I usually don't get too excited over the hundreds of national holidays this country has to celebrate foods and drinks, but give me some ways to score a free doughnut and I'm ready to party for National Doughnut Day.
Let's be honest, it's the best of the best when it comes to food celebrations. Doughnuts are basically the happiest food ever. Wake up on a Saturday morning and want to kick-off your weekend? Pick up a box of doughnuts. Feeling a little down on a Wednesday afternoon and need a pick-me-up? Grab a doughnut. Want to be the queen of the office and make everyone's day? You need a dozen doughnuts.
National Doughnut Day also has a pretty great history and it doesn't involve a social media campaign. According to Krispy Kreme, back in 1938, National Doughnut Day was established to honor the Salvation Army's "Doughnut Lassies," who were responsible for serving treats (like doughnuts) to soldiers during World War I. Because resources were limited, doughnuts were only fried in batches of seven, and two members of the Salvation Army, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance came up with the hack of frying them in soldiers' helmets. The first celebration of National Doughnut Day was implemented to raise funds during the Great Depression and to celebrate the Doughnut Lassies. In fact, the doughnut is now a symbol of service and is still passed out in disaster areas by the Salvation Army.
To honor your favorite happy little treat and National Doughnut Day, it's time to get out there and grab a doughnut. With these seven ways to score a free doughnut, you're sure to spread a little cheer to yourself and celebrate the history of doughnuts!
1. Buy Any Beverage At Dunkin' Donuts
Head to your local Dunkin' Donuts, purchase any beverage, and get a free classic doughnut of your choice, as long as supplies last. The offer is good all day long, so feel free to make it a post-work treat if you can't grab it for breakfast.
2. Head To Krispy Kreme
No purchase necessary if you want to score a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme. Just head on into the store and get a free doughnut of any variety! Krispy Kreme will have a place for you to donate to the Salvation Army, so feel free to drop in a donation.
3. Print Out A Ticket For LaMar's Donuts
If you're lucky enough to live near a LaMar's Donuts, you can print out this ticket to receive a free doughnut of your choice, no purchase necessary.
4. Stop By Randy's Donuts
It's a landmark in the Los Angeles area (you may also remember Iron Man hanging out inside the giant donut sign for Randy's), and Randy's Donuts is offering free doughnut holes on National Doughnut Day.
5. Pick Up A Drink At Cumberland Farms
The convenience store chain, Cumberland Farms, will offer a sweet deal on National Doughnut Day, too. Purchase a beverage between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., and get a free doughnut.
6. Purchase A Drink At Giant Eagle
The supermarket chain, Giant Eagle, is offering a free doughnut to customers that purchase any hot or cold dispensed beverage when you use your Giant Eagle Advantage Card. They've expanded the deal by also offering a buy one, get one free option when you purchase half a dozen doughnuts. For every half dozen box, you get another half dozen free when you use your Giant Eagle Advantage Card. And, for the really fun folks, dress up like your favorite non-masked superhero and get a coupon for a free doughnut from the Giant Eagle bakery.
7. Join The Entenmann's Bakery Celebration
For those of you living near New York City, join the party hosted by Entenmann's Bakery. The bakery will be holding a celebration in Union Square Park from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you can pick up a free doughnut and a cup of coffee. If you can't make it to the city, you can also enter the Entenmann's Bakery sweepstakes to win free doughnuts for a year.