National Donut Day is the first Friday in June, but that doesn't mean you can't appreciate this crave-worthy confection year-round. The sweet, doughy, fried and decorated pastries we know and love today have surprisingly mysterious origins. Often attributed to a 19th century baker and her ship captain son (Elizabeth Gregory made the pastry and her son thought of the hole in the middle), these delicious cultural icons have evolved from sailors' rations to decadent specimens of taste.
Did you know more than 3,000 Krispy Kreme donuts are made an hour? Or that Dunkin' Donuts was inducted into the Freedom Fighter Hall of Fame because they originally offered 52 different flavors of donut, as opposed to the traditional four? (They now sell over 70 variations.) Unsurprisingly, the industry that maintains the sugary, fried treat sector means serious business, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.