You will find the treat of deep fried dough throughout the world, including the United States. It is often found at carnivals, amusement parks, and county fairs. The size and shape vary, and it goes by different names: elephant ears, beaver tails, and funnel cakes. In Rhode Island, the treat goes by the name doughboys, and it is serious business.
The doughboy was a feature in an episode of Pizza Masters from the Cooking Channel and it is listed as an iconic dish of Rhode Island on the Food Network. The doughboy has even made the New York Times as part of an article on the food delicacies found in little Rhode Island.
If you decide to try this iconic RI sweet treat, you will have some great opportunities this summer. Doughboys can be found in bakeries, pastry shops, pizzerias, county fairs, and seafood shacks throughout the state. It is even in the name of famous Rhode Island restaurants: Iggy’s Doughboys and Mrs. Gus’s Doughboys, making this treat easy to find.Library Blog