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Fact or Fiction: Doughnuts
by Staff
You say doughnut, I say donut. However you spell it, there aren't too many people who would turn down one of these tasty treats, whether you're a Dunkin' Donuts fan or you're firmly positioned in the Krispy Kreme camp. But do you know what type of doughnut to choose if you're counting calories -- or should you just get a low-fat muffin instead? The answers might surprise you.

Krispy Kreme has been around longer than Dunkin' Donuts.

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  • almost fact: They were both founded in 1942.

A German immigrant named Adolph Levitt created the first doughnut machine.

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  • almost fact: Levitt was Russian.

There are many more Dunkin' Donuts locations than Krispy Kremes.

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  • almost fact: Dunkin' Donuts has 50 more locations.

The original name of Dunkin' Donuts was Copper Kettle.

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  • almost fact: It was Open Kettle.

Krispy Kreme produces enough doughnuts in a week to stretch from New York City to Denver.

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  • almost fact: Nope, you could drive all the way to Los Angeles on that doughnut road.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are a little healthier than Dunkin' Donuts.

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  • almost fact: They're actually a lot healther -- like 100 fewer calories per doughnut.

If you're at Krispy Kreme, the chocolate iced custard filled doughnut is the one to steer clear of in terms of calories.

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  • almost fact: The biggest calorie-bomb is the apple fritter.

If you're counting calories but really want a Dunkin' Donut, avoid the blueberry cake donut at all costs.

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  • almost fact: Beware the blueberry crumb donut.

The Dunkin' Donuts glazed donut is actually a healthier choice than the low-fat blueberry muffin.

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  • The donut has less fat and calories than the regular blueberry muffin, but not the low-fat version.

If you're trying to be "healthy" at Dunkin' Donuts and can't decide between the glazed donut and glazed cake donut, pick the glazed cake donut.

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  • It doesn't matter -- they're about the same.

Canadians consume the most doughnuts per capita, and Canada has the most doughnut stores per capita.

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  • almost fact: It's actually India.

Krispy Kreme makes more than $1 million a day from the sale of Original Glazed doughnuts alone.

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  • almost fact: It's more like $3 million a day.

Krispy Kreme uses the equivalent of 145 elephants in doughnut sprinkles every year.

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  • almost fact: It's actually only 100 elephants.

Doughnuts became popular in the United States after soldiers ate them during World War II.

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  • almost fact: It was World War I.

When President John F. Kennedy tried to say "I am a Berliner" in German in front of the Berlin Wall in 1963, he said "I am a jelly doughnut" by mistake.

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  • almost fact: It wasn't a doughnut -- "Ich bein ein Berliner" can mean "I am a roast beef sandwich" or "I am a Berliner."

National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday in June.

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  • almost fact: It's the first Saturday in August.

The glazed doughnut is twice as popular as any other type of doughnut.

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  • almost fact: Glazed is just barely more popular than chocolate glazed.

Café du Monde in New Orleans is famous for serving a doughnut variation called the baynette.

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  • almost fact: It's called a beignet.

The largest doughnut ever made was actually created from 90,000 individual doughnuts.

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  • almost fact: It took "only" 50,000 doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts went public in 2000 and had doubled its stock price by the end of 2001.

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  • almost fact: The stock price quadrupled.