While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Not to be wholly confused with National Donut Day, November 5 is National Doughnut Day.
The day in June celebrates the "Donut Lassies" who worked for the Salvation Army during World War I distributing doughnuts to American soldiers in France. Today’s day celebrates the actual foodstuff.
Doughnuts have been around since long before the First World War, and we have the Dutch to thank for them. The Dutch would make "olykoek," which translates to oily cake. The first Dutch doughnuts didn’t have a hole, but they were fried in hot oil and the dough was sweet.
We’ve come a long way since then. There are doughnut glazes, fillings and toppings galore. In 2011 alone, more than 200 million doughnuts were sold in the United States.
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