Tomorrow Is National Doughnut Day. Here’s Where You Can Get ‘Em for Free

by in Community, News, June 1st, 2017

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Mark your calendars, sugar fiends: Tomorrow is the first Friday of June – better known as National Doughnut Day. In keeping with tradition, some of the nation’s most-popular purveyors of fried dough will be doling out their sweet, pillowy creations for free. But did you know there’s a longer story behind this beloved foodie holiday?

It all started in Chicago back in 1938, when the Salvation Army decided to honor the women who served on the front lines during WWI, providing infantrymen – known as “doughboys” – with coffee and doughnuts. (It’s even said that they fried the doughnuts inside the soldiers’ metal helmets!) What began as a fundraiser for the needy during the Great Depression has since morphed into a larger-scale celebration of delicious fried dough, a cornerstone of the American foodscape.

So tomorrow, as you sink your teeth into some sweet, glazed rings, remember the Doughnut Lassies of 1917 — and don’t forget to share your pics online using #NationalDoughnutDay or #NationalDonutDay!

Dunkin’ Donuts – Nationwide
When: All day
Like last year, Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating National Doughnut Day by giving away one free doughnut per customer with the purchase of any beverage. Guests can choose any kind of doughnut (or “donut,” as the chain calls it) they like. The offer is valid at all participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations nationwide, throughout the entire day on Friday, June 2.

Krispy Kreme – Nationwide
When: All day
Dunkin’ competitor Krispy Kreme has also announced its National Doughnut Day deal for 2017, offering each customer a choice of any free doughnut, no purchase required, at participating locations on Friday, June 2.

Duck Donuts – Multiple Locations
When: All day
Customers will receive one free, made-to-order doughnut of their choice with any purchase. Receipts printed on Friday also will feature a coupon for a free half-dozen doughnuts when you purchase a half-dozen.

Cumberland Farms – Multiple Locations
When: 5 am to 10 am
Buy any hot or iced coffee, Hyperfreeze or fountain drink and you’ll get a free doughnut.

Honey Dew Donuts – New England
When: All day
This New England chain will give you one of its new Coco Loco Donuts for free when you buy any medium size or larger beverage.

Doughnut Plant – Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens
When: All day
Visit any of the NYC shops and receive a free Carnival Sprinkles mini cake doughnut with any purchase.

Not too keen on waiting in line? Celebrate National Doughnut Day with these DIY creations from Food Network instead!

Homemade Glazed Doughnuts
Double Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts
Chocolate Doughnut Holes
Cinnamon Spiced Doughnuts
Ricotta Doughnuts
Everything Doughnut
Brown Butter and Bourbon Maple-Glazed Doughnuts
Southern Buttermilk Bourbon Praline Doughnuts
Doughnut Holes with Caramel Sauce

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