In light of today’s circumstances a lot of shops including Krispy Kreme have decided to extend national donut day to a week long celebration of these treats.

Krispy Kreme Free donuts
Krispy Kreme

Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day.  This day, June 5 2020, celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

Dunkin
Dunkin

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe.  Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

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The Easy Baked Donut Cookbook: 60 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Your Oven and Mini Donut Maker Kindle Edition

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The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers.  American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”  A more standard spelling is donut.

Cafe Dumond French Style Doughnuts
French Donuts

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HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate the day by enjoying your favorite doughnut.  Use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay when using social media.

Wilton Non-Stick 6-Cavity Donut Baking Pans, 2-Count

by Wilton
Wilton Non-Stick 6-Cavity Donut Baking Pans, 2-Count

by Wilton

HISTORY

National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I.  This day began as a fund-raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army.  The goal of their 1938 fund-raiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.

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