National Donut Day

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:

  1. New England settlers arrived from Hertfordshire with an obscure local specialty, the "Hertfordshire Nut" a.k.a. the "Dow-Nut."
  2. Yankee whalers used to celebrate the one thousands barrel of whale oil by frying up donuts, In whale oil -- naturally.
  3. During the 1940's stars like Zero Mostel, Johnny Carson and Martha Graham were all members of National Dunking Association.
  4. In Vienna, aristocrats used to compete for a prize of silver pistols by shooting at flying donuts during Mardi Gras.
  5. Salvation Army volunteers kept up morale by frying up fresh donuts for the boys In the trenches during World War I.
  6. Red Cross volunteers risked life, limb and virtue as they drove donut-machine-equipped trucks to the front lines.
  7. In the 1940's and 1950's, just about the only place open on the graveyard shift was the donut shop -- the habit stuck.
  8. 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.
  9. Long before candy, the ghoulish holiday was celebrated by bobbing for donuts hung from a string.

You can read the full story from FOX News here.

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