25 Mouth-Watering Doughnut Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by , Updated on May 31, 2018

It’s National Doughnut Day, meaning you’re stuck at work wondering why you don’t have a doughnut in your hand. That’s only natural. Doughnuts are as delicious as they are addictive. Just the mere sight of them makes our salivary glands flood our mouths like a tsunami. The colorful toppings, the shimmering and sugary glaze, the sweet smell and the soft, fluffy texture easily force us to throw down cash for a baker’s dozen. Even the shape is a perfect circle ready to be devoured. And, if we’re being honest, we could binge eat an entire box right now.  But, while you decide if you’re going to get a doughnut, and you obviously should, let’s learn some doughnut trivia first. Here are 25 Mouth-Watering Doughnut Facts You Probably Didn’t Know.


Is it spelled doughnut or donut? Believe it or not, both are correct. "Doughnut" is the original form introduced in the Oxford-English Dictionary in 1809, but later, "Donut" became an American form which has seen recent popularity.

doughnutsSource: https://writingexplained.org/doughnut-or-donut-difference

If you want to go back even further, doughnuts are a Dutch treat called "olykoeks" that came to Manhattan around the 18th century.

olykoeksSource: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-history-of-the-doughnut-150405177/

Skip ahead to modern day and doughnuts have received overwhelming popularity in the United States. 10 billion doughnuts are made each year in the States alone.

donutsSource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/07/national-donut-day-history_n_3398148.html

The largest doughnut ever made was in Utica, New York on September 21st, 1993. A jelly doughnut, it weighed 1.7 tons and was 16-feet wide and 16-inches high.

utica nySource: https://www.doughboysreno.com/blog/19-fun-donut-fact-largest-donut-ever.html

The first doughnut machine wasn't created until 1920 and was the brain-child Adolf Levitt, a Russian immigrant to New York City. He owned a small bakery in the city and high-demand inspired him to create a machine to make doughnuts faster. Of course, the machines were a wild success and Levitt made money hand over fist.

doughnut machineSource: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-history-of-the-doughnut-150405177/

Canada loves doughnuts. Per capita, they have more doughnut shops than any other country. Their love of doughnuts is deeply connected to their love of coffee, an agreeably awesome food combination.

tim hortonsSource: http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/the-doughnut-unofficial-national-sugary-snack

While Canada is the country with the most doughnut shops, Boston, Massachusetts takes the cake for the city with the most doughnut shops per person. It comes out to about one doughnut shop for 2,480 people.

dunkin donutsSource: http://triviahive.com/d/which-us-city-has-the-most-donut-shops-per-capita-50D0F60F627751CB

The global doughnut industry is worth roughly 40 billion USD. It's projected to grow to 55 billion in 2024.

doughnut industrySource: https://www.goldsteinresearch.com/report/global-doughnuts-market-outlook-2024-global-opportunity-and-demand-analysis-market-forecast-2016-2024

Many world records have been achieved with doughnuts. Shamus Petherick, for instance, ate the most powdered doughnuts in three minutes at the Donuts Coffee N More in Australia.

powdered donutSource: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-powdered-doughnuts-eaten-in-three-minutes

Between Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, and Dunkin' Donuts, it's Dunkin' Donuts that takes the number one spot as the largest doughnut chain in the world with 11,000 stores in 33 countries.

dunkin donuts 2Soruce: https://www.policeone.com/entertainment/articles/231432006-The-top-5-donut-chains-according-to-cops/

During World War II, many women working for the Red Cross were called "Donut Dollies" because they would frequently hand out coffee and doughnuts to the soldiers.

donut dolliesSource: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/combat-nurses-and-donut-dollies.html

Shortly after World War II, a common stereotype of police officers always having doughnuts started and hasn't really died out. Since doughnuts were a cheap snack being served at all-night doughnut shops, police officers would frequent them during their nightly shifts. And to keep the stores safe at night, doughnut shop owners would try to lure police in for a quick bite.

