Yes my friends, more free food! Today is National Doughnut Day! To celebrate Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts will give away one free donut per customer. At Dunkin Donuts you must by a beverage to receive your donut but at Krispy Kreme it is free, no strings attached, no minimum purchase.
Dunkin’ Donuts also celebrated the National Holiday by announcing the winner of their “Create Dunkin’s Next Donut Contest”. Supposedly 130,000 people entered but the grand prize winner ($12000 and the winner’s donut featured at Dunkin Donuts) was Jeff Hagger from Hoover, AL. His prize winning donut is called “Toffee for your Coffee”. Congrats to him(it should have been me but hey I am no sore looser)!
National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression. This stemmed from WWI when the Salvation Army “lassies” (ladies) were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided morale support to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. The infantrymen were commonly called dough boys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines.
I feel like such a slacker since I did not get to post this until mid afternoon on National Doughnut Day. Usually I am on top of things like this and would have let you all know at least a day in advance. However I am going out of town this weekend and have been very busy getting ready and working a lot this week (so I can afford to travel many miles away and have lots of fun). So maybe you all can still get a free or semi-free donut as an afternoon pick me up (or sugar rush, however you want to look at it)!