The definitive origin of the doughnut is unclear, but in Charlottesville, Va, they’ve been cooking up delicious donuts at Spudnuts since the late 1960’s.
At one time, Spudnuts was the largest doughnut chain in the United States, now only a few independently operated shops remain. We enjoyed the food and friendly folks at Spudnuts in Charlottesville.
Doughnut Fun Facts:
–At one time, Spudnuts was the largest donut chain in the United States
–Since 1982, the first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day
–The largest doughnut on record weighed 1.7 tons and was 16 feet in diameter (and it was a jelly donut, too)
–According to Merriam-Webster, “doughnut” and “donut” are both acceptable spellings for doughnuts (or donuts)
–Americans eat more than 10 billion doughnuts every year
–The 1st automated donut-making machine was invented in 1920 in New York City (it was featured at the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago)
–During World War I, female Salvation Army workers handed out donuts to soldiers and became known as “Doughnut Girls”
–generally speaking, donuts have fewer calories than bagels or croissants