cops doughnutsSource: http://time.com/4800386/donuts-doughnuts-police-cops/

If you stacked all the doughnuts sold during National Doughnut week, they'd reach all the way to the International Space Station and back.

issSource: http://www.lifedeathprizes.com/lists/doughnut-week-and-dougnut-facts-15012

Dunkin' Donuts has actress Mae Murray to thank for the trend of dunking doughnuts. When she was having coffee and a doughnut, she accidentally dropped it in her coffee. After she ate the dunked doughnut, she raved about it and started a new trend.

mae murraySource: http://www.neatorama.com/2016/03/31/The-Actress-Who-Started-the-Craze-of-Dunking-Your-Doughnut/

In 2012, the largest doughnut mosaic was created at the Lviv Pampykh Festival in Lviv, Ukraine. They used 7,040 doughnuts to create it. Afterward, all the doughnuts were given to the public at the festival.

ukraineSource: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/6/guinness-world-records-celebrates-national-doughnut-day

Doughnuts are high in calories and fat. If you added one doughnut a day to your diet and didn't exercise, you'd gain one pound every ten days.

fatSource: https://www.livestrong.com/article/471877-health-effects-of-doughnuts/

In some cases, a popular activity for kids during Halloween has been to "bob for doughnuts." Of course, unlike bobbing for apples, you hang the doughnuts up by a string and try to bite them.

donut bobbingSource: https://thechicsite.com/2014/04/17/bobbing-for-donuts/

For her role in the second Bridget Jones Diary movie, Renee Zellweger ate 20 doughnuts a day to quickly pack on the pounds.

renee zellwegerSource: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodculture/15-delicious-facts-about-doughnuts/ss-AAgCMhK#image=10

At the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, doughnuts went from popular fad to being declared the "Hit Food of the Century of Progress." It was hailed as being a perfect blend of fresh ingredients and automated preparation.

chicago worlds fairSource: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/06/04/10-things-you-dont-know-about-doughnut-history/slide/the-food-of-the-century/

The most iconic and popular Hollywood doughnut shop is Randy's Donuts. Located in Inglewood, California, it has a gigantic doughnut on top of its small roof. It's appeared in several movies, including Crocodile Dundee and Iron Man 2.

randy's donutsSource: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/06/23/randys-donuts-inglewood-entourage-dope/29036985/

Portland, Oregon is home to the bizarre doughnut shop, Voodoo Doughnut. Let's just say they got a little too creative and started offering doughnuts laced with Pepto Bismol, NyQuil, and other select ingredients before the FDA had to intervene.

voodoo doughnutsSource: https://www.fastcodesign.com/1673135/the-secret-joojoo-behind-voodoo-doughnuts

The first fast food doughnut chain to open in Los Angeles was called Spudnuts Donuts. Rather than dough, these Spudnuts were made with mashed potatoes or potato starch.

spudnutsSource: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/the-spudnuts-saga-a-bite-of-donut-history-2375403

In 2013, a New York pastry chef named Dominique Ansel invented the Cronut, a combination of a croissant and a doughnut. The trend immediately blew up, making the new creation a huge sensation. To this day, they're still difficult to find, but you might be able to make them yourself with a recipe online.

cronutSource: https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-05-09/the-complete-history-of-the-cronut

The French used to call their doughnuts "Pet de Nonne" which translates "Nun's Farts." We're going to stick with calling them doughnuts.

nun fartsSource: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodculture/15-delicious-facts-about-doughnuts/ss-AAgCMhK#image=8

It's no secret Cosmopolitan magazine likes to hand out sex tips. Their covers always have one. But, you might not know their most infamous sex tip of all time involved a doughnut. And we'll just leave it at that.

sex doughnutSource: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/02/26/the_doughnut_on_a_penis_sex_tip_the_history_of_cosmopolitan_s_weirdest_sex.html

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