It's a day to celebrate one of our sweetest treats and you can get a free donut at several places.
Krispy Kreme says it'll give everyone a free donut of their choice at participating locations, no purchase necessary.
Dunkin' Donuts will give customers a free donut with the purchase of any beverage.
And Shipley's is offering a free glazed donut to customers until noon.
In honor of the day, here's a few fun facts courtesy of food writer Michael Krondl:
- New England settlers arrived from Hertfordshire with an obscure local specialty, the "Hertfordshire Nut" a.k.a. the "Dow-Nut."
- Yankee whalers used to celebrate the one thousands barrel of whale oil by frying up donuts, In whale oil -- naturally.
- During the 1940's stars like Zero Mostel, Johnny Carson and Martha Graham were all members of National Dunking Association.
- In Vienna, aristocrats used to compete for a prize of silver pistols by shooting at flying donuts during Mardi Gras.
- Salvation Army volunteers kept up morale by frying up fresh donuts for the boys In the trenches during World War I.
- Red Cross volunteers risked life, limb and virtue as they drove donut-machine-equipped trucks to the front lines.
- In the 1940's and 1950's, just about the only place open on the graveyard shift was the donut shop -- the habit stuck.
- National Donut Day was started by Salvation Army In 1938 to raise money for a home for unmarried mothers. For a contribution, you got a cardboard donut.
- Long before candy, the ghoulish holiday was celebrated by bobbing for donuts hung from a string.
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