Doughtnut lovers, start your engines! In honor of National Doughnut Day, companies around the country are offering doughnut deals, steals and contests on Friday, June 1:
National Doughnut Day, or National Donut Day – celebrated in the United States, is on the first Friday of June of each year, succeeding the Doughnut event created by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.The holiday celebrates the doughnut. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.
National Doughnut Day started in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.
Soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of US enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed “huts” that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service. Typically, six staff members per hut would include four female volunteers who could “mother” the boys. These huts were established by The Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers.
About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an “instant hit”, and “soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts”. Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day: “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.”
Soon, the women who did this work became known by the servicemen as “Doughnut Girls”.
Doughnut Dollies were women volunteers of the Salvation Army, who traveled to France in 1918 to support US soldiers
A misconception has taken hold that the provision of doughnuts to US enlisted men in World War I is the origin of the term “doughboy” to describe US infantry. But, the term was in use as early as the Mexican-American War of 1846–47.
In Chicago and other cities, National Doughnut Day is still a fundraiser for The Salvation Army. In 2017, the organization joined with Russ’s Market, Super Saver, LaMar’s Donuts, Hurts Donut and Krispy Kreme in Lincoln, Nebraska and Tempe, Arizona to raise funds on National Doughnut Day.
In the Second World War, Red Cross Volunteers also distributed doughnuts, and it became routine to refer to the Red Cross girls as Doughnut Dollies as well.
You may know this company from their Edible Arrangements full of chocolate dipped fruit bouquets, but they just launched a new line of Edible Donuts. These “Donuts” are really fresh apples dipped in chocolate and shaped into a circle with the hole in the middle, and they feature different topping like chocolate glaze, sprinkles, caramelized hazelnut crunch, coconut shavings and almonds. Swing by any Edible storefront to pick up a complimentary treat on Friday.
Stop by any of this New-England-based coffee and donut chain’s locations and receive a free S’Mores donut with the purchase of a medium beverage or larger.
Swing by your nearest location and receive any doughnut on the menu completely complimentary, no purchase necessary.
It’s not free, but the fast food joint is creating its own spin on this holiday with their Whopper Doughnut. The concoction—a Whopper with a hole in the middle—is only available at five locations in Boston, Miami, L.A., New York City and Salt Lake City, and guests will receive the middle cut out as a free slider.
From 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., stop by any location of this convenience store for a free doughnut with the purchase of a Farmhouse Blend or Chill Zone beverage.
In honor of this New York City chain’s newest location opening inside of Grand Central Terminal, each of their shops will be giving away a free mini doughnut with any purchase on Friday. The complimentary treat is inspired by the green celestial mural on Grand Central’s ceiling, so the doughnut will feature a naturally-colored cerulean blue glaze with tiny gold stars.
Visitors will receive one bare, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar donut, no purchase necessary. Customers who visit on June 1 will also receive an exclusive National Donut Day coupon for “Buy One Donut, Get One Free,” redeemable until June 17. Paying homage to the origin of the holiday, the chain will also be delivering free doughnuts to the Salvation Army and other local businesses, schools, police stations, fire departments and more.
Along with welcoming two new daughnut varieties to their limited-edition summer menu (vanilla cake batter and chocolate cake batter), this coffee and donut shop is offering customers a free classic doughnut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. Choose between Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate and Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles.
Purchase a pizza from this nationwide chain and receive an order of free doughnut holes for dessert. A new menu addition, these warm treats are coated in cinnamon sugar and filled with caramel crème. If you aren’t craving pizza on National Donut Day, beginning on June 2, you can use the promo code DONUT to add a complimentary side of these with the purchase of any two pizzas through the app. The pizza chain is also holding a contest for one of their customers an eight-day, seven-night, all-expenses-paid trip for two to New Zealand’s Donut Island, which is shaped like a doughnut. Any customer who orders the new Donut Holes online or via the Papa John’s app between June 2 and June 30 can opt-in to the sweepstakes.
This charitable organization will be partnering with Entenmann’s, to host a series of “Do Good Donut Parties,” where they will serve over 10,000 doughnuts to 8,500 veterans across America. These parties will be alongside other Salvation Army events, including a Donut Eating Championship in Los Angeles and an annual free doughnut celebration in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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At five locations of this fast food chain across Buffalo, NY, Columbus, OH, and Detroit, MI, the first in-restaurant guests on June 1 who ask for “Gold Timbits” will get them for free and win the prize of free doughnuts for a year. Their Timbits are covered in edible 24k gold and dipped in honey.
All retailers nationwise are giving away complimentary whole glazed donuts to customers who enter their store on Friday.
Live in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, or Nebraska? Head to LaMar’s to pick up your free donut on Friday, no purchase necessary.
Wiltshire Pantry recipe for Huber’s apple cider doughnuts
Makes about 12 to 14 doughnuts plus doughnut holes
The Wiltshire Pantry Commissary’s Huber apple cider donuts tossed in cinnamon sugar.
- 2 cups Huber’s apple cider
- 2 ounces butter
- 1 ½ Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced into roughly ½-inch cubes
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 large pinch ground cinnamon
- Cinnamon/Sugar, for tossing doughnuts in after frying
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon each ground cardamom, nutmeg and allspice
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ounces butter, melted and cooled
- Canola oil
In a small saucepan, bring cider to a rapid boil; cook over high heat until reduced by half, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
For the apple filling: In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the apples, brown sugar and pinch of cinnamon. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the liquid reduces to a semi-thick syrup and the apples are al dente tender. Set aside to cool.
For the doughnut dough: Whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices. Add apple mixture and mix until fully blended. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, melted butter and cooled cider; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (dough will be sticky). Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
On a floured surface, roll dough to ½-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 3 ½-inch cutter. Use a roughly 1-inch round cutter to punch out doughnut holes.
Fry doughnuts in canola oil at 350 degrees, a few at a time, until golden brown, two to three minutes on each side. Fry doughnut holes, a few at a time, until golden brown and cooked through, about three to four minutes on each side. Stick a butter knife through the middle of the doughnuts. If done it will come out clean. Drain on paper towels; cool slightly. Toss in cinnamon/sugar or while doughnuts are hot.
Tea Station Chinese Bistro Deep-Fried Sugar Donuts
Makes 12 to 15
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1 package dry yeast
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
- 1 cup warm milk
- 3 ½ cups unbleached flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Vegetable oil
In a medium-sized bowl, pour water over yeast. Stir; add sugar, mixing well. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir in egg, two tablespoons of butter, milk, flour and salt. Mix until dough becomes elastic. Lightly brush additional butter over the top dough. Cover with waxed paper. Drape tea towel over bowl; keep in a warm place for two hours. Refrigerate overnight if time allows.
Punch down dough while it’s in the bowl. Turn out onto a heavily-floured board. Divide in half. Roll to ½-inch thick. Cut with a floured donut cutter. Place donuts, about an inch apart, on well-buttered waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Place the cookie sheet, covered with a tea towel, in a warm place until donuts double in size, about one hour.
In a large pan, heat four inches of vegetable oil until it reaches 365 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Regulating heat to keep it steady, with a spatula, gently place donuts into the hot oil. Turn once; fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.
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