Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy National Doughnut Day!

Today is a glorious holiday - it's National Doughnut Day! While I didn't celebrate this morning (because I forgot), I still want to recognize today because I love breakfast food...and doughnuts. At first, I thought this day was simply another marketing ploy by businesses like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Doughnuts to hand out free food and get people in their stores, but the holiday actually has very noble beginnings.

National Doughnut Day was first celebrated in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago's Salvation Army. The goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor a group of female Salvation Army volunteers - the "doughnut lassies" - who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers. What started as a small celebration in the Windy City has grown into an event celebrated nationwide every year on the first Friday of June.

So if anyone gives you flack for eating a doughnut today, tell them you're actually honoring history and the brave women who traveled to France in 1917 to support our soldiers. That ought to shut them up ;)

Personally, I'm a fan of glazed Old Fashioned doughnuts or Long Johns, but I also enjoy Apple Fritters and good ol' regular cake doughnuts with frosting. What's your favorite?

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