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Celebrate National Doughnut Day


Florida Participation - Girl with doughnuts and trophy, Digital ID 1673079, New York Public LibraryGirl with doughnuts and trophy, Digital ID 1673079, New York Public LibraryThe first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day.

Usually I am skeptical of nonsensical food holidays. Did the cinnamon-sugar lobby come up with this? The lard council?

Still, National Doughnut Day grabbed my attention. So I checked Chase's Calendar and the sources cited in the Wikipedia article.

It's time to CELEBRATE!

The first Doughnut Day was in 1938, organized by the Salvation Army in Chicago to raise funds during the Great Depression, in remembrance of the women who served doughnuts to soldiers on the front lines of World War I.

Access these articles and more through ProQuest Historical Database, available from home with your library card:

This recipe makes 400 large/500 small doughnutsThis recipe makes 400 large/500 small doughnutsEnsign Margaret Sheldon (later Mrs. Margaret Stufflebeam) started the tradition within the American Expeditionary Force stationed in France. "The Doughnut Queen" thought it would be "an interesting change from pies, cocoa and fudge." Despite not having the best cooking utensils on hand, she improvised with cans and bottles, making thousands of doughnuts for the men on the front. "Diary Recalls Start of A.E.F. Doughnuts." New York Times, Jan 31, 1961.

A discussion of "sopping" vs. "dunking" and speculation on the anthropological origins of fried cakes. "Glory of Doughnut Revived at a Party." New York Times, May 14, 1936.

Brigadier Helen Purviance found it a great privilege to serve, but sadly, "[came] to associate doughnut frying with the 'horrors of war.'" "Salvation Army Officer Cooks Doughnuts, as She did in the War, for Fund Drive here." New York Times, Apr 20, 1938.

Contests - Doughnut - Girl with head in giant doughnut, Digital ID 1668371, New York Public LibraryGirl with head in giant doughnut, Digital ID 1668371, New York Public LibraryBrowse our new Digital Collections site for more wonderful doughnut photos.

The Smithsonian Institution's Sally L. Steinberg Collection of Doughnut Ephemera contains materials gathered by Sally L. Steinberg (granddaughter of Adolph Levitt, the "doughnut king.") while researching The Donut Book. Some of the material has been digitized and is available online.

We have 117 menus from 1892 to 1970 that feature the humble doughnut.

From Google Magazines:

Find doughnuts near you with Foursquare.

Browse