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National Donut Day Is June 1st! Get Ready to Celebrate!

National Donut Day – June 1st – is a day when the spotlight turns on one of America’s best loved treats and also celebrates the donut’s humble and patriotic beginnings in the United States. Statistics vary on just how many donuts are consumed in the U.S. each year, but some indicate that more than 10 billion are consumed annually by Americans.  

The First National Donut Day Was Celebrated in 1938

The first Donut Day was held in Chicago by the Salvation Army during the Great Depression in 1938 to raise money to feed those who were hungry. And National Donut Day is still a fundraiser for the charitable organization to this day in Chicago and other cities.

But Americans’ love affair with donuts dates back even farther than 1938 to World War I, when a group of Salvation Army women began frying dough and delivering donuts, fresh coffee and homemade pie to soldiers on the front lines in Europe. This group of women – who eventually earned the name “Doughnut Girls”  or “Doughnut Lassies” – grew to number more than 250 volunteers who delivered thousands of donuts to battle weary soldiers on the front lines every day.

Donuts were also later distributed to soldiers in World War II by a group of female volunteers with the American Red Cross , earning themselves the nickname “Doughnut Dollies.”  

How to Celebrate National Donut Day

If you’re wondering how to celebrate National Donut Day, we suggest indulging in your favorite donut flavors or trying a couple of brand new ones. There are many shapes, sizes, flavors and brands to choose from.

Since we love making donuts at Baker’s Pride, we also wanted to remind you about the cake and yeast-raised donuts that we make at our bakeries in Burlington, Iowa, using only the freshest, quality ingredients. Our donut products are perfect for in-store bakeries, bake shops and convenience stores and all contain zero grams of trans fat. We even have a new line of gluten-free, vegan donuts that are sure to please your most health-conscious customers. These light, tender cake donuts are a delicious and healthy alternative to grain-based donuts. They are available in glazed, glazed chocolate and glazed cinnamon flavors.  

Baker’s Pride Donuts Loves Celebrating National Donut Day

Baker’s Pride offers a large selection of yeast-raised and cake donuts in many shapes and flavors, and we are always looking for new donut products that will appeal to our customers and end consumers. We are also proud to make all our donuts and all of our baked goods right here in the U.S. Contact us today to learn more about our donut and bread products.