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Free donut Friday nationwide list of doughnut shops: National Doughnut Day 2014

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The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day, or as many refer to the unofficial holiday, "Donut Day," thanks to the spelling used by one giant doughnut chain. While doughnuts don't appear under the label of healthy foods, they are a treat and everyone deserves a treat once in a while.

According to MSN Money, Friday, June 6, is National Doughnut Day for 2014 and as usual the famous national doughnut makers are offering up a free doughnut for anyone who drops by. Some of these offers come with no strings attached, you just walk in and get a doughnut, like Krispy Kreme.

Other doughnut makers are giving out a free doughnut when you buy a beverage like Dunkin Donuts. The celebration of doughnuts is going strong today and below is a list of the establishments handing out a free doughnut or "donut" today:

Krispy Kreme: One free doughnut of any variety with no purchase necessary.

Dunkin' Donuts: A free doughnut when you purchase of any beverage.

Thorntons: A free doughnut offer goes through June 9 with a coupon from Thornton's mobile app.

Tim Hortons: A free doughnut to any customer that makes an in-store purchase. Customers must say "Happy National Doughnut Day" to receive their doughnut.

Winn-Dixie: Stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi will hand out free "jumbo" doughnut holes on Doughnut Day.

Cumberland Farms: A free doughnut when you buy a coffee or ChillZone beverage.

Doughnuts have a comforting history as the Salvation Army cooked and served doughnuts to the soldiers. This was comfort food given to the U.S. soldiers serving in Europe during WWI, according to USA Today.

Because doughnuts are made with three main simple ingredients, soldiers actually made them in the front-line trenches. They had the lard for melting and frying and the dough was made of flour and sugar. It was like having a little bit of home with them while they were in Europe.

Doughnuts went through all the wars with the USO, American Red Cross and other agencies handing them out supporting the troupes. The holiday of National Doughnut Day was first celebrated back in 1938. Go forth and enjoy National Doughnut Day with a free doughnut from your favorite neighborhood doughnut store!

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