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National Doughnut Day

Fulfill your sweet cravings this November with National Doughnut Day. Be it filled, sprinkled, cider, caramel, or glazed, donuts are many people’s favorites. Read on to know more about the sweet day!

When is National Doughnut Day?

National Doughnut Day is celebrated on November 5 every year.

National Donut Day.


To enhance your knowledge about National Doughnut Day, read the frequently asked questions and fun facts below.

When were doughnuts invented?

Settlers from the English country of Hertfordshire are likely the inventors of doughnuts. They brought along a recipe of yeast-raised “Hertfordshire Nuts,” also called “dow nuts.” This dates back to a 1750 cookbook, and the word donuts in a manuscript came along in around 1800.

Where did the “nut” in the word doughnuts come from?

There were no holes in the authentic pastries, and they were instead the size and shape of walnuts, hence the name.

How did the idea of holes in doughnuts come along?

Upon cake doughnuts becoming popular in the 1830s, the cooks figured out that they cooked better if the middle was poked out.

How do I celebrate the day?

You can buy a box of Krispy Kremes and indulge in your favorite flavors. Or, you can celebrate the charitable spirit of the day to fruition by raising funds for the Salvation Army.

You can share doughnuts with your close friends. As well as that, you can spread the word online, celebrating your favorite bakery.

Fun Facts About Doughnuts

In America, over 10 billion doughnuts are produced every year.

In Canada, only 1 billion doughnuts are made in the same amount of time. Nevertheless, due to its low population, this is more per capita than any other country globally.

The first writer to ever describe doughnuts in print was Washington Irving.

Coated with Pepto Bismol or NyQuil, Voodoo Doughnut is used to sell “medicinal doughnuts.”

Spudnuts used to make their doughnuts’ dough out of potatoes instead of flour.

To gain weight for her character in Bridget Jone’s sequel, Renée Zellweger used to eat 20 doughnuts every day.

The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair gave donuts the title of “Hit Food of the Century of Progress” (going along the fair’s billing as “A Century of Progress”).

In It Happened One Night, Clark Gable set out the rules for dunking doughnuts correctly.

Salvation Army workers used to bring donuts and coffee in the trenches of France to cheer up the soldiers during WW2. This would also help remind the soldiers of their homes.

Although countries have developed their own versions of doughnuts, the Dutch brought it to America. They brought in fried pastry during the Revolutionary War, which they initially called olykoeks, meaning “oily cakes.”

In the 1940s and 1950s, doughnut shops used to open early and even welcomed cops before opening hours for protection. This allowed them snacks during graveyard shifts, leading to the police habit of coffee and doughnuts.

The American Doughnut Corporation invented cider doughnuts in 1951. They came out as an autumn marketing gimmick, and people dunk donuts in cider. It wasn’t part of the recipe itself.

There are actually two National Donut Days. The other is the first Friday of June.

How Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Are Made Video

Doughnut Jokes

What’s a doughnut’s favorite lullaby?
“Sprinkle, Sprinkle Little Star.”

What do you call a cute doughnut?

What’s a basketball player’s favorite doughnut shop?
Dunkin’ Donuts.

Why do doughnuts make terrible teachers?
They’re always glazing over the important stuff.

What do you get when you cross Frosty with a baker?
Frosty the Dough-Man!

Why did the doughnut go to the dentist?
To get a filling.

Where’s a doughnut’s favorite vacation spot?
The Sahara dessert!

Why did the baker quit making doughnuts?
Because he was fed up with the hole business!

What is the best way to have a well-rounded diet?
Eat doughnuts.

What’s the best thing to put in a doughnut?
Your teeth.

What kind of doughnuts can fly?
The plain ones.


Why did the doughnut go to the doctor?
He was feeling crumby.

Why couldn’t the teddy bear finish his doughnut?
He was stuffed!

How did the strawberry doughnut feel after dinner?

Why do doughnuts hate puns so much?
They donut like to joke around!

What are strange doughnuts made out of?

How can you spot a fashionista donut?
They’re into all the latest glazes.

How does Bob Marley like his donuts?
With jam in.


You’ve got a lovely sprinkle in your eye.

I get the same flavor every day. I think I’m stuck in a bit of a do-rut!

Don’t worry; it’s just sprinkling outside.

Get ready for some good ol’ hole-some fun.

I absolutely a-dough you.

Not too much frosting, I sprink-le we should just stick with glaze.

Never insult a doughnut. Some of them have fillings.

I took my doughnut back to the shop the other day because it had a hole in it.

Just hole on a second, I want to stop and pick up some doughnuts!

I eat a doughnut every day. But slowly, I’m getting tired of the hole thing.

If a doughnut had a window, would it be double glazed?

Quotes about Doughnuts

With a doughnut in each hand, anything is possible.
Jameela Jamil

The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist sees the hole.
Oscar Wilde

Be sweet and honest always, but for God’s sake, don’t eat my doughnuts!
Emma Bunton

That’s my favorite food group: doughnuts. I love doughnuts.
Laura Linney

Doughnuts. Is there anything they can’t do?
Matt Groening

Embrace the grease, if any, and look fresh and human. I like to look like a glazed doughnut.
Paloma Elsesser

If you stop eating doughnuts, you will live 3 years longer. It’s just 3 more years that you want a doughnut.
Lewis Black

I owe it all to little chocolate doughnuts.
John Belushi

Sure, beauty has the power to excite men. But so does a box of doughnuts.
Susan Jane Gilman

Doughnuts are my love language.

I’ve always loved doughnuts. I can’t go near one or eat one because then I’m just done for. I always want more.
Linda Cardellini

I’m not going to work in a place where I can’t eat doughnuts.
Kristen Ashley

Life is short; eat more doughnuts!
Amanda Hugenkiss

Funny Doughnut Quotes

I eat doughnuts three times a day.
Britt Robertson

All you need is love and doughnuts.
Hugh Raye

I don’t care about the weight. You know, I’m lucky; I’m one of those people – I can eat doughnuts, whatever, and I just get fat.
Louis C. K.

Doughnuts are like people. They come in different sizes. If only they had sprinkles.

Doughnuts are cheaper than therapy.

You need to understand the difference between want and need. Like I want abs, but I need doughnuts.

Everything is better with doughnuts.

I’d rather get a hot dog or a doughnut than write a song.
John Prine

Captions For Instagram

All we need is love and doughnuts!

Sprinkles are just glitter for food!

Watch the doughnut, not the hole.

Always say “yes” to doughnuts.

Powered by doughnuts!

I go nuts for doughnuts!

You are just so a-dough-rable.

Donut mind if I do!

Let’s go glaze-y!

The doughnut squad is here!

Love at first bite.

I’m just a girl standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a doughnut.

Funny Captions

Doughnuts don’t judge.

Glazed, sprinkled, frosted, filled.

Donut ever give up.

I love y’all, but I love doughnuts more.

Eat more hole foods!

Life is short; eat more doughnuts.

You drive me glazy.

Making today special.

Will bike for donut.

Donut disturb!







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