National Doughnut Day

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Well you 'donut' want to miss this one (pardon the pun)! National Doughnut Day gives us all the perfect excuse to indulge in the sweet intricacy that is the humble doughnut! This special treat of a day has an interesting history that goes beyond just a sweet tooth craving.

When is Doughnut Day?

It's national doughnut day on the 5th June.

A Sprinkle of History

National Doughnut Day has been causing a sugar rush in our networks since our records began. It's received a whopping 131901 mentions online with the most chatter happening on June 5, 2015, where everyone was seemingly in doughnut delight.

Why the Doughnut?

In truth, it's not just because they're delicious, though that's a big part of it! National Doughnut Day actually has its roots in charity, with the Salvation Army's 'Doughnut Lassies' gaining fame for handing out these rich treats to soldiers during World War I. What's a better way to honor their brave acts than devouring a doughnut or two? The answer, my friend, is none.

Frosted Fame

Amazingly, this day is officially recognized in the United States where there are two national days to satisfy your doughnut sprucing; the first one in June as we know and the other in November. That's right people, double doughnut delight!

A Whirlwind of Flavors

From glazed to filled, classic to artisanal, this day sees every flavor under the sun get its moment of frosted fame! In the age of Instagrammable food, National Doughnut Day sees indulgent pastries across the globe get a moment under the spotlight. So, whether you savor a simple sugar-dusted or dive in for tangy lemon curd filled one, remember, there's no wrong choice when it comes to a doughnut!

History behind the term 'Doughnut'


The Birth of the Fried Cakes

The term 'doughnut' originated in 1809 when a cookbook written by a Dutch author named Washington Irving was published. In his cookbook, Irving referred to these tasty treats as 'fried cakes.' The name 'doughnut' came later, but this was a significant step in the evolution of the term.


The Arrival of the Doughnut

During the mid-19th century, an American ship captain named Hansen Gregory made an innovative modification to the traditional fried cakes. Tired of the greasy centers and undercooked insides, Gregory decided to punch a hole in the center of the dough before frying it, creating what we now know as the classic 'doughnut' shape. This modification allowed the dough to cook evenly while creating the signature ring shape.


The Birth of the Spelling

The term 'doughnut' came into popular usage in the United States during the mid-19th century. However, it wasn't until 1864 that the Boston Cooking School Magazine published a recipe that spelled it as 'doughnut' instead of 'dough-nut.' This alternative spelling became widely accepted and is the standard spelling we use today.


Donut vs. Doughnut

In 1938, the popular coffee and doughnut chain Dunkin' Donuts (then known as Open Kettle) was established. Their decision to use the shortened 'donut' spelling in their name had a significant impact on the term's usage in the United States. While 'doughnut' remained the standard spelling, 'donut' gained popularity as an alternative spelling and is now commonly used, especially in commercial settings.


The World's Largest Doughnut

In 2010, the World Record for the largest doughnut was set in America. Weighing a staggering 3,739 pounds (1,695 kilograms) and measuring 16 feet (4.88 meters) in diameter, this massive doughnut was created by Dutch bakers in Illinois. This impressive feat showcases the enduring popularity and cultural significance of the beloved doughnut.

Did you know?

Did you know that there are about 10 billion doughnuts made in the US every year? That's more than enough for everyone to enjoy their share and then some!


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First identified

15th March 2015

Most mentioned on

5th June 2015

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