National Doughnut Day: 9 things you didn't know about doughnuts

In honor of National Donut Day, we share some fun facts about the sweet treats you probably didn't know.

* In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year. Between 27 locations, Lamar's Donuts produces 17 million donuts per year.

* The US donut industry is worth 3.6 billion dollars.

* The largest donut ever made was an American-style jelly donut weighing 1.7 tons, which was 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high in the center.

* Per capita, Canada has more donuts shops than any other country.

* The hole in the donut's center appeared in the first half of the 19th Century and allows the donut to cook more evenly.

* The Dutch are often credited with bringing donuts to the U.S. with their olykoeks, or oily cakes in the 1800s.

* Adolph Levitt invented the first donut machine in 1920.

* Ray's Original Glazed Donut only has 220 calories, while a bagel and cream cheese averages 450 calories.

* The Guinness World record for donut eating is held by John Haight, who consumed 29 donuts in just over 6 minutes.

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