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June 4th 2010 National Doughnut Day

National Donut Day
National Donut Day

For one day only, who cares about your diet! It’s National doughnut day! Those delicious, melt in your mouth Krispy Kreme doughnuts are too good to pass up if you ask me. I won’t lie though, if it’s anything like the current and recent free spicy chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-A, you might want to plan for a little time in line. But, if the price is a little extra time and patience then you might want to consider it a win win situation.

Doughnuts, sometimes spelled donuts are an American staple. (Yes, doughnut is the correct spelling.) I don't know a person that would pass up a doughnut if offered one, do you? There are many doughnuts, but Krispy Kreme is one of my favorites. I have heard songs about Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and of course there is the famous Homer Simpson and one of his infamous phrase “mmmm donuts…”

The following insert is taken from the Salvation Army, Metropolitan Division website: 

 The idea for Donut Day began on the battlefields of France during World War I when Salvation Army workers served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor so the doughnut idea was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. Doughnuts were not the reason Salvation Army workers were in the fighting zones of France. Those men and women were there primarily to give spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies. They were there to be a link with home and family. Though that world war has come and gone, Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort thousands of people each day who battle hunger around the world…”

Famous Salvation Army Doughboy Doughnut
  • 7-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup lard
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 large cans evaporated milk
  • 3 large cans water
  • 18 cups flour
  • 18 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 teaspoons nutmeg
Cream sugar and lard together, beat eggs, add evaporated milk and water. Add liquid to creamed mixture. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in large sieve and sift into other mixture. Add enough flour to make e stiff dough. Roll and cut. Five pounds of lard are required to fry the doughnuts. Yield: approximately 250 doughnuts
So tomorrow head to your local participating Krispy Kreme store and enjoy one on the house. Who says nothing in life is free- with chicken sandwiches and doughnuts I am sure that more companies will start this awesome trend. Generally if a consumer tries something and likes it, they definitely won’t mind coming back and paying for it again and again. Happy Doughnut Day!

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