Food holidays are some of the most exciting days of the year, if only because they usually mean the ability to score tasty freebies. One of our personal favorites is National Donut Day, and it's finally here! We've gathered up all the places you can visit in order to score the maximum amount of these tasty pastries for free.
Donut Day Isn't Just Another Food Holiday
The Donut Day in June (yes, there's another in November) is the one with a historic background. Chicago's branch of the Salvation Army began National Doughnut Day in 1938, as a fundraiser. Initially, they wanted to not only help the needy during the Great Depression, but also to honor the Salvation Army "Lassies," who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
Doughnut vs. Donut: Which One Is Right?
If "donut" makes your eye twitch uncontrollably, and you've gleefully been correcting your friends, we've got bad news for you. Both versions of the word are acceptable. "Donut" is listed as a variant spelling of "doughnut." The "donut" variant has been around since the 1800s, and was likely popularized by the national chain Dunkin' Donuts.
Enough Is Enough, Give Me Donuts!
Krispy Kreme will give you a treat with no strings attached for National Donut Day. Stop in at any location, US or Canadian, and receive a free doughnut of any kind. Whether you prefer powdered, filled, or just an Original Glazed, you can score one completely free, no purchase necessary. The only problem? It's not valid in Connecticut. (Sorry Connecticut readers!)
Bag a free classic donut of your choice (excludes Fancies, Squares, and Croissant Donuts) while supplies last with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide. This special offer is also available in participating restaurants around the world. (Tim Hortons tends to have similar deals.)
Additionally, the chain of Cumberland Farms convenience stores will be offering a free donut with purchase of a coffee or Chill Zone beverage. However, this offer is only good from 5 am to 10 am EDT and is only valid at new concept stores.
Once again, Entenmann's is hosting a giveaway where ten winners will receive free doughnuts for a year. On top of that, the company will donate $1 to the Salvation Army, up to $35,000, for every contest entry they receive.
Readers, how are you going to celebrate National Donut Day? Do you prefer classic glazed, jelly-filled, or simple cake? Are you going to bag goodies from stores, or do you prefer to make your own? Sound off on all things donut in the comments below!