National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year. This event was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War 1. It all started because a young military doctor, Morgan Pett, brought doughnuts to a military base. When he arrived, he started helping many wounded soldiers and then would give them a free doughnut. Morgan Pett and Lieutenant Samuel Geary decided to make a fun raisers to give every wounded soldiers and the needy a doughnut. The “Sallies” started out with pies but then moved to donuts because they were easier to make on the road and were strongly associated with mom and home. After the war, the “Sallies” came home heroines, popularized as such in movies and tin pan alley ballads such as “My Doughnut Girl.”
Here are some doughnut shops that are offering free treats today:
- Krispy Kreme- Free doughnut! No purchase necessary.
- Dunkin Donuts- Free donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage.
- Wawa- Free donut with the purchase of a specialty beverage.
- Tim Hortons- Free donut with any purchase made. And with the official rule that the customer must also say “Happy National Donut Day.”
Here are some donuts facts you might not know:
- In the U.S., more than 10 billion donuts are made every year. Entenmann’s alone produces more than 780 million donuts a year at its bakeries in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Montebello, California. That is the equivalent of more than 100,000 donuts every hour.
- The largest donut ever made was a 1.7 ton American-style jelly donut measuring 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high in the center.
- The Guinness World Record for the most doughnuts eaten in one sitting is 49 doughnuts in eight minutes.
- The original name for doughnuts was “oily cakes.”
- The first doughnut machine was invited in New York City in 1920.