Long John (doughnut) facts for kids
|Alternative names||Cream stick, filled stick, chocolate bar, maple bar|
|Main ingredients||Dough, and glaze or icing|
|Other information||May be called an "éclair", but has yeast-risen dough|
The Long John is a bar-shaped, yeast risen pastry like a doughnut either coated entirely with glaze or top-coated with cake icing. They may be filled with custard or creme. The term Long John is used in the Midwestern U.S. and Canada.
In other parts of the United States, such as the Mid-Atlantic, Long Johns are sometimes marketed as "éclairs"; the two pastries look similar but are created with different types of dough (steam-puffed vs. yeast-risen) and sometimes different fillings (the éclair may have chiboust cream). The éclair has (usually chocolate) fondant icing.
On the American West Coast, Long Johns are called bars or bar doughnuts, such as the maple bar and the chocolate bar (depending on the frosting). Filled Long Johns are called filled bars, or filled bar doughnuts. For example, an unfilled (or even custard-filled) Long John with maple-flavored icing is called a maple bar in California.
Some parts of the American Midwest also call this type of pastry a cream stick when filled.
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