June 7, 2013, is national doughnut day. Started by the Salvation Army on June 7, 1938, National Doughnut Day was originally a means by which to raise money for charitable efforts during the Great Depression.
The sweet holiday specifically honored female volunteers in World War I, commonly referred to as “lassies,” who provided logistical support to the troops on the front lines, serving them hot food and of course doughnuts to keep up morale. Flash forward to 2013 and we no longer have “lassies” providing doughnuts to boost morale on the front lines, but doughnut retailers across the country have taken this day as a way to give out free doughnut samples and entice us to enjoy more of their sugary goodness.
At Dunkin’ Donuts, customers will receive a free doughnut with any beverage purchase. The chain’s much-buzzed about Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich also makes it debut on the permanent menu at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants today. The 360-calorie sandwich features bacon and a pepper fried egg on a glazed yeast ring donut. (If you try one, let us know what you think in the comments!)
The chain is offering a free doughnut with any purchase on Friday, but be sure to print this Facebook coupon and bring it with you to redeem the deal.
LaMar’s is giving away one free doughnut per person with no purchase necessary. Plus, a portion of this week’s sales are being donated to The Salvation Army to the Oklahoma tornado relief effort. (Eat well and do good!)
For the third year in a row, Entenmann’s will donate $1 to the Salvation Army for every new “Like” on the company’s Facebook page through June 15, up to $30,000. Click here to check it out. You can also enter for a chance to win free Entenmann’s doughnuts for a year.
Be sure to check your local and regional doughnut shops for more special promotions and fried freebies. Click here for more information. And don’t forget to be social. Pick up a box of doughnuts for co-workers and friends and post about it with the hashtag, #ndd13 and #donut.