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What Are the Different Types of Donut Bags?

Erik J.J. Goserud
Erik J.J. Goserud

Donuts, or doughnuts, are a fried food desert available in grocery stores, convenience shops, bakeries, and many more food outlets around the world. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from long and skinny, to round, to circular donut holes. Donuts are often purchased in packages and may come in a variety of donut bags or boxes. Both are designed to be inexpensive to the retailer, sturdy enough to stand up to grease, and nice to look at.

Any to-go order includes a proper donut carrying device. The right donut boxes or donut bags are affordable for the supplier and attractive to the consumer. The brand name is usually printed neatly on the outside of the box or bag. The boxes are made of stock cardboard with a protective coating. The types of donuts and their carrying cases vary by region. Many times, the top of the box or donut bag has a clear window to make the deserts inside visible.


The square or rectangular box is a popular form of carrying case for donuts. These are also the popular option for wholesale purchases. Purchasing online or from specialty donut shops allows the buyer to customize their own boxes with various colors, patterns, and messages. These carrying devices are very affordable.

Boxes are also the common stereotype for donuts as seen in Hollywood films, particularly those portraying police officers as donut lovers. These boxes can carry as few as six donuts and up to 100 or more, though the most common number is a dozen. These boxes can be broken down into a flat form for easy storage and stacking. The carrying units are of one-piece construction and are sealed with clear tape.

Chocolate glazed donuts.
Chocolate glazed donuts.

When donuts are purchased in smaller quantities, paper donut bags are the common option for transport. As donuts are deep fried, the bag is often made of a thicker material that will not show grease seeping through. These bags are usually made with recycled fiber and postconsumer waste. They can be purchased with or without the donuts inside.

Wholesalers buy donut bags and boxes in mass quantities customized to their brand. This bulk-buying method likely costs the company very little per unit. Some donut bags have carrying handles, while others are just folded at the tops. The donuts are sometimes wrapped in tissue paper to prevent seepage stains through the outsides of the donut bags.

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