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One of my favorite FOOD days of the year is this Friday  and it’s pretty SWEET!

June 5 is National Donut Day and you know that means lots of deals will be rolling out.

Here is where you can snag a donut in the Tampa Bay Area:

  • Frida’s Cafe & Bakery in Largo: FREE donut a with the purchase of a coffee.
  • The Donut Experiment in Indian Shores: FREE cinnamon sugar donut with any purchase.
  • Dunkin Donuts locations around Tampa Bay Area: FREE classic donut with the purchase of ANY beverage.
  • Krispy Kreme locations around Tampa Bay Area: FREE donut of your choice with the purchase of ANY beverage.

Did you know the Chicago Salvation Army founded National Donut Day in 1938? According to ABC Action News, they did it to raise money for the Great Depression and commemorate the work of Salvation Army volunteers who helped feed soldiers during the First World War.

Below is the original doughnut recipe used during World War:

Salvation Army Lassies’ Doughnut Recipe

Yield: 4 dozen doughnuts

  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ‘saltspoon’ of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon lard


Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.

Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)

Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.

When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off. Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

There is your history lesson for the week!