It's National Donut Day And Here Are 7 Facts You Didn't Know About Donuts

Today is National Donut Day! What better way to spend a day in June and November than by enjoying a delicious, sweet, mouth-watering treat? The story of the donut is sure to stretch that smile from ear to ear. Here are some of our favorite facts about these delectable any-time snacks!

1. The donut was first originated in New England, where settlers brought recipes for their "Hertfordshire Nuts," or "dow-nuts," which were made from yeast. The first cookbook featuring this recipe dates back to 1750.

2. Krispy Kreme founder Vernon Rudolph chose the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina as its headquarters in 1937. He began selling his treats in grocery stores. Eventually, the smell of sweet sugar was so overwhelming to customers, Rudolph cut a hole in the wall of the building and began selling donuts directly to his customers on the sidewalk!

3. During the 1940's and 1950's, some of the only places open during late night police patrols were donut shops. They also opened early to cater to early rising breakfast eaters! Donut shops which opened early welcomed police officers in for a bite to eat and to keep criminals at bay. Eventually, a donut paired with coffee became an early morning habit!

4. The "nut" in "donut" came from the original shape of the pastries, which resembled walnuts.

5. Although Maine sea captain Hanson Gregory took credit for discovering the hole in the donut, the science behind baking donuts was found in the 1830s, when chefs found donuts cooked more evenly without their middles.

6. In 1944, a gourmet donut revolution was born. With Thomas Keller in Napa and Mark Israel in New York, more flavors of donuts were created and became increasingly interesting (Pepto-Bismol donut in Portland, or the Bacon donut in NYC)

7. During WWI, Salvation Army volunteers fried donuts on the side of the road over camp stoves in an attempt to boost morale. These baked goodies were instantly associated with the feeling of being home and getting a fresh cooked meal from mom. When the war was over, "Sallies" came home as heroines, which were popularized in songs such as "My Doughnut Girl."

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