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Celebrate National Donut Day!

June 07 2013 - 9:00 AM

Any excuse to eat a doughnut works for me, so I’ll certainly be taking part in National Donut Day today. This deliciously sounding day actually has some history to it and was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI. In fact, Firecakes is giving its proceeds to the Salvation Army today.

Doughnuts have come a long way in the past 75 years from a convenient store item to gourmet delicacy, like Glazed and Infused (their Key Lime doughnut pictured above). I remember my first doughnut from the Hostess variety box filled with 3 types of cake doughnuts: cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and plan. We use to fight over the sugar doughnuts and leave the plan ones for the garbage.

My next doughnut memory came with the advent of Krispy Kreme (who is giving out free doughnuts on National Donut Day). There was so much anticipation in taking a long drive to the nearest Krispy Kreme location, thinking about a glazed doughnut melting in your mouth and the excitement of seeing that “hot doughnuts now” sign flashing.

I think I finally reached doughnut nirvana at the Doughnut Plant in New York (pictured right), a source of research and inspiration for many Chicago gourmet doughnut shops. Their tres leches doughnut is, in my mind, the ultimate doughnut experience found in a cake doughnut filled with milky custard.

Check out some of our favorite Chicago doughnut shops on Twitter for deals and specials today:

– @FirecakesDonuts


So what’s your favorite doughnut? Let us know!