Today is the first Friday of June, which means it's National Donut Day! As usual, we're celebrating all of the opportunities to pick up free fried dough, with or without purchase. And for those of you wanting to know how we became lucky enough to live in a world in which celebrating donuts is a thing, we've also got the holiday history as well!
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Get Your Free Donuts!
Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free donut with purchase of a beverage, while Krispy Kreme is giving a donut of any variety to every visitor, no purchase necessary! (One per customer, while supplies last, of course.)
Tim Hortons, a fantastic Canadian chain, has thankfully acclimated to our American customs, and will be offering a free donut with any purchase.
Cumberland Farms convenience stores are giving out a free donut with the purchase of any hot or iced coffee or Chill Zone beverage at many of its locations.
We've also seen reports that Winn-Dixie supermarkets and TastyKake snack cakes are having giveaways or contests, but couldn't confirm those with statements on the companies' actual websites or Facebook pages. And several of the above mentioned deals are "at participating locations only" and/or "while supplies last," so be sure to check your local spots.
But you don't even need to leave your house to feel the donut love! Visit Entemann's Facebook page to enter for a chance to win free Entenmann's donuts for a year. While you're there, give them a "like" by June 15, and they will donate $1 to the Salvation Army, the charity behind Donut Day.
Wait, Donut Day is for Charity?
Sure, did you think this was just a silly holiday started by donut chains? (Because we did at first.) National Donut Day has been an official observance since 1938, when it was started by the Salvation Army to recognize their volunteers who had served donuts to soldiers overseas in World War I, and to raise money for the needy. Though the celebrations now revolve around the toroidal sweet, you can still donate your daily donut savings to your favorite charity.
Is it Donut or Doughnut? Who cares!
Last year, our own Jeff Somogyi pointed out that the abbreviated "donut" spelling has actually been around since the 1800s. Doughnut is the original term dating back at least a century earlier, but the shorter version is now five times more prevalent in Google searches, possibly due to the popularity of Dunkin' Donuts. So if you're a spelling originalist, the tide might be turning against you. (Even the Salvation Army has seemingly transitioned the name of the holiday to the new spelling!)
So how will you celebrate National Donut Day this year? Regular or filled? Let us know in the comments section below.