Today is National Doughnut Day. What, you didn’t know the first Friday in June was National Doughnut Day? Now you do. More importantly, now you can find out which doughnut chains around the country are doling out freebies all day long to acknowledge the hol-e-day.
Krispy Kreme, which created a National Doughnut Day event page on Facebook, says people can stop into a store and get one free doughnut of any kind, no purchase necessary. LaMar’s Donuts, a chain with a decent-sized presence in Colorado and the Midwest, is also offering one freebie per customer, no strings attached.
The Dunkin’ Donuts deal is still pretty sweet, but it’s not totally free: Buy any beverage — including the prepackaged ones in the fridge — and they’ll throw in a complimentary doughnut, while supplies last. (Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme both throw in the “at participating stores” caveat. Reps for both companies say the best way to figure out if the doughnut shop you plan to visit is participating, give them a call.)
Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Horton’s is offering a coupon on its Facebook page for a free doughnut with any purchase at its U.S. locations. Customers have to “like” the brand, print the coupon and bring it into a store to claim their treat.
National Doughnut Day was started by the Salvation Army in 1938 to commemorate the volunteers who passed out doughnuts to soldiers on the front lines in World War I. Like many other holidays with patriotic roots, National Doughnut Day has evolved into a chance to eat something fattening and save a couple of bucks.