National Donut Day
Are you rumbling in your stomach at the reminder of National Donut Day It wouldn’t surprise us if it was as we all love these delicious foods.
There are many types of doughnuts other than the most well-known, such as twist doughnuts and fritters. There are many varieties of filled doughnuts, including the popular Devil Dog, which is a chocolate-covered delight topped with rich cream. Glazed doughnuts with any variety of delicious fruits are equally popular. The most loved is the raspberry, which is a favorite around the globe.
Deep-fried donuts bring a smile to everyone’s faces. National Donut Day is a celebration of this delicious treat, its history, and the women who made these wonderful treats during World War 1. Continue reading to find out more about this delicious tradition.
We don’t necessarily need to have a reason for National Donut Day. We bet that some people wish every day were in honor of this special treat. This day is significant because it dates back to the First World War. It wasn’t easy for soldiers to be happy when they were risking their lives every day. But National Donut Day was created by a doctor who served in the first World War and wanted to make the day more joyful for the soldiers he treated. He bought 8 dozen doughnuts for his first day at the Military Base and gave one to every soldier he worked with.
Samuel gave one to Lieutenant General Samuel Geary. He was astonished and elated by the doctor’s work. Samuel then decided to create a fundraiser to allow Morgan Pett to continue providing doughnuts for his patients.
The fundraiser was started in collaboration with the Salvation Army, who after a fact-finding mission determined that many soldiers’ needs could be met through the creation of social centers, which would offer all the amenities including the doughnuts.
250 Salvation Army volunteers were sent to France by the Salvation Army to build these huts. This became an important part of military life. As part of their daily service, they were able to eat up to 300 donuts and 700 cups coffee per day. The Salvation Army workers were referred to as “Doughnut Dollies” because most of them were women.
People used National Donut Day to raise awareness and funds for the Salvation Army. Today, this tradition continues to be used to raise funds for the organization.
This is the history and origins of National Donut Day. But what about the history of the doughnut itself? We hear you ask (probably after a meal of one of these delicious treats).
Although the history of the doughnut is not well known, it is known that the iconic shape first appeared in the United States in mid-19th century.
Rumour has it that Elizabeth Gregory (a New England ship captain’s mom) made delicious deep-fried dough treats to feed her son Hanson Gregory. They could be easily stored onboard and she believed that they would help to prevent colds and the possibility of getting scurvy. Elizabeth placed walnuts in the middle of the dough so that it could cook through. She named them, quite rightly.
Legend has it that Harrison punched the hole with a tin box to create the hole. The traditional form of the dessert that you love and crave today was created. Allegedly.
Doughnuts weren’t widely available until the 1920s, when Adolph Levitt invented a machine to make mass-produced doughnuts from his bakery. The word spread quickly and doughnuts were a popular item at Chicago’s 1934 world fair. These delicious treats were soon loved by people all over the globe.
What could you do to celebrate National Donut Day, then? You could get a box Krispy Kremes to start, then indulge in your favorite flavors.
Celebrate the charity spirit that brought National Donut Day into being. You can raise money for the Salvation Army, another charity group that works with our Armed Forces, or volunteer your time.
Consider donating money or volunteering your time, if you feel inclined to show your charity side, in any way.
Think about what you can do for National Donut Day. Celebrate this day in your unique way, whether you eat them or share them with others.