Homer Simpson has been the poster child for donut addicts everywhere for the past 25 years. He simply cannot resist the sweet, sweet flavors. And, honestly, they’ve gotten him into more trouble than good, but it’s hard to say no to a donut…and Homer and donuts make the perfect pair. You can hardly think about donuts without hearing Homer’s voice going “Mmmm….donuts,” followed by images of the cartoon character drooling.

While the Simpsons creators have Homer drooling at the references to the fried confection when they get a chance, there are only a few episodes which feature Homer’s favorite pastry. Sure, you can see Homer going on a binge from time to time, shoveling them in.

We’ve collected some of our favorite donut-featuring Simpson’s episodes here for your review. If you’ve got some favorites which aren’t mentioned here, tell us!

1. The time that Homer got traumatized.


Episode: “The Front”
Airdate: April 15, 1993
When it is discovered that Homer never graduated from High School, he vows to retake the science class that held him back. Here, he witnesses a sight that may have cause him to suffer from momentary PTSD. He sees the teacher burn a perfectly good, perfectly delicious donut.

2. Donut Junkie

Episode: “Changing of the Guardian”
Airdate: January 27, 1993
I’m sure that there are caffeine addicts out there who occasionally wonder what would happen if they took their favorite buzz and mainlined it. Well, Homer thought the same thing about his pastry addiction. Here, Homer has melted donuts down into liquid to directly inject them.

3. Donut Dreams

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Episode: “Simpson Tide”
Airdate: March 29, 1998
Homer usually sleeps on the job, usually after he eats all of the donuts in the break room. One day, he dreams that he visits a planet or an alternate dimension filled with sentient, talking donuts. And he eats them. When placed on trial for his crimes, he even takes a bite out of one of the donut lawyers. Upon waking, Homer discovers there is only one donut left in the break room. Instead of facing the horror of sharing, he uses nuclear power to create a giant donut. Yeah, that worked out perfectly.

4. Lard Lad’s Revenge

Episode: “Treehouse Horror VI”
Airdate: October 29, 1995
In Treehouse of Horror VI, Homer’s addiction to donuts almost causes the destruction of Springfield. When he finds out that Lard Lad doesn’t sell a giant donut, he steals the one the statue is holding. This sends Lard Lad on a rampage through Springfield until Homer returns the donut. Lard Lad might have been pacified, but all the other statues came to life, too.

5. Homer’s Worst Nightmare

Episode: “Treehouse Horror V”
Airdate: October 30, 1994
Homer tinkers with a toaster to send himself to an alternate dimension. For a moment, it’s paradise to Homer. Patty and Selma are dead and the Simpsons are ridiculously rich. But wait! There’s a problem. In this reality, there are no donuts. D’OH! Homer manages to get back to his dimension… just as donuts begin falling from the sky in the dimension he just left.

6. My Soul For a Donut

Episode: “Treehouse of Horror IV”
Airdate: October 28, 1993
In one of the arguably better Treehouse of Horror episodes, Homer Simpson sells his soul to Devil Flanders for one donut. While Homer’s soul is on trial with Marge acting as his defense, the minions of hell try and torture him, only to find he is impervious to their ministrations. Marge eventually saves Homer’s soul and they return to Springfield. Neighborly Ned still turns Homer’s head into a giant donut anyway.

These were some of the best donut episodes of the Simpsons. However, there was one gem of a reference. It dates all the way back to the third season. “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk” is the title of the episode. In one scene, Mayor Quimby says, “Ich bin ein Springfielder.” Homer Simpson replies with “Mmmm. Jelly donuts.”

For you youngsters, this is a play on a time when John F. Kennedy spoke in West Berlin and said, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” Berliner, however, not only means someone from Berlin. In German, Berliner also means “jelly donut.”

What are your favorite donut-featured episodes of The Simpsons? Do you love jelly donuts, too?