Doughnuts are thought to have originated in 16th century Holland.They were cooked in oil, and were so greasy that the Dutch called them "oily cakes".
The Pilgrims brought them when they came to America.Their version: a round doughty ball about the size of a nut, hence the name doughnut.
Today, in the U.S alone, over 10 billlion doughnuts are made every year.
The largest doughnut ever was an American style jelly doughnut, made in Utica, NY in 1993. It weighed 1.7 tons and measured 16 feet in diameter.
John Haight holds the Guinness World Record for doughnut eating set back in 1981 an astounding 29 doughnuts in just over six minutes!