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Friday, June 1, 2012

It's National Donut Day and It's Filled with Celebrations!

"Twixt the optimist and the pessimist
The difference is droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut
But the pessimist sees the hole."

The Ladies Home Journal Cookbook.

The first Friday in June is historically National Doughnut Day.

National Donut Day was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to raise funds during the Great Depression. The Story Of The Doughnut Girls would make a wonderful post in itself. I'm thinking about celebrating them in October. You see it was on Oct 19, 1917 that Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. Each doughnut reminded the soldiers of home. The doughnuts were cooked in a kettle over an open fire. It has been said, "It was not the delicious home cooking, but the spirit in which it was served that captivated the men." The soldiers were affectionately called "Doughboys." The Salvation Army has been celebrating National Donut Day ever since. The promotions to raise money for the Salvation Army are still shared by many donut establishments. This year The Salvation Army is teaming up with Entenmann's® to Celebrate the 75th Annual National Donut Day at Madison Square Park in New York City.

A sweet celebration, 75 years in the making! The Salvation Army has partnered with Entenmann's Bakery, the maker of more than 100 sweet baked goods to celebrate the 75th Annual National Donut Day on June 1st, 2012 with a sweet program. The holiday, held annually on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army's "Donut Lassies" who served these treats to soldiers during World War I. This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide.

In its continued support of The Salvation Army, from April 22 to June 23 Entenmann's Bakery will donate to the organization $1 for every person who "likes" the Entenmann's Facebook page, up to $25,000. Entenmann's will also be rewarding lucky winners with Free Donuts for a Year Sweepstakes and additional prizes through Entenmann's Facebook page. 75th Annual National Donut Day Fun Facts

While I'm at it, I should probably tell you about the National Donut Day Twitter Sweepstakes being held by the folks @DunkinDonuts. It officially begins, according to their rules, at, and I quote, "begins at or about 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) on 6/1/12 and ends at or about 2:59:59 pm ET on 6/1/12.

You didn't think Krispy Kreme wouldn't jump through the hoop to get in on the action, now did you? Of course not. They're are offering Free Donuts!

On Friday, June 1, Krispy Kreme is helping its fans across the country pay homage on this delectable holiday by offering every guest one FREE doughnut of any variety at participating Krispy Kreme US locations.

As I was preparing this post last night, I was also notified by the folks at the Salvation Army, via twitter, that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared June 1, 2012, NYC Donut Day! Rather strange I thought considering his most recent opinions on certain soda sizes.

...in just a few short hours (9:30am tomorrow morning to be exact), the city will be celebrating the 75th Annual Donut Day! There will be “‘Donut Lassies’ handing out donuts in traditional uniforms, free Entenmann’s donuts and coffee, and the largest box of Entenmann’s donuts ever created and donuts a whole foot in diameter! And to top it off, there’s going to be proclamation letter from Mayor Bloomberg too.

Never mind the politics, I have the coolest book to share with you today. The title of the book is The Donut Book. Written by Sally Levitt Steinberg, The Donut Book is filled with "the origins, history, literature, lore, taste, etiquette, traditions, techniques, varieties, mathematics, mythology, commerce, philosophy, cuisine, and the glory of the donut." It says so right on the book cover. The best part is, Sally Levitt Steinberg is the granddaughter of Adolph Levitt, the man who invented the doughnut machine.

This excites me, I just can't help it. I love knowing about the history of these kinds of things and, more importantly, the people behind them. Although there are a few enclosed recipes in the book, it really isn't a cookbook. All I can say is this; if those infinite rings of comfort make your world go round, put the The Donut Book on your wish list!

Before I go on, I should tell you, this post is not any kind of endorsement. As many of you know, I don't usually go hog wild recommended many books, although I do have a tendency to discuss cookbooks every now and again, lol...It's just that Sally brings the doughnut to life. The munches of lore and glory are indescribable within the scope of this post.

Here are a few pictorial highlights for today. If you would like a more in depth look at the contents of the book, I posted all about it for National Donut Day in 2008. It's really quite interesting if you can get past my jibber jabber:) There's also the official recipe for Stella Young's Salvation Army Doughnuts.

And from the Doughnut Corporation of America, we have "Vitamized Doughboy Doughnuts! Not only does that link have, let's say, some unusual donut recipes, it also offers a bit of background on the Doughnut Corporation of America.

...The Doughnut Corporation of America, or DCA, was formed 1920 by Adolph Levitt, inventor of the automatic donut making machine. Sounds delicious, doesn't it? Sort of the thing you would be happy to lay under all day with your mouth open. Anyway, Mr. Levitt is also the father of the "donut chain", opening a store called "Mayflower" in 1931 and ulitmately having 18 stores nationwide. Which was a big deal at the time. The DCA is still around today, manufacturing specialized donut-making equipment to most commercial donut chains, including Dunkin' Donuts and Entenmanns...

In 1941, Dr. J. Howard Crum's Famous Donut Reducing Diet, was endorsed as a "sensible and pleasant way to take off pounds."

2012 is still a Leap Year isn't it???

What would National Donut Day be like if we didn't at least share one donut recipe?

Unlike the Donut Book which is filled with delectable lore, and a few recipes, Entenmann's Big Book of Baking has neither worthy of excitement. As a matter of fact, my fond memories of going to the Entenmann's Bakery store as a child, were shattered after paging through this book which was given to me as a gift. None the less, it does just happen to have a recipe for Chocolate Cake Donuts worthy of sharing today.

There are so many festive treats to celebrate in the month of June. I'll be back on Sunday with a few highlights and Picnic Game News too!!! Enjoy Donut Day! Louise