ALPENA, Mich. — Today is National Donut Day and we did some digging and found a few fun facts on how this tasty treat became so popular.
According to mobilecuisine.com, no one really knows when donuts were invented or who invented them. American Hansen Gregory claims he invented the tasty treat in 1847. The hole in the middle came from his dissatisfaction with the texture of this part of the donut. He decided to press a hole in the center using the pepper box from aboard the ship he was sailing.
In the U.S. more than 10 billion doughnuts are made every year and the largest donut ever made was an American style jelly donut. It weighed 1.7 tons, 16 feet in diameter and was 16 inches high.
The last fun fact goes to John Haight who holds The Guinness World Record for doughnut eating. He ate 29 donuts in over 6 minutes.
We can’t forget about the local community’s love for this treat. People in Alpena feel their breakfast is missing a certain sugary snack. Many of our Facebook comments referenced places in Roger’s city as their go to. Some said they miss Dunkin Donuts, Bud’s, and even referenced Knaebe’s as a favorite. AJ’s Berry Farm made the list a couple of times as well.
Maybe next National Donut Day, we’ll be right in the heart of Alpena celebrating the treat’s new home.