Iced, chocolate, ring or jam - we all love a doughnut!


1. It’s National Doughnut week from 9-16 May.

2. The first doughnut machine was invented during 1920 Adolph Levitt, a refuge from Czarist Russia. Not surprisingly, it was a great hit.

3. The largest doughnut ever made was an American-style jelly doughnut.  It weighed 1.7 tons, was 16ft wide and 16inches high.  It was made in Utica, New York, USA on January 21, 1993.

4. The holes in doughnuts appeared in the first half of the 19th century when bakers discovered that they allowed the pastry to cook more evenly.

5. If all the doughnuts sold since National Doughnut week began were stacked on top of each other, they would reach all the way to the International Space Station and back to earth again.

6. More people buy doughnuts on a Saturday than any other day of the week with 20.1%.

7. 14 million doughnuts (at 10cm) laid end to end would reach from John O’Groat’s to Land’s End. Just in case you were wondering…

8. It’s thought that the doughnuts were created in medieval times by the Dutch. They were called ‘olykoeks’, which translates to oily cakes…nice!

9. …But archaeologists have found petrified fried cakes with holes in them in the southwestern U.S. in prehistoric Native American ruins. So maybe doughnuts have been invented more than once!

10. Elvis Presley’s only TV commercial was for Southern Made Doughnuts in 1954.

image of pink iced doughnut


11. The world record for doughnut eating is Eric Booker’s 49 glazed doughnuts in eight minutes.

12. Homer Simpson adores doughnuts. One of his sayings is: ‘Donuts: is there anything they can’t do?’

13. According to the Guinness World Records, the largest box of doughnuts was from Krispy Kreme, weighing 135kg (297lb 10oz), served up in Kuwait on 30 May 2009.

14. In the middle of World War 1, millions of homesick American soldiers were served  doughnuts by ‘Doughnut Girls’, women volunteers trying to give the soldiers a taste of home.

15. In France, small deep-fried fritters or donuts are called  ‘pets de nonne’ or ‘nun’s farts’!

16. The traditional (and we think correct!) spelling of the tasty treat is ‘doughnut’, but it was the Dunkin Donuts chain than popularized the ‘donut’. Mind you either way, they’re delicious!

17. Wouldn’t you know it; America consumes more than 10 billion doughnuts each year!

18. A jam doughnut has about 252 calories, a sugared ring doughnut has about 200 calories, while a Krispy Kreme salted caramel doughnut has 347 calories.

19. Last year Krispy Kreme made the world’s most expensive doughnut. Adorned by a gilded white chocolate lotus, festooned with edible diamonds, stuffed with Dom Pérignon champagne jelly, and sprinkled with 24 carat gold leaf, it was worth about £1,110 and was out on display in London’s Selfridges store. We’ll take a dozen!


What’s your favourite doughnut flavour? Let us know in the comments below.