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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?

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Names 'They' Word Of The Year

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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

    Salvation Army doughnut ladies

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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

    Chicago 1935

    Chicago, circa 1935 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    • 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

    Dunkin' Donuts sign

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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.
  • Giant Jelly

    Randy's Donuts

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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

    Glazed Donuts

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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.
  • Calories, Schmalories

    Frying doughnuts

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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

    Boy eating doughnut

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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.’