National Donut Donut Day

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Are you ready to talk about a hole-lot of fun? Let's prepare for the one and only, the scrumptiously saccharine, and the round of all rounds - National Donut Day! A day so nice, they named it twice! So let's take a sugarcoated trip down memory lane, where we'll meet a fluffy cast of glazed and cream-filled characters, and join hands to declare, 'Without donuts, there would be na-dough-nut us!'

When is Donut Donut Day?

It's national donut donut day on the 6th June.

Rolling In Sweet History

Roll your sleeves way back to the 1500s, when the Dutch introduced 'olykoeks' (oil cakes), a sweet cake ball fried in pig fat. But it was in 1847, when a 16-year-old baker's apprentice named Hanson Gregory claimed that he invented the modern donut by punching a hole in the center of the 'olykoek'. Mr. Gregory, we thank you for your hole-some innovation!

The Day We All Go Dawnuts!

National Donut Day was not established just as an excuse to indulge our sugary cravings. Formerly known as National Doughnut Day, it comes with a pretty heavy history. Initiated by the Chicago Salvation Army during the Great Depression in 1938, the day was designed to raise funds and bring awareness to their social service programs while honoring their 'Donut Lassies' who served fresh donuts to soldiers during World War I.

2015: The Glazed Year

The number of online mentions of National Donut Day skyrocketed on June 6, 2015. This proves there's no hole in this day's charm and popularity!

To Cruller or Not to Cruller

Whether you are a die-hard fan of classic glazed donuts, keep things layered with a French cruller, or like it twisted with a churro, there's no denying that on this day we unite to sing, 'Donut Worry, Be Happy.' So, ready to don your donut tiaras, people? Because it's hole-y time!

History behind the term 'Donut Donut'


The Origin of the Donut

The concept of the donut originated in 1847 when a 16-year-old sailor named Hanson Gregory punched holes into the center of his fried dough. By eliminating the uncooked doughy center, the donut cooked more evenly and had a more appealing texture.


The Arrival of the Name 'Donut'

During the 1920s, the term 'donut' started to gain popularity. It is believed to be a shortened version of the original term, 'doughnut,' which referred to the shape of the pastry made from dough. The simplified term 'donut' quickly became more commonly used.


The Invention of the Donut Machine

In 1938, a man named Adolph Levitt invented the first automated donut machine. This revolutionary invention allowed for mass production of donuts, making them more accessible and widespread. It played a significant role in popularizing donuts and making them a staple in American culture.


The Donut's Association with Coffee

During the 1950s, donuts became increasingly associated with coffee. As coffee shops and diners started serving donuts alongside their brewed beverages, the combination of a donut and a cup of coffee became a popular and comforting indulgence for many Americans.


The Creation of National Donut Day

National Donut Day was established in 1984 by the Salvation Army to honor the brave volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. This day, celebrated annually on the first Friday of June, not only celebrates the deliciousness of donuts but also pays tribute to the selflessness and dedication of those who provided comfort and support to soldiers.

Did you know?

Did you know? The world's largest donut ever made was created by Donut King in Australia in 2007. This giant delight weighed a whopping 3.5 tonnes! That gives a hole new meaning to the idea of 'breakfast in bed'!


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First identified

31st May 2015

Most mentioned on

6th June 2015

Total mentions


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