The History of the Doughnut

It all started with the Dutch wondering what to do with leftover scraps of bread dough.  The Germans were dropping theirs in hot oil and making fry-cakes (olie-koecken) but the Dutch took it one step further by shaping them into knots (dough knots) and rolling them in sugar.

The hole in the middle was said to be created in 1847 by Mason Crockett Gregory because he hated his doughnuts having an uncooked centre.  It is also believed that since he was a sea captain he may have gotten the idea of the hole in his travels since most of the Germanic countries already had cookies and cakes with holes in the middle.

The first patent for a doughnut hole cutter however went to John Blondell in 1872 for a wooden version and in 1889 for an improved flute-edged cutter.

Currently you have a choice of yeast doughnuts, which are lighter, or the heavier cake style as well as different shapes, fillings and many, many different flavours.

Canada had the distinction of consuming the most donuts and having the most donut stores per capita.

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