How did the delicious doughnut get its start?  One source says in 1920 Russian-born Adolph Levitt created the first doughnut machine in New York city.  He sold the sweet, fried treats from his shop, and by doing so amassed a fortune, refining the machine as time went on.

At the National Museum of American History last July visitors say a wooden pallet, on it was a strange metal contraption that stood about five feet high. It was the Ring King Jr., once America's most advanced automatic doughnut maker and it is now on loan to the Smithsonian.

The Doughnut does have sort of a jumbled past that involves Dutch immigrants, Russian exiles, French bakers and a number of Native Americans. Archaeologists keep turning up fossilized bits of what look like doughnuts in prehistoric Native American settlements.

Regardless of how the tasty treat came to be, I think we call all agree, regardless of calories and sugar, they are delicious.

Happy National Doughnut Day!

For more information go to Smithsonian.com.