Doughnuts sold at a Krispy Kreme store on May 05, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day. But that’s not the only National Doughnut Day. Confused? Here are some deep-fried facts about doughnuts that will hopefully clear things up for you. Let’s start with the spelling.
Doughnut or Donut?
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“Doughnut” is actually proper, but “donut” is acceptable. If you look in older dictionaries, you’ll only find “doughnut.” However, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary now lists “donut” as a variant of “doughnut.”
Doughnuts Through History
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Hanson Gregory, an American, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 aboard a lime-trading ship when he was 16 years old.
The Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies made and delivered doughnuts to soldiers on the front lines of World War I. Up to 9,000 doughnuts were served to the troops daily.
In 1920, Russian-born Adolph Levitt created the first doughnut-making machine in New York City.
National Doughnut Day
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The first Friday in June and November 5th are National Doughnut Day.
National Doughnut Day was officially established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression.
U.S. vs. Canada
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The U.S. doughnut industry is worth 3.6-billion dollars.
America produces more than 10-billion doughnuts every year.
Boston, Massachusetts has the most doughnut shops per capita in the U.S. and is home to Dunkin’ Donuts.
However, Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than any other country. Tim Hortons is the preferred brand up there.
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The largest doughnut ever made was an American-style jelly doughnut weighing 1.7-tons, which was 16-feet in diameter and 16-inches high in the center.
Haight Loves Doughnuts
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The Guinness World Record for doughnut eating is held by John Haight, who scarfed down 29 doughnuts in just over six minutes.
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There are roughly 200 calories in the average doughnut. But who wants an average doughnut?
In the old days, doughnuts were fried in lard. These days, most doughnuts are fried in healthier oils.
Say My Name
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According to the Salvation Army, thirteen people in the United States are actually named ‘Donut.’ If I were one of them, I would have my last name legally changed to ‘Shop.’