LaMar’s Fun Facts

  • In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.
  • Between our 27 locations, LaMar’s Donuts produces 344,700 donuts per week, which is 17.9 million donuts per year.
  • Our Ray’s Original Glazed Donut only has 220 calories, while a bagel and cream cheese averages 450 calories.
  • LaMar’s Donuts has made Modern Baking magazine’s “Top 50 Largest Foodservice Bakery Operations,” a national ranking of the highest achievers among baking-related restaurant businesses, for three consecutive years.
  • One of the nation’s most popular entertainment and lifestyle Web sites, AOL’s CityGuide, has ranked LaMar’s Donuts fifth in its “America’s Best Donuts Countdown.”
  • Editors at CityGuide explored the country in search of the finest donuts nationwide and discovered that “the [LaMar’s] recipes have withstood the test of time, and it’s the commitment to the basics, like the signature glazed doughnut, that tastes so good.”
  • National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June. In 1917, Salvation Army female volunteers known as “lassies” prepared thousands of fresh donuts to the homesick soldiers that served in France during World War I.
  • National Donut Day was officially established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression.
  • 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 center of the donut 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.