This Friday, June 3, is National Donut Day—another holiday apparently invented to give us an excuse to binge on our favorite bad-for-you treats. But actually, National Donut Day—celebrated on the first Friday in June–was created in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army to commemorate women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Sweet, no?
Dunkin’ Donuts is getting in on the action by offering customers a free donut of their choice with the purchase of a beverage on Friday. You can also score a free donut at Krispy Kreme this Friday, as well as at other local donut shops across the country—check your favorite neighborhood spot to see if they’re participating.
Now, here’s the dilemma—which flavor will you choose? I admit, I have a special place in my heart for Dunkin’ Donuts. It was the only donut shop in the small town where I grew up, and a portable box of Munchkins was practically essential at any school event—birthday, holiday, or celebration (glazed was my favorite, though the chocolate was pretty good too). If a full-sized donut was in order, I generally went for the Bavarian cream—dough filled with a cool, sweet custard center, covered entirely with powdered sugar. A little messy, but worth it. I also loved the French Cruller, with its twisty shape and sugar-glazed coating that was, literally, finger-licking good. What’s your favorite donut flavor?
And if you want to try your hand at making donuts at home, here’s an easy donut recipe that requires very little work (hint: you’ll start with a package of refrigerated biscuits).
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