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Over 10 Billion Donuts Are Made Every Year – In Just The US

National Cream-Filled Donut Day is held annually on September 14th to recognize one of our favorite foods.  Whether you enjoy vanilla, chocolate or many of the other varieties, cream-filled donuts offer many ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

  • We can thank the Dutch for the recipe. It is believed that Dutch pilgrims brought their traditional “oily cakes” (olykoeks) to America.
  • The oldest recipe was in a historic 17th-century Dutch cookbook called, De Verstandige Kock. Translated, that means “The Sensible Cook.”
  • In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.
  • Between their 27 locations, LaMar’s Donuts produces 344,700 donuts per week, which is 17.9 million donuts per year.
  • Per capita, Canada has more donuts shops than any other country.
  • Doughnuts vs. Donuts? “Doughnut” is actually proper, but “donut” is acceptable. If you look in older dictionaries, you’ll only find “doughnut.” However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary now lists “donut” as a variant of “doughnut.”
  • In 1920, the first automatic doughnut machine was invented. Adolph Levitt had a bakery in New York City, in the 20’s.
  • In some cultures, eating jelly doughnuts can bring you good luck. In Germany, people eat jelly doughnuts for good luck on New Year’s Eve.
  • Some folks make a game of it and fill a few of the doughnuts with mustard instead of jelly. If a person bites into a mustard-filled doughnut, it’s predicted that they will suffer a year of bad luck.
  • The average, glazed doughnut has about 12 grams of sugar.
  •  in 2003, the Boston Kreme became the official doughnut of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives?
  • Jelly-filled donuts are one of the most popular flavors of donuts
  • Krispy Kreme has 25 flavors of donuts ranging from the classics to chocolate cake and crullers.
  • Washington Irving’s gothic story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” has one of the earliest literary mentions of donuts.


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