While no one really knows when donuts were invented or who invented them. Doughnuts were originally made as a long twist of dough, not in the ring form that is most common these days. It was also common in England for donuts to be made in a ball shape and injected with Jam after they were cooked, this is still very common in England. The ring donut common to America just seemed to appear, but an American, Hansen Gregory, claimed to have invented it in 1847 when he was traveling on a steam boat. He was not satisfied with the texture of the center of the donut so he pressed a hole in the center with the ship’s pepper box.
• Doughnut vs. Donut? There has been much debate among experts as to whether “doughnut” or “donut” is the proper spelling. “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.” Either way you spell it, they’re still delicious!
• The first Friday in June is designated as National Doughnut Day.
• In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.
• Per capita, Canada has more donut shops than any other country.
• Adolph Levitt invented the first donut machine in 1920.
• The US donut industry is worth 3.6 billion dollars.