Here at Hole Lotta Doughnuts, we love doughnuts. We love making them, we love the smells that they give our delightful bakery, and perhaps most of all, we love sharing them with our friends and family in the community. We want to spread a little bit of the doughnut love by sharing with you some delicious factoids that you can ponder while eating one of our tasty treats.
- What’s in a name? Doughnuts have gone by many different names. The early Dutch called them olykoeks, while they have also been called buns, sinkers, gaskets, and perhaps most notably by the French, pets de nonne, which most unfortunately translates to “nuns’ farts.” Yes, you read that right!
- There are more doughnuts made every year than there are people in the United States. There are 327 million people in the United States, but this country manages to churn out 10 BILLION doughnuts every year! Someone is going back for seconds and probably even thirds, but can you blame them?
- There are people lucky enough to have Donut/Doughnut for their name– sweet! While there are only about 10 people in the United States with Doughnut/Donut for a last name, there are more with this tasty treat as their first name. Baby name idea, anyone?
- Some shops offer some wild flavors. Doughnuts have been subjected to some wild and sometimes strange flavor combinations. Hawaiian Poi, wasabi, bubble gum, chicken & waffles, bacon, and even cough medicine have gotten into the mix.
- Boston + Doughnuts = Happy Bostonians. The city of Boston is blessed to have more doughnut shops per person than any other city. This is a wicked smarht plan, Boston.
- Doughnuts play important roles in Hollywood. One doughnut shop in Hollywood, Randy’s Donuts, has been featured in 5 movies! Furthermore, Renee Zellweger credits the delightful doughnut (actually, LOTS of them eaten every day) to help her fit into her role playing the character Bridget Jones.
- Cops & doughnuts go together like peanut butter & jelly. As early as the 1950s, cops looking for a snack to help them power through their night shift have been turning to the doughnut shops, since these were often the only ones open late or early enough to cater to the officer’s odd hours. Seeing a cop with a doughnut is seeing a match made in sweet pastry heaven!
- Doughnuts get their own holiday. Want to celebrate National Doughnut Day? It’s the first Friday of June, so mark those calendars now!
- Doughnuts make history. There are plenty of records involving the doughnut. The largest jelly doughnut weighed 1.7 tons. The most expensive doughnut sells for $100 and is coated with gold leafing, among other things. The doughnut eating record is still in place from 1981– 29 doughnuts in 6 minutes!
We here at Hole Lotta Doughnuts love sharing our doughnuts and other tasty trivia with you. If you have a hankering for a doughnut now, please come in and see us today!