We often had doughnuts in our household when I was growing up. My dad loved his sweets and he had a special fondness for doughnuts and coffee so hot it could scald one's palate. Glazed doughnuts were his favorites, but he never met a doughnut he didn't like.
I too enjoy a good doughnut now and then. That's what I'm going to have for breakfast and dessert today (Friday June 3rd). After all, here in the United States, today is National Doughnut Day. The first Friday of June has been designated National Doughnut Day since it was started in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army.
Though doughnuts, or fried dough, have been around in one form or another in nearly every culture for centuries, they really came into popularity in the United States due to their distribution to the soldiers in France during World War 1. When the Doughnut Day promotion was started, it caught on with the veterans who were nostalgic for the treat that brought them joy on the front lines of battle when they were delivered by the "Doughnut Lassies" of the Salvation Army.
The doughnuts became a hit and soon doughnut shops were popping up across the country. Now it's hard to go anywhere in the United States and not find a doughnut shop somewhere nearby. The tasty treats are beloved by just about everyone.
So love a doughnut today. Forget your diets--it's time to celebrate!
Happy National Doughnut Day!