Established in 1938, National Doughnut Day was created by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor females who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers. This fattening holiday has been celebrated every first Friday of June nationwide for 75 years. The name of these ladies, you ask? "Donut lassies." And the guys were dubbed "Doughboys." Needless to say, we're all about preserving traditions, especially those with food.
What's a holiday without some gifts? Here's a roundup of spots offering free and discounted doughnuts on National Doughnut Day — and even one local spot offering the chance to win free doughnuts for a year.
Dunkin’ Donuts, all locations
Carb-loading guests for 65 years, Dunkin' Donuts will give one free doughnut with a purchase of a coffee drink.
Krispy Kreme, all locations
Stop in to any Krispy Kreme location — pretty much anywhere in the world including Canada, Japan, even the Philippines, but not Connecticut; sorry, Nutmeggers — for one free doughnut of absolutely any flavor, no purchase necessary.
Winn-Dixie, all locations
Winn-Dixie will be giving out free powdered doughnut holes to contribute to the holiday. There will be one doughnut hole per guest, per store visit, so feel free to go Winn-Dixie-hopping to get all the doughnut holes possible.
Jupiter Donut Factory, two locations: 141 Center St., Jupiter; call 561-741-5290. 1115 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; call 561-792-5001.
Jupiter Donut Factory is allowing guests to get one free doughnut. This omits specialty doughnuts, but we won’t judge you if you buy one of those as well. Custom flavors include the red velvet "devil" doughnut as well as the Pebbles doughnut.
Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee, 107 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Visit rhinodoughnuts.com.
Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee will allow customers to get one sprinkle doughnut for free when they order one item off the menu. Choose from peanut butter and jelly, s'mores, Key lime margarita, and more. Please note that it’s only one per customer/order, so this promotion will not count for multiple orders.
YoNutz Gourmet Donuts & Soft Serve, 121 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. Call 954-846-1115, or visityonutzfl.com.
Known for its eclectic flavors such as guava and cheese, sea salt caramel, white chocolate toasted coconut, strawberry cheesecake, and more, YoNutz is definitely a place where you want to consider grabbing a discounted doughnut. Customers will be able to enjoy these awesomely weird flavors for 10 percent off this Friday. In addition, YoNutz will do a drawing for one lucky winner to win doughnuts for a year.
Pac Pastries Food Truck, pop-up at BC Cafe, at 4801 S. University Drive, Davie. Visit pacpastry.com.
You may not realize this, but it is possible to indulge in healthy doughnuts. Thanks to Pac Pasties, you can scarf down some gluten-free and vegan "hole-y" treats twice as much. Pac's deal includes buy one doughnut, get the other one half-off. Also, if you order ahead, you can get a dozen for $27 (it usually comes out to over $30).