Any self-respecting doughnut aficionado can tell you that today is National Doughnut Day. They can also tell you that June 5 is National Doughnut Day. And they can also tell you all about the joys of a sugar rush stoked by a couple of maples and a chocolate glazed. But that’s another story.
Yes, there are two official National Doughnut Days, November 5 and the first Friday in June. And why shouldn’t there be? Doughnuts are exalted creatures, things of pure beauty, edible art whose middle leaves a lot to the imagination, and a hair trigger for joyful juvenile squealing on Saturday morning.Related Articles
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So why shouldn’t doughnuts get twice the amount of love each year as, say, a chocolate chip cookie (August 4) or a simple glass of milk (June1)? Find your nearest O-ring outlet and let yourself indulge. Yes, they can be addictive. No, they’re not good for you. But every doughnut-lover must have his or her day.
Here, then, is a nutshell-sized look at this bifurcated national celebration. After all, why have to wait a whole year to dunk?
The June Holiday
Chains like Dunkin’ Donuts and Cumberland Farms traditionally give away doughnuts with the purchase of a drink, while Krispy Kreme just gives them away.
The November Holiday
While many doughnut shops ignore this day in favor of the other one, some outlets, like Krispy Kreme, have given away free doughnuts on this day as well.
A Google search for ”when is national doughnut day?” brings up “Friday, June 7, 2019.”
Yes, November’s pedigree is harder to confirm. A Boston Globe story pulled up this 2013 blog post on the subject: “Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of the November 5th National Doughnut Day,” said the post from the National Day Calendar, a website that tries to get its arms around the gazillions of so-called national holidays out there. “Another website devoted to the same cause, Gone-Ta-Pott.com, had references to the November 5 day as early as 2007,”’ said the Globe, “but also offered no clues to its origin.”
A Google search of ”june national doughnut day” turns up about 3,290,000 results.
The same search for ”november national doughnut day” turns up 2,680,000.
June’s place in doughnut mythology seems much more solid than November’s. This month’s national day honoring the fried rings of sweet yeast-leavened dough may be traced all the way back to the first World War when the Salvation Army dispatched young women nicknamed “doughnut lassies” to the front lines in France. Why? To pump up troop morale with shots of caffein and the sugar high of an orally administered doughnut injection. In 1938, the Salvation Army officially declared the first Friday of each June to be National Doughnut Day in the lassies’ honor.
While researching the origins of this month’s doughnut day, John Bryan Hopkins, the founder …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle