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A Persian is an oval-shaped, cinnamon-bun-like pastry with a sweet, pink icing made of either raspberries or strawberries. It originated in and remains particular to the city of Thunder Baymarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker.

The persian was invented in the 1930's by Art Bennet of Bennet's Bakery. Bennet's has passed through a couple of hands and now belongs to Dan Nucci. Bennet's Bakery has two "Persian Man" outlets, and also sell them at Nucci's store.

The Persian is a variation of the Pershing, a doughnut made from a yeast dough that is coiled with cinnamon and usually finished with a plain sugar glaze rather than pink icing. Pershings are widely available at doughnut shops elsewhere in North America.

Traditional lore is that the Persian was named for U.S. general John 'Blackjack' Pershing but the exact date of its inception and circumstances of its creation are no longer known, giving rise to competing claims and myths among people in the region. Its recipe remains a general secret with long-running debates on whether the icing contains raspberries or strawberries. Persians are often used as fundraising items to be sold at schools, churches, shopping malls, and other social events.

See also


  1. Tourism Thunder Bay; See:Persians. Only in Thunder Bay. Pity! Accessed 16 February 2009.

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