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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.