Today is National Doughnut Day — and we hope you’ve all remembered to take a moment on this most American of holidays to charge en masse down to Krispy Kreme to gorge on those glossy little Frisbees of pure, unadulterated, joyful fat.
Although you’re probably no longer reading this, frenziedly chomping on the nearest oily pastry you can find, we’ve discovered a few things you may not know about the nation’s favorite guilt-riddled breakfast snack. For example, check out its noble place in history, as female Salvation Army workers who cooked and distributed doughnuts during World War I for homesick American soldiers in France became known as “doughnut girls.” And did you know that the very first doughnut machine was invented in 1920 by a Russian refugee in New York named Adolph Levitt?
Check out Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Doughnuts to find out more about the first “accidental dunk,” how they became a uniquely American staple and why they can be healthier than bagels.
And for all those haters refusing to join in the doughnut-based revelry: Five Doughnuts We Hate.
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