If you love beer, donuts, and looking smart in front of your friends, here are some dubious facts about donuts to take with you to Donut Fest.
Where Did Donuts Come From?
Hertfordshire Nuts, as they were originally called, can be dated back to 1750. Hertfordshire appears to be the English county the recipe originated from, and the tradition was continued in New England by early settlers.
Where’d the “Nut” Come From?
Early donut recipes did not look the same as we’re used to seeing today. The “nut” in the name refers to the approximate size and shape of the original recipe, which was similar to that of a walnut.
Why Did the Shape of Donuts Change?
As recipes evolved over the years, bakers found the donuts would cook more evenly with a hole poked in the middle. It was around this time that donut holes were also discovered to limit waste. Today’s donut-making machines automatically make the donut shape without having to cut out the center. Donut holes are now made separately due to popular demand.
Where is The Donut Capital?
Boston has the most donut shops per capita in the United States, while Canada holds the title for most donut places per capita in the world.
Donuts in Wartime
During World War I, Salvation Army volunteers served donuts and coffee to soldiers on the front lines. During World War II, the American Red Cross outfitted trucks to make and deliver donuts to soldiers to continue the morale-boosting tradition.