WASHINGTON — Do you need a little sprinkle of goodness on your Friday? 'Donut' worry about a thing! Dunkin' is offering a free classic doughnut with any drink purchase, just to celebrate National Doughnut Day.
On Friday, June 3, guests can enjoy this special promo throughout the D.C. area. And Maryland and Virginia residents, 'donut be jelly' -- the deal will be offered at Dunkins nationwide.
The national holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. Dunkin' says they have been serving guests their signature doughnuts for more than 70 years.
Most historians believe the Dutch were the first to introduce the modern doughnut to North America in the form of olykoeks, or “oil cakes” as early as the mid-19th century, according to the "8 outlandish donuts" cookbook.
Honestly, who wouldn't like a 'hole' day off for these delicious treats? I have a feeling there could be a 100% chance of sprinkles on National Donut Day this Friday.
National Donut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. In 1917, those women were sent to France to establish field bases near the front lines. Around 250 volunteers found their way overseas and set up small huts near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes and supplies as well as baked goods.
The women persevered, despite finding out that serving these baked goods would be extremely difficult considering the conditions. Two officers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance began frying the doughnuts, which changed the entire idea of how these baked goods would be served, according to the Salvation Army.
Nicknamed the “Donut Lassies,” these special women who served up many many doughnuts to troops are often credited with a 'pretty a-glaze-ing' idea for frying these tasty treats.
Here are some fun and completely random facts about doughnuts, according to the Salvation Army:
- The largest doughnut ever made was an American-style jelly doughnut weighing 1.7 tons. It was 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high.
- There are roughly 200 calories in the average doughnut. But on this day 'donut stop believing' on the calorie count because on National Donut Day, no one keeps track of that!