As we come together to celebrate our 100th anniversary, Belshaw presents our all-time favorite donut facts, quotes, and historical achievements that make us proud to be the #1 source for donut equipment.
Timeline of Events
Donut glaze over 100 years of success. With over a century of experience under our belts, Belshaw’s contributions to the donut industry continue to support artisan donut shops, wholesale bakeries, franchise chains, and more.
In honor of Belshaw’s 100-year anniversary, the team compiled our favorite donut facts and quotes of all time. From uncovering Belshaw’s historical achievements to reflecting on the many donut origin stories, we’ve sprinkled our top choices below.
Thomas E. Belshaw’s name appears on many patents and in the American Society of Baking’s Hall of Fame
Belshaw was featured on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped,” highlighting how every major donut chain, from Krispy Kreme to Dunkin’ Donuts uses Belshaw equipment
At the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, Belshaw’s Donut Robot® made a splash
Donut Origin Stories
The origin of the doughnut is unknown, though different nationalities have had their own version of the treat throughout history.
Most of the colonists who brought the donut over to America don’t know who actually “did it” first. Washington Irving said it was the Dutch.
The Dutch are reputed to have had the first donut shop in the New World.
“Doughnut” is the more traditional spelling, although its shortened form, “donut,” is also acceptable. The shortened “donut” has been around since the late 1800s.
Everything You Want to Know About Donuts
The Oxford English Dictionary and many other dictionaries say that a doughnut is a small cake sweetened and fried in oil
The donut has served as a national symbol through wars, hot and cold, and the Great Depression
The donut has survived the onslaught of trendy pastry options since 1809
Donuts are America’s #1 baked dessert, and in the bakery, they’re second only to bread
There was a Donut Tower at the first World’s Fair in 1851
In the 1930s, a dozen donuts in wax paper cost 15 cents
Before the first donut machine, donuts were made by hand in a frying pan or over a pot of oil
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt had an All-American diet and ate donuts for coffee and tea time
Unique Flavor Donut Craze
Sweet & Savory: Chicken & Waffles, Maple Bacon, Caramel Sea Salt
Herbal: Rosemary Olive Oil, Lavender Honey, Matcha Green Tea