In 1986 Louisiana designated the Beignet (ben-yay) as the official State Doughnut.

The Boston Cream Donut is the Official Donut of Massachusetts (designated in 2003).

Donut Day is the first Friday in June each year.  The first Donut Day was in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army.  It honors the female volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

There are 2 people in the U.S. listed on with the last name 'Doughnut' and another 5 with the last name 'Donut'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)

Q. Which has more calories and fat and why -- a plain sugared doughnut with a hole in the middle, or a round jelly filled doughnut?

North Carolina molecular scientist Robert Bohannon has developed 'Buzz Donuts' and 'Buzzed Bagels'- caffeinated donuts and bagels.  They contain the caffeine equivalent of 2 cups of coffee. (Jan, 2007)

The first Krispy Kreme doughnut was sold on July 13, 1937 in Salem, North Carolina.

The hole in the doughnut has been attributed to the Pennsylvania Dutch who punched holes in the original Dutch 'olykoeks'. The hole has also been attributed  to a New England sea captain, Hanson Gregory, who, in 1847 punched holes in the dough because his mother's doughnuts were not cooked in the center. Neither of them were the first to have thought of the idea though.  Archaeologists have found petrified fried cakes with holes in them in the southwestern U.S. in prehistoric Native American ruins. So doughnuts have been invented more than once.


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