National Donut Day: Fun facts about the favorite breakfast treat

National Donut Day: Fun facts about the favorite breakfast treat

Mmmmmmm.... donuts.  Homer Simpson said it perfectly and I can't help but think he'd be particularly thrilled that National Donut Day is upon us.

The first Friday in June marks National Donut Day, and who doesn't love the idea of celebrating that holiday? Do so with a delicious bit of fried dough and also with these fun facts about

* "National Doughnut Day" (the original spelling) began on the first Friday in June in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, and it still is today.  National Donut Day as it is now known commemorates Salvation Army female volunteers known as “donut lassies,” who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines of World War I.

* Those lassies had limited resources, so they could fry only seven at a time until the Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.

* American prisoners of war at Son Tay prison camp tricked their North Vietnamese captors into giving out donuts by telling them that the birthday of the United States Marine Corps was once referred to as National Donut Day.

* The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller for Entenmann's Bakery since its introduction in 1973. donut2

* In the early ’50s, Frank Sinatra used to call the Bay Shore bakery to place weekly orders from Entenmann’s.

* The largest donut ever made was a 1.7 ton American-style jelly donut measuring 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high in the center.

* In the U.S., more than 10 billion donuts are made every year. Entenmann’s alone produces more than 780 million donuts a year at its bakeries in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Montebello, California. That is the equivalent of more than 100,000 donuts every hour

* Doughnut vs. donut: The now-accepted spelling of "donut" did not overtake the more traditional "doughnut" until Dunkin Donuts stores dotted the nation a few decades ago, according to Grammarist. One-third of Americans use "donut," with most preferring "doughnut."

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