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. Homer Simpson


    June 1, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. david

    Disgusting. Want a shot of insulin with that?

    June 1, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Polopoint

      Oh wow. What a leap.
      Feel better about yourself?

      June 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fat Cop

    No doughnut. (except for his Harley Hog seat whoopie cushion for hemmeroids)

    June 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sugar Mama

      What is WRONG with you? Huh?

      June 1, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tanya

    you are a bit of a dolt, huh?

    June 1, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sugar Mama

    What??? Might I suggest medication? Do you have a POINT or do you just like the sound of your own words?

    June 1, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • tammy

      what do you thing about it?

      June 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brinza

    I like Honey cruler as well as Mple donuts. But I has to go to Canadia to get them.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. erich2112x

    Yesterday we were talking about banning large sized soft drinks at fast food joints, today it's national doughnut day.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. phaque2

    Mmmmm...fried dough, sugar, and frosting. Happy Friday all!! I am off for an iced coffee and free donut from Dunkin. Methinks if citizens would allow themselves just a few moments of joy in their day (like from this celebrated confection) instead of judgement, America would be a better place?

    June 1, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • 5.2%

      In other words: be a slave to your cravings!

      June 1, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. National Obesity stats

    The avg. American male is almost obese. (BMI 29.5) The avg. American woman is over obese. (31.5 BMI) Not picking on fat women, just observing them even now in line at Wal-Mart. Holy crap lady. You have more cottage cheeze on the backs of your short-shorts exposed legs than in the dairy case.
    I know it's your body, but these are my eyes and my stomach turning at the sight of you.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Sugar Mama

      You ARE a troll! You're the same guy! I'm with phaque2. You need to CHILL!

      June 1, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sugar Mama

    Oh. You're a troll. I see.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rabbit One

    as a doughnut is a kind of poison – and a lack of any nutrition – and a contribution to human diseases – we might as well have a national day for lead paint – which provides a similarly debilitating benefit to our children

    June 1, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • perseus alabaster

      apparently, they've had a debilitating effect on your grammar as well!

      June 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • shipmast

      True, but Doughnuts wont kill you as fast as paint, or will they? Good point.

      June 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. donut_lover

    Would somebody please put a Krispy Kreme in the 2nd largest city in the state of Arkansas (Fort Smith)??? We've never had one, and the best donuts in town can be found in grocery store bakeries. Sad, but true....

    June 1, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • perseus alabaster

      Lol! Saying the second largest city in Arkansas is like saying, the second smartest kid in special ed. Krispy Kreme doesn't care about you!!!

      June 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pgh

    If they make a National Hummus Day or a National Turkey Burger Day or a National Fresh Fruit Day, I'll have a little more hope for humanity...

    June 1, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. John Fields

    sorry. Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme don't appeal to my taste. although Neil's in Wallingford has great donuts, they close before I Get out of work.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Homer

    There's nothing wrong with donut! What's wrong is people over-indulging in them and not exercising. I'm having one right now and it doesn't worry me a bit

    June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
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