voyage was captured on a GoPro camera fixed to a plexiglass wing. The resulting video was the work of Sandbox, a Chicago-based marketing firm with an office in Kansas City.
Last week, Cameron unveiled an interactive display at Donutology that features the “Space Donut” under glass along with the deflated weather balloon and a map of the flight path. The display also plays a video of the launch that shows the Space Donut flying high above Earth and a spacesuit stand-up where aspiring astronauts can pose for photos.
Donutology also teamed up with Charlie Hustle to make T-shirts commemorating the launch. The shirts are currently sold at Donutology for $32. Next month, they’ll be available at Charlie Hustle’s Plaza store, 419 W. 47th St.
The Westport doughnut shop, which is at 1009 Westport Road, isn’t the first to launch a doughnut into space. In 2015, a pair of Swedish brothers sent a pink sprinkled confection sky-high.
Next up: Fried chicken. KFC says it wants to launch its Zinger chicken sandwich into space with the help of Rob Lowe, the new Colonel Sanders. Far out.