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Sometimes there’s just nothing like having a doughnut and a cup of coffee in the morning.  Between the sugar and the caffeine, it can certainly jump start your day.  There’s definitely a lot more behind this tasty cake than you may think, so I present to you 10 Things to Know About Doughnuts.

The Dutch Did It: Although not verified, some credit has gone to the Dutch for importing doughnuts to America, around 1847. The donut or doughnut is a deep-fried piece of dough or batter. It comes from the Dutch origin of olykoeck or “oily cake”. The two most common types of donuts are the filled donut and the ring donut.

As Old As Time: Archaeologists have found petrified fried cakes with holes in them in the southwestern U.S. in prehistoric Native American ruins. So doughnuts have been invented more than once.

Donut Domination: The first doughnut machine was invented in 1920, in New York City, by a man named Adolph Levitt, a refugee from czarist Russia. Levitt’s doughnut machine was a huge hit causing doughnuts to spread like wildfire.

Food of the Future: By 1934, at the World’s Fair in Chicago, doughnuts were billed as “the hit food of the Century of Progress”. Seeing them made by machines “automatically” somehow made them seem all the more futuristic.

Home Sweet Home: In the Middle of World War I, millions of homesick American “doughboys” were served up countless doughnuts by women volunteers, trying to give the soldiers a taste of home.

Them’s Lots of Donuts: Internationally, Dunkin’ Donuts has over 1700 locations in 29 countries and over 6,000 stores in 30 countries world-wide! In the U.S. there are over 4,400 locations across 36 states.

Hungry Anyone? The Winchell’s Donuts located in Pasadena, CA, created a gigantic version of their apple fritter doughnut. It weighed 5000 pounds and stood 95 feet in diameter! When it was created in 1998, it was at the time, the world’s largest edible doughnut.

Ready For My Close-Up: Randy’s Donuts is a landmark in Inglewood, CA. The 22 foot diameter donut on top of the building was built in 1952. The giant donut has been featured in many TV shows as well as many popular movies, such as “Mars Attacks” and “Coming to America”.

Donut Fanatic: On one of his expeditions, Admiral Richard Byrd, a noted donut-lover, took along 100 barrels of donut flour, enough for two years’ worth of donuts.

Coffee and Donuts. Together at Last: Legend has it that dunking donuts first became a trend when actress Mae Murray accidentally dropped a donut into her coffee while dining at Lindy’s Deli on Broadway in New York City.

Posted by on May 27th, 2010

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