National Donut Day 2020: Important dates, History, National Donut Day events, Special quotes

National Donut Day 2020: National Donut Day is celebrated in the United States of America on 5th June this year. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people can celebrate the day by serving donuts to the frontline warriors, needy, poor, and people in need. Read the article to know why and how doughnuts became so popular in America.

by Suganya Vedham

Updated: Jun 09, 2020 17:48 IST

National Donut Day 2020: Important dates, History, National Donut Day events, Special quotes

National Doughnut Day 2020

National Doughnut (Donut) Day is celebrated on 5th June in the year 2020 in the United States. The National Donut Day is annually observed on the first Friday in the month of June. On this special day, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day and celebrate the doughnut and honor the Salvation Army Lassies.

What is Doughnut?

Doughnut is a small cake of sweetened or unsweetened dough fried in deep fat. Doughnut is typically shaped like a ring or when prepared with a filling. Doughnuts were introduced in America by Dutch in New Netherlands. Doughnut is made of yeast dough rich in eggs and butter, spices, and dried fruits (or cream, custard, or other fillings). The sweetness of the doughnuts comes from the fruit and the final dusting of sugar.

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Who are the Salvation Army Lassies?

The Salvation Army Lassies are the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I (WWI). Four women volunteered to join the front lines of World War I to support the American Expeditionary Force. The women were the members of the evangelical Christian charitable organization Salvation Army. The women were given a few supplies like gas masks, helmets, and .45-caliber revolvers. But it turned out the women needed rolling pins, cookie cutters, flour, and sugar.

The women collected excess rations for the dough and shell casings and wine bottles for makeshift rolling pins. They filled the helmet of a soldier to fry the braided crullers. The fried creations were then combined with empty condensed milk with a narrow tube of camphor ice to make a cutter in the true donut shape. The treats cemented the Armed Forces’ relationship with donuts and the girls that served them.

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History of National Donut Day?

The history of Doughnuts goes back to centuries. In the year 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army during WWI. The Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe to cater the soldiers and the people who fought in WWI. These brave volunteers provided home-cooked foods. These doughnuts were a morale boost to the troops who fought the war. The donuts were made only with flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs and milk. It was dusted with powdered sugar after being fried.

As the doughnuts were prepared in the metal helmets of American soldiers, the American infantrymen were commonly called “doughboys.” More standard spelling of the word doughnut is “donut.” National Donut Day in the United States began as a fundraiser for Chicago's Salvation Army. The goal of the fundraiser in 1938 was to help the needy during the Great Depression.

Doughnuts became widely available for public consumption in the 1920s when Adolph Levitt, an inventor, created a gadget to mass-produce doughnuts from his bakery. In 1934, the word 'Doughnut' was caught on at Chicago's world fair. After the introduction, people across the world soon began to fall in love with a doughnut.

Events on National Donut Day:

On the National Donut Day, many bakeries and coffee shops in the United States offer doughnut deals to their customers. People use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay on social media. 

On this day, donut shops are awarding those who are doing extraordinary work on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Some Dough Bar is has announced have offered discounts and provide free face mask.

How to observe National Donut Day?

The National Donut Day is celebrated by making and sharing many varieties of doughnuts. People can celebrate National Donut Day by enjoying their favorite doughnut. Donut lovers buy all types of donuts and eat them with their family and co-workers as the donuts shop will provide special offers on this day.

  • There are many varieties of doughnuts. One can try as many varieties by making it at home. 

  • On this day people support local bakeries. 

  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people can pick up a dozen to deliver to first responders, a nursing station, or favourite charity. 

  • People can use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay when using social media.

National Donut Day Quotes

Be sweet and honest always, but for God’s sake don’t eat my doughnuts! - Emma Bunton

"Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?" - Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

"The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole." - Oscar Wilde

The closest I’ll get to winning the Hunger Games is when I spot the last donut in the office kitchen. - Unknown

As you ramble on through life, whatever be your goal keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole. - Unknown

National Donut Day - FAQ

1. What are America's top 10 favourite Chains?

On of the favourite foods of People of the United States of America is the donut. The top 10 favourites are listed below:

  1. Krispy Kreme
  2. Dunkin’ Donuts
  3. Shipley Donuts
  4. Tim Hortons
  5. Voodoo Donuts
  6. Daylight Donuts
  7. Entenmann’s Donuts in my own kitchen
  8. Winchell’s Donuts 
  9. Lamar’s Donuts
  10. Honey Dew Donuts
2. Are donuts healthy?

Yes, they are. These days many donut recipes are created with an awareness of their nutritional content. Check with your favorite shop if they offer any of these varieties.

3. How long can I keep Donut in the refrigerator?

If properly stored, doughnuts can be kept for about one week. Generally, freshly baked donuts, without cream, will last for 1-2 days, when stored properly. You can heat it up in the microwave for 7-10 seconds and warm it up before eating.

4. What are the most common types of donuts?

There are two most common types of donuts. They are the ring doughnut and the filled doughnut, which is injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings.

5. What is the difference between Doughnuts and Donuts?

Doughnut is the original, preferred spelling of the word. The dish is more common in the United States. The Americanized, shortened version of doughnut is 'Donut', which isn't that incorrect. But it is much less common. Most publications go for 'Doughnut.'

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