It's National Doughnut Day
June 1st, 2012
09:02 AM ET

It's National Doughnut Day

Friday is the day America celebrates the doughnut.

National Doughnut Day originated with the The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 as a salute to the women who served doughnuts to U.S. soldiers during World War I.

The Salvation Army's "doughnut lassies" continued that service during World War II and cemented the doughnut's place in the American diet. If you want to try to duplicate the doughnut lassies' work in your kitchen today, The Salvation Army is providing their original recipe.

If you're not in the mood to celebrate National Doughnut Day in the kitchen, try heading down to your local Krispy Kreme or Dunkin' Donuts.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut to all customers at participating locations.

At participating Dunkin' Donuts, customers will get a free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage.

More for your snacking pleasure:

A glazed primer on National Doughnut Day

What to drink with your doughnuts

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  1. dazzle ©

    I will take a pass on doughnuts.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. 2nd Hand Obesity

    From the way our nationwide obesity epidemic has now spread to our children, it's been National Donut Decade, not 'day'.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. zaphed

    wow.. I am ready to puke.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spirit

    No one's forced to participate in doughnut day... don't blame the food, blame the people. c:

    June 1, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. USA401

    Thats it im going to Dunks.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Grade

    Yeah its funny how people are so hostile to donuts, when its people's lack of self control that is contributing to this epidemic.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. homer simpson

    mmmmmm Donuts.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. doug

    Looks good, just waiting for Michelle Obama and Bloomburg to let me know if I'm allowed to have one.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle and Bloomberg

      Go ahead – enjoy.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. liberal disease

    I hope Bloomberg doesn't read this!

    June 1, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    I love donuts and I will not lie had 2 last week. Moderation is the key. I cannot remember how long before that though. But when I do, I enjoy the heck out of em'. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Donuts.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. RetiredVet

    Something else for Bloomberg / Obama to ban.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. gotta have one

    mmm yin yang at dunkin is great

    June 1, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wake Up America

    Yes, personal responsibility and choice are important but do we really need blatant advertising like this to herd the sheep into the doughnut shops? Your reasoning suggests that it's also OK to have more cigarette advertisements or liquor? People should just choose not to smoke or drink vodka. Wake up. There would be no Madison Ave. and billions of dollars spent on advertising if it didn't work. Bottom line, all this does is help perpetuate a toxic food culture that is ravishing our nation. Look around you...see all the fat people? Let's spend the advertising dollars on eating healthy so people know how to make the right choices.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • nutz

      With or without this advertising and it being donut day – I just happened to get some donuts today. It put a smile on me and my kid's faces. Its the little things in life man.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • What in the world is going on ?

      Donuts are good for you............ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @What- Bread and cereal group?lol

      June 1, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Can

      & while I read your comment I enjoy my Strawberry Frosted Donut.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Huebert

      But I love doughnuts.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • mrsmass

      i guess if they were your advertising dollars, then you could tell companies how to use the money.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Can- I guess the requirement of fruits, bread and cereal in your

      June 1, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • tua07485

      WOW, we are already fed advertising through 99% of what CNN provides us with. Now CNN is directly trying to tell us what to buy and eat through shameless advertising? Oh wait, I can just boycott CNN for good. I will from now on get my news from independent small news providers or from my beloved NPR. Why the hell do I even bother with this corporate propaganda machine. I am out.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      @wake up, unfortunately because the federal government subsidizes the junk food industry ( via corn) it is more cost effective to buy junk. Call you congress person and tell them to vote to end corn subsidies and healthy foods will become more appealing. High fructose corn syrup is a cheap and effective poison.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      People stay away from the doughnuts! Walk away from the doughnut shop walk away!

      June 1, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. tomorrow

    is chocolate fudge day and sunday is hot fudge sundae day.....

    June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Gavin

    How ironic... today is my mother-in-laws memorial service and she requested that we serve donuts or in her case "Danish" to those who attended.....!

    June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • mmmm good

      Must have been a lovely lady to be so where is the service?

      June 1, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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