Celebrate National Donut Day with free donuts

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 DENVER — There’s a hole lotta happy on the way. The first Friday in June, June 5 this year, is National Donut Day.

You can get free donuts at your favorite donut shops to celebrate the occasion:

  • Krispy Kreme: Get a free donut of any variety, no purchase necessary.
  • Lamar’s Donuts: Get a free donut, no purchase necessary.
  • Dunkin Donuts: Grab a free treat all day when you buy a beverage. The offer lasts all day long, as long as supplies last.
  • Entenmann’s is giving a chance for 100 people to win a free year’s supply of Entenmann’s donuts. In addition, the company will donate $1 to the Salvation Army (more on them below), up to $30,000, for every entrant.
  • Lora’s Donuts and Bakery Shop: visitors get a free donut at Lora’s Donuts in Englewood on Friday. Lora’s is at 11804 E. Oswego St. Members of military, veterans, police and firemen get two regular donuts and a free small cup of coffee with ID.

Started by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938, the day honors the group’s “donut lassies,” who served treats and provided assistance to soldiers on the front lines during World War I. (And this isn’t to be confused with National Doughnut Day, which is in November and celebrates the actual food.)

Doughnuts have been around since long before the First World War, and we have the Dutch to thank for them. The Dutch would make “olykoek,” which translates to oily cake. The first Dutch doughnuts didn’t have a hole, but they were fried in hot oil and the dough was sweet.

It wasn’t until 1847 that the holed-out doughnut we know and love today appeared. Hanson Gregory, 16 at the time, claimed credit. Sick of doughnuts with a raw center, he used a pepper pot to punch out holes to help his doughnuts cook more evenly.

By 1920, Adolph Levitt, a Russian living in New York, had invented a doughnut machine. Thirteen years later, doughnuts were proclaimed the “Hit Food of the Century of Progress” by the World’s Fair in Chicago.

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