Today marks the delicious holiday that is National Donut Day. But besides just being an ode to the (arguably the most) tasty treat, this national deal day is unique amongst others because it’s one of the few that actually has some history and reasoning behind it. National Donut Day has been recognized since 1938 and was started by the Salvation Army as a way to celebrate the women who served fresh donuts to American soldiers in France during World War 1 (known as Donut Lassies or Donut Dollies,) who are often credited for popularizing the desert in the U.S.
Generally, these national deal days are just a sneaky ploy for fast food chains to get you in the door, but today's deals will actually get you feeling like you're celebrating donuts for a reason. Though they aren’t as extensive as some of the other national deal days, the chances of you walking away from somewhere with a free donut today are pretty high.
Krispy Kreme — The classic favorite, obviously, had to grace the list, and they're being generous. Receive a free donut with no purchase necessary! Additionally, Krispy Kreme has promised that if they give away 1 million free doughnuts on National donut day then donut-heads will be rewarded with a second free donut sometime later this month.