National Doughnut Day was celebrated nearly 80 years ago in Chicago. It was dreamed up by the Salvation Army as a fundraiser for the American soldiers during World War 1. It was a way to commemorate the work of the “doughnut girls” who fed treats to soldiers. Since foodstuffs were limited on battlefields, doughnuts were relatively easy to make. The “doughnut girls” began frying the doughnuts in the field inside the soldiers’ helmets.
Today, there are still places/restaurants where you can get free treats:
- Cumberland Farms
- Duck Donuts
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Krispy Kreme
- Shipley Donuts
- LaMar’s Donuts
FYI: Doughnuts are generally exempt from sales tax unless sold under certain conditions; i.e., if they are warmed.