National donut day
June 1st, 2012
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There's a hole lotta happy going on. The first Friday in June is National Donut Day!

Started by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938, the day honors the Army’s ‘Donut Lassies’ who served treats and provided assistance to soldiers on the front lines during World War 1. (And this isn't to be confused with National Doughnut Day, which is in November and celebrates the actual food.)

Doughnuts have been around since long before the First World War, and we have the Dutch to thank for them. The Dutch would make "olykoek," which translates to oily cake. The first Dutch doughnuts didn’t have a hole, but they were fried in hot oil and the dough was sweet.

It wasn’t until 1847 that then 16-year-old Hanson Gregory claims he created the holed-out doughnut we know and love today. Sick of doughnuts with a raw center, he used a pepper pot to punch out holes to help his doughnuts cook more evenly. By 1920, Adolph Levitt, a Russian living in New York, had invented a doughnut machine. Thirteen years later, doughnuts were proclaimed the “Hit Food of the Century of Progress” by the World’s Fair in Chicago.

This fried confection comes in so many flavors you’re sure to find one you love. What’s your favorite type and equally importantly - how do you spell it, and what do you drink with it?

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  1. John

    Could go for a donut right now! Something like this: Yum

    June 4, 2012 at 3:58 am |
  2. collins

    How cool is it. cannot get any better. unless there are deliveries like pizzas.

    June 2, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Mark Glicker

      Donuts are ok but soft drinks are not?

      June 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
      • Bill Cosby


        June 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  3. Dave NY USA

    National Donut Day: This is a cop's Christmas.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  4. Moxie Man

    Can't find my favorite or second favorite anymore. They aren't produced anymore:
    The original Dunkin'Donut, which was a spice plain donut/doughnut (we use both spellings up this way) with a handle.
    A local, long-gone bakery's squash donut/doughnut was #2.
    Currently available favorite: Tim Horton's Canadian Maple.

    June 1, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  5. MannIe

    I didn't know this holiday had such a lengthy history. Glad to know that my diabetes inducing diet has a purpose. WOO HOO Nat. Doughnut Day!!!

    June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  6. CapeDan

    America, where even the obese people get their own holiday...

    June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Truth™

      Why don't you go pound rock salt somewhere.

      June 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • Feanor1

        I think food snobs like this only pound organic, free-range, locally sourced, cruetly free sea salt. Rock salt? what are you, some kind of Neanderthal?

        June 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Mary Shannon

      But yet stupid exists without a holiday.

      June 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  7. Giselle

    I'm trying not to avoid National Donut day without screwing up my diet. This article has some good tips to help me.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  8. Michael D

    There is only one true way spell it, and that's "doughnut". Dunkin' took a shortcut on the spelling and now everyone thinks it's "donut". No wonder I like Krispy Kreme better.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • BenThair

      LOL...ironic – Crispy Cream

      June 1, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  9. RichardHead

    At least we will know where to find a cop if we need one today.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:10 am |
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