Friday, June 3rd, is National Doughnut Day
and in honor of that...
Krispy Kreme is offering
As their website states:
"Whether it's powdered, filled or a hot Original Glazed®, stop in for a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme. In honor of National Doughnut Day, on Friday, June 3, stop in to any Krispy Kreme US or Canadian location for a FREE doughnut of any variety--including its world famous Original Glazed® doughnut. No purchase necessary."
Now, for those of you that are history buffs or for the homeschooling mom that wants to turn eating amazing doughnuts into a field trip to watch the incredible process of these yummies being made and add a little history lesson in ;-)...
The History Behind National Doughnut Day
"National Doughnut Day started in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago's The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army "Lassies" of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.
Soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of US enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed "huts" that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service. Typically, six staff members per hut would include four female volunteers who could "mother" the boys. These huts were established by The Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers.
About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an "instant hit", and "soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts". Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day: "Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee."
Soon, the women who did this work became known by the servicemen as "Doughnut Girls"."
Krispy Kreme website notes...
"Held annually on the first Friday of June, Doughnut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Doughnut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.
Customers are encouraged to donate to The Salvation Army’s miniature Red Kettles stationed at the registers of participating Krispy Kreme locations. All donations will support the local communities where the donation was made. "
As a side note, if you've never had the experience of watching doughnuts be made at Krispy Kreme's, you really should go experience it at least once! It's a lot of fun to watch. :-)
Okay...I just have to add this little note in as well. For those of us that are trying to watch our weight, you can either go for the gusto and if you're going to spurge, splurge all the way and ENJOY EVERY BITE!!! Or, if you're going to try to be good (or at least as good as you can be and still eat a doughnut ;-)) you will probably want to stick to the original glazed doughnut as it is considerably lower in calories (190 calories verses 290-400 calories). :-)