Origin of Donuts
The donut's history begins in the Netherlands; settlers brought 'olykoeks,' or oily cakes, to early New York (then New Amsterdam). These treats evolved into the round donuts we know today.
Donut or Doughnut?
The word 'doughnut' is the original term, dating back to the 1800s. 'Donut' became popular in the mid-20th century after Dunkin' Donuts made it commonplace.
War Boosted Popularity
Donuts were made famous by Salvation Army 'Doughnut Girls' who served them to soldiers during WWI. This comfort food became a symbol of home and warmth during tough times.
Astronauts Ate Donuts
In space, food options are limited due to microgravity. However, freeze-dried donuts were taken to space, giving astronauts a taste of this earthly pleasure.
Donuts in the Economy
The donut industry in the US is worth over $7 billion. The popularity of donut shops and specialty flavors continues to contribute significantly to local and national economies.
Guinness World's Largest Donut
The largest donut ever made was an American-style jelly donut, weighing 1.7 tons. Created in Utica, New York in 1993, it remains unbeaten in the Guinness World Records.
Innovative Donut Flavors
Chefs keep reinventing donuts with unique flavors like bacon maple, Sriracha, and even whiskey. These gourmet donuts offer a sophisticated twist on the classic treat.