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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

38 comments:

  1. I think I like this Dr Crums. I haven't had a donut in years because of the calories. After reading your post, I am throwing caution to the wind and getting us some donuts for supper! Yay!!!
    I remember growing up, the bakery would bring a large platter of honey glazed donuts to our local store and they would sell them individually for 10cents; they were crispy sweet. I wonder if I could ever find one of those. Great post Louise!
    Rita

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    1. What sweet memories Rita. Honey glazed donuts are still my very best favorite when it comes to doughnuts. I do hope you enjoyed your indulgence:)

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  2. OMG, I adore Krispy Kremes. Yum!

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    1. Hope you managed to get a free one, Yummy!

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  3. Love Krispy Kreme, but we don't have one anymore. The local potato donuts (Spudnuts) is fabulous though!

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    1. Spudnuts! Now that's a "donut joint" I could warm up to. Krispy Kreme isn't the same anymore anyway.

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  4. As soon as I saw a reference to donut day, I came right over here to learn the real stuff -- and this was great. I had NO idea why they were called DOUGHboys. I loved all the clippings, too.

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    1. Delighted you enjoyed the post, Mae and that you thought of me. How sweet. Thanks for visiting.

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  5. What nice and funny post!! Did you know Rita I really enjoy your picures and old draws, remember me a lot of things when I was a child LOL
    And we really love donuts so much especially the kids (have 17) but they love donuts!!
    thanks by sharing dear Louise!

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    1. You are more than welcome, Gloria...

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  6. What a fabulous post!!! I'm changing the link on my blog to this one.. the other was great, too.. but I love the chocolate cake cupcake recipe.. and all the adorable ads! Winning post!!!

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    1. You're too funny Janet! I enjoyed my visit to your blog too!!! I can't wait to see the Chocolate Cake Donuts over at your place. Do share...

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  7. I wish I had seen this earlier I would of made donuts for dessert! I loved reading the background and history! I want to be one of those doughnut girls. Hope you and Marion have a great weekend!

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    1. I wouldn't mind celebrating Donut Day everyday, Reeni. You make those donuts I'm sure we will be delighted to clear our plates!

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  8. I better go get Ben some Krispy Kreme!

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    1. You have a Krispy Kreme by you! Lucky girl, lucky Ben!

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  9. My weakness is donuts and I have to say I took advantage of the free donut yesterday at KC. I loved the post for today Louise. Nothin' Sweeter!

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    1. Lucky you, Pam! I never got a chance for a free donut. My waist is thankful though:)

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  10. Oh boy, I'm all for a special day for celebrating donuts!! Love the sound of chocolate cake donuts - must give them a try.

    Thanks for visiting my blog - I do hope you'll stop by again some time.

    Sue :-)

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    1. Donut Day is quite popular around here Sue. Thanks for dropping by. Your Cookbook Sundays sounds like fun!

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  11. I missed National Donut Day!? Oh well..probably for the best ;P. Thanks for such a wonderful, informative post!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Heather. Perhaps you could come up with a Popsicle Donut?

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  12. I don't know how I accidentally tripped across your site but I love, love, love it ... I follow food holidays on my site, too & I love food history/culture ... I have subscribed to your blog feed & I'm nominating you for MY Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling ... I know some bloggers don't participate in blog awards but I hope you'll at least check it out because mine is unique in the fact that it is only is given to food sites and all the nominees are in the running for the monthly award and prize. If you're interested, you can check out the details at my site ... http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/ ... Either way, love your site and I hope you're having a great foodie day!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, CJ. I'm just terrible when it comes to blog awards, but I do appreciate the thought. Thank you so much...

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  13. Louise, Such an informative, wonderful post! I only wish I knew about National Donut Day before it was over, I would have enjoyed a free donut! Entenmann's plain cake donut is one of my favorites! Thanks for a great post!

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  14. It is a good thing I didn't know that Friday was National Donut Day! That would have been all I needed to know to eat all that were offered in the hotel restaurant! Great information!

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  15. Good thing I missed it. My waistline would never forgive me. We can get Krispy Kreme donuts at 7-elevens but it's not the same as getting them fresh out of the cooker. Dunkin Donuts are available at the airports but it's the same sort of thing - not exquisitely fresh.

    I'm going to try your chocolate donuts. My dad ate donuts for breakfast nearly every day of his life. Skinny as a toothpick - not fair.

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  16. I grew up in Harrisburg, and I remember on Fat Tuesday, everyone would eat donuts and call it Fosnot day, spelled a lot of different ways. They would empty the pantry before Lent and make the best most delicious donuts.I have never made a doughnut but I'm thinking about it.

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  17. Lordy, Lordy! I never knew that was so much history to the donut. I love Krispy Kreme donuts when the sign says "Hot". I also love Mr. Levitt, without him we would be left with the hole.
    Have a great week, Ginger

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  18. Mmmm donuts! The only really amazing ones are not available fresh in Aus so looks like I better start cracking at home ;)
    What a stunning chocolate donut recipe - I think I need to try it asap :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  19. That was a fun post, Louise! I'm not a regular donut eater...the only ones I love are at a cider mill in Michigan where they have old fashioned donuts, hot and crisp on the outside. And served with fresh cider. My mouth waters just thinking about it!

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  20. Louise, did I ever mention that I have a secret addiction for chocolate donuts? I just can't resist. The photo and recipe has my tummy doing happy back flips!

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  21. I am glad, I didn't visit you, on Friday. I would have felt compelled to go out and get myself a doughnut and I don't need one of those yummy things.

    Today's choices are a lot safer although if shopping cart day means go on a spree, I am in trouble again.

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  22. Oh Louise, such a nice and informative post...and you just reminded me that I have not had donuts for a while...will definitely celebrate it with a donuts...maybe Krispy Kreme?
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)

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  23. Donuts! They're right up there with pie as an essential food group, IMO. Though truthfully, I eat pie much more than donuts. When I was a kid, the cream-filled donuts were my most sought after. And I'm still partial to the filled ones, but have learned to appreciate other varieties, too. Really tremendous post - thanks.

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  24. Of course, my boys went to both Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme, conveniently located within a mile of each other, to take advantage of Donut Day specials. A good time was had by all!

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  25. like the story of the donuts for the soldiers, sure it had been ver ymeaniful to eat those donuts for the soldiers. I dont why i havnt had donuts for a long time..i think i need one soon!

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  26. I'm just wondering life without donuts! It would be so dull. I simply adored donuts with those sweet coating melt in your mouth kind of feeling. Very addictive!
    Kristy

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