Colleen McCarthy-Ferreira, Producer, BNN.ca
7:00 AM, E.T. | June 7, 2013Retail
Happy Doughnut Day! In 1938, the Chicago Salvation Army established National Doughnut Day to raise money during the Great Depression. Now 75 years later, doughnuts are bigger business than ever. The U.S. doughnut industry is worth an estimated $3.6 billion US, and nobody seems to love doughnuts more than Canadians!
Doughnut fun facts
- National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June.
- More than 10 billion doughnuts are made every year in the U.S. alone.
- Per capita, Canada has more doughnut shops than any other country.
- The largest doughnut ever made was a 1.7 ton jelly doughnut, which was 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high in the center.
- Adolph Levitt invented the first doughnut machine in 1920.
- The Dutch are credited with bringing doughnuts to North America with their olykoeks, or oily cakes in the 1800s.
- The Guinness World record for doughnut eating is held by John Haight, who ate 29 doughnuts in just over 6 minutes.
Source: LaMar's Donuts, www.lamars.com