Fact or Fiction: Doughnuts

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Fact or Fiction: Doughnuts
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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.
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Krispy Kreme, which started in 1937, beat Dunkin' to the doughnut biz by 11 years.

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A German immigrant named Adolph Levitt created the first doughnut machine.
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almost fact: Levitt was Russian.
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Adolph Levitt , a Russian living in New York City, invented a doughnut machine in the 1920s to keep up with neighborhood demand for his product.

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There are many more Dunkin' Donuts locations than Krispy Kremes.
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almost fact: Dunkin' Donuts has 50 more locations.
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Dunkin' Donuts has Krispy Kreme beat by a mile on this one. At the end of 2008, there were 8,835 Dunkin' Donuts stores worldwide, as opposed to 360 for Krispy Kreme.

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The original name of Dunkin' Donuts was Copper Kettle.
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almost fact: It was Open Kettle.
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Dunkin' Donuts was founded in 1948 as Open Kettle in Quincy, Mass. Today, there's a Dunkin' Donuts on every single corner in the Boston area. (Just kidding, but it does seem that way sometimes.)

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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.
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Krispy Kreme sells 7.5 million doughnuts a day -- in a week, you'd have enough to reach from NYC to LA.

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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.
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It's a wash. The Dunkin' Donuts glazed donut has 20 more calories than the Krispy Kreme Original Glazed, but 3 fewer fat grams.

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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.
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The chocolate iced custard filled isn't great at 300 calories, but the apple fritter has 380.

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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.
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The blueberry crumb donut has about twice the calories (470) and more fat (14 grams) than most Dunkin' Donut varieties. The French kruller is another killer.

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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.
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Shocking, but true. The glazed donut has 220 calories and 9 grams of fat, while the low-fat muffin packs 450 calories and 10 fat grams. (The regular blueberry muffin has 510 calories and 16 grams of fat.)

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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.
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The regular glazed donut has 100 fewer calories and half the fat grams of the glazed cake donut.

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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.
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Yep, Canadians can devour some doughnuts.

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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.
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Assuming each Original Glazed costs 79 cents, Krispy Kreme rakes in about $1.5 million from them every day.

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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.
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Krispy Kreme goes through a million pounds of sprinkles every year, which is indeed equal to the weight of about 145 elephants.

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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.
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During World War I, the Salvation Army cooked doughnuts in garbage pails and served them to soldiers on bayonets.

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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."
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Although "Berliner" does have two meanings , based on the context, it's pretty clear that Kennedy was not calling himself a jelly doughnut.

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National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday in June.
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almost fact: It's the first Saturday in August.
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June it is. Next time it comes around, head to your local doughnut shop for a freebie!

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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.
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Actually, glazed is almost three times as popular as any other kind of doughnut.

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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.
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Café du Monde has been serving up the square, French-style beignets since 1862.

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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.
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In 2007, as part of the celebration for "The Simpsons Movie" in Sydney, Australia, 90,000 doughnuts were fit together to make the world's largest doughnut.

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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.
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Krispy Kreme really timed its IPO right. Stock prices quadrupled by the end of 2001, and earnings grew 49 percent in 2002.

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