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National Doughnut Day

June 3, 2011

“Holy round pastry, Batman!”

“Yes it is, Robin.”

In the never-ending march of National fill-in-the-blank Days this one ranks right up there as one of my absolute favorites.

My love affair with the circular treat goes back to childhood when my first paying job was selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts door-to-door and hotels in Myrtle Beach.  We were all a little naive in our youthful enthusiasm. I mean who really wants 15 year olds banging on their hotel room door at nine in the morning to sell doughnuts.

Anyway, enough of my poetic waxing…

The Salvation Army in Chicago instituted National Doughnut Day in 1938 to celebrate the women who served doughnuts to American soldiers during World War I.

The Salvation Army’s “doughnut lassies” did not skip a beat and continued their service during the second World War and the doughnut was officially cemented in the American diet. The Salvation Army is providing their original recipe if you would like to replicate the WWI doughnut.

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.

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