When is National Donut Day 2022?

FROM a Boston cream to a bear claw, donuts are a perfect way to fill up your sweet tooth on a sunny summer day.

Paired with a cup of iced coffee or lemonade, the nation can all participate in celebrating National Donut Day.

What is National Donut Day?

National Donut Day was created back in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor women who provided donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Salvation Army volunteers went to France in 1917 to provide essentials and sweet snacks to spark confidence and hope for those fighting for our country.

Ever since then, sweet donuts were considered an icon of hope and solace for Americans, as reported by Cision PR Newswire.

"The donut is a longstanding symbol of the hope and help that The Salvation Army provides during times of hardship," shared National Commander of The Salvation Army Commissioner Kenneth Hodder.

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"Every year, we look forward to celebrating this sweet holiday and honoring the brave work of our Doughnut Lassies on the front lines."

"National Donut Day lets us reflect on 'donuts that do good,' and makes these treats taste even sweeter," continued Commissioner Hodder.

First started as a fundraising event for Chicago's Salvation Army, it is still celebrated today after 84 years of tradition.

When is National Donut Day?

National Donut Day falls on every first Friday of June. In 2022, the day landed on June 3.

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Specialty donuts are always delicious, but you can also try making a simple one at home with the Salvation Army's official recipeCredit: Getty Images

How can I make donuts at home?

The Salvation Army shared their official WWI donut recipe on their website for everyone to try in the comfort of their homes.

To make two dozen donuts, you will need:

  • One large egg
  • Two and a half cups of flour
  • One cup of sugar
  • Two and a half teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon of salt
  • 7/8 cup of milk
  • Half tub of lard (Although they used lard in 1917, they recommend replacing it with vegetable or coconut oil)

With all ingredients gathered, you will follow the directions below to create yummy donuts:

  • 1: Gather all ingredients and incorporate them (except for tard/oil) to make dough.
  • 2: With the combined dough, thoroughly knead, roll, and cut into ring shapes that are smaller than 1/4 inch thick. You can use donut cutters or even cans laying in your kitchen.
  • 3: Place the rings into the hot oil. Flip over the donuts slowly to make sure they brown on equal sides.
  • 4: When all fried and browned, take out the donuts and let all the oils dribble off.
  • 5: Finish off with powdered sugar or any topping of your choice before enjoying.

Where can I get free or discounted donuts?

Dunkin' Donuts: With any beverage purchase you can receive a free donut on June 3.

Tim Horton's: Those who sign up for Tim's Rewards and buy a donut through the app or online can receive a free donut. The promotion is to continue until Sunday, June 5.

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Krispy Kreme: You can get any free donuts on June 3. If you are purchasing for the office, you can get a dozen donuts of 16 minis to receive a whole dozen glazed boxes for $1.

McDonald's: You can buy any size Premium Roast or iced coffee for just 99 cents when purchasing through the mobile app.

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