Today we celebrate National Donut Day and who can resist a glazed donut? Or any donut for that matter. We can thank the Dutch nation for these delicious treats that date back to the 1800’s. The Dutch called them “olykoeks” which translates to “oily cakes”. The first versions were simply made up of fried dough, omitting their now characteristic shape with a missing centre.
The origins of National Donut Day are traced to The Salvation Army’s involvement in World War I. During this time, a group of volunteers was dispatched to the frontlines with the mission of providing comforting meals for the troops.
They soon found out that donuts were an effective way to provide food while navigating the difficulties of cooking in very dire circumstances. In 1938 “Donut Day” was established as a way to honor the members of the Salvation Army that came to the aid of soldiers during World War I.
Today, Entenmann’s doughnut bakery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is the largest doughnut bakery in the United States. Entenmann’s — which churns out 100,000 doughnuts every hour, 15 million every week, 780 million every year — has made more than 4 billion doughnuts. That’s enough to circle Earth nearly nine times, if you laid them end to end.
That’s a lot of donuts! What’s your favourite flavour; glazed, powder sugar coated, chocolate icing dipped or stuffed with jam? The options are endless and all delicious. Make sure you have one today! .