A “Hole” Lotta Fun ‘Cause It’s National Donut Day!

Friday, June 3 is the day every donut lover has been waiting for with National  Donut Day!  But did you know that it was actually started by The Salvation Army as a way to raise both funds and awareness by during the Great Depression about  it’s service programs? It also honors The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies, volunteers who  would serve coffee and donuts to the soldiers at the war front. This tradition continues today as The Salvation Army collects donations for charity.

But First, a Spelling Lesson

doughnut vs donut

Here’s the simple answer.  Originally, doughnuts were just that. “Nuts,” or lumps of dough.  Hence, doughnuts.  According to Dictionary.com, American writer Washington Irving (he of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow fame), was the first to put pen to paper about them with the description being  “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.” An alternative spelling, donnut, shows up as early at 1870 and began appearing in the names bakeries in the 1920’s.  The popularity of the “donut,” variation is often attributed to Dunkin’ Donuts which got its start in 1950. But, whether you spell it donut or doughnut (or even donnut), it’s going to be a great day!

Free Donuts

Stop by Krispy Kreme for your choice of a free doughnut, including the one that started it all, the hot Original Glazed


Get your choice of a free classic donut at Dunkin’ Donuts with purchase of any beverage on June 3, while supplies last
LaMars Donuts is joining forces with The Salvation Army  to take a bite out of childhood hunger.  Get any donut with a hole in it for free by visiting  their website for your Golden Ticket to redeem and  click the donation link for The Salvation Army while you are there


Fred Meyer
Sign in to your Fred Meyer account to download a coupon good for a free donut.  You’ll also find saving on several Dunkin’ Donuts products, too

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local deals and free donuts from your neighborhood shops! Lots of independent shops are doing special fundraising events for The Salvation Army and other charities, so “donut” pass up the opportunity to help out and enjoy one of America’s favorite treats!

Donut Sweepstakes & Discounts

Enter at Entemann’s website to win free donuts for a whole year, as well as other great prizes.  Sweepstakes entries accepted through July 3, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT
Katz Gluten Free is offering this great coupon for use on their website.


As the day draws closer, be sure to check out online coupon locations like Krazy Koupon Lady, Retail Me Not, CouponsGroupon, and Living Social,  for online and local deals by the baker’s dozen!

DIY For National Donut Day

If you don’t want to have to run out to get your donuts before they are all gone, then perhaps making them at home (and imagine surprising everyone with fresh homemade donuts for breakfast, then check out these links and create the donut, or doughnut, of your dreams.

Doughnut Recipes – How to Make Super Easy Doughnuts


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