One of the most convenient type of food that you can just grab and go are donuts. Whether paired with a cup of coffee or eaten on its own, these rings of nicely fried dough are considered by many people as their ultimate comfort food. They are not only delicious, they also offer variety with the availability of different flavors and frosting.
Donuts can also be found almost everywhere across the US. But, have you ever thought about donut’s delicious history? Here are some fun and tasty facts about one of America’s favorite comfort food, the donuts.
- Each year, over 10 billion donuts are made in the United States alone. Americans love their donuts, which is obvious with the huge American donut industry. A significant number of bake shops and fast food chains are dedicated to the production of these delightful desserts.
- The US city with the most donut shops per person is Boston. In fact, according to AdWeek, the city has one donut shop for every 2,480 people. This shows that people living in Boston definitely love their donuts.
- The stereotype that cops love donuts has some truth to it. In the 1950’s, police officers working during the graveyard shift would usually stop by their local donut shop to have a snack and to do some paper work. Back then, donut shops were among the few establishments that would stay open during late hours. The association stuck around because of the development of a reciprocal relationship. The owners of the donut shops welcomed the protection given by the presence of the police officers and the police officers loved having a place where they can eat even late at night.
- During the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, donuts were proclaimed as the “Hit Food of the Century of Progress”. Also, according to Sally Levitt Steinberg, whose grandfather invented the donut machine, donuts became a staple of the working class during the Depression because they were fresh, cheap, and could be made quickly because of automated machines.
- There are people in the US who have names related to “Doughnut” or “Donut”. According to the White Pages, there are 10 people in the US whose last names are either “Doughnut” or “Donut”. Additionally, there are 13 people who are named “Donut”, making it the 245,396th most popular name in the country. These numbers are based on 2011 data, so there is a possibility that they have already increased.
- The first writer that is widely considered to describe donuts in print is Washington Irving. Irving, who is the author of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, described donuts as “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.”
- Potato donuts were once popular. These donuts were made with mashed potatoes or potato starch and were very popular at one time. They even had a fast food chain called the Spudnuts that served potato donuts. It was founded by two brothers in the 1940’s, and was also the first fast food donut chain to open in Los Angeles, California. However, the chain is already mostly defunct, with only a few independent locations still in operation.
- There was a donut shop in Oregon, which used to offer medicinal donuts that were coated with Nyquil or Pepto Bismol. The shop, called Voodoo Doughnut, was known for its crazy flavors, including medicinal ones. However, they were forced to stop making them after the FDA stepped in.
- Renee Zellweger ate 20 donuts a day for the sequel of her famous movie, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. She needed to gain weight fast to reprise her role and to do that, she ate a lot of fatty foods, including donuts.
- In the 1934 movie, “It Happened One Night”, Clark Gable taught viewers how to properly dunk donuts when he outlined the dunking etiquette to his co-star, Claudete Colbert. According to Gable, dunking donuts is an art and these were his exact words: “Don’t let it soak so long. A dip and—plop, into your mouth. If you let it soak so long, it’ll get soft and fall off. It’s all a matter of timing. I ought to write a book about it.”
- During World War I, soldiers were served donuts and coffee. They were brought by Salvation Army workers to cheer the soldiers up and remind them of home.
- Randy’s Donuts, located in California, is one of the most iconic Hollywood donut shop as it has appeared in numerous movies. Some of the movies include Earth Girls are Easy in 1988, Get Shorty in 1995, Crocodile Dundee in 1986, and Iron Man 2 in 2010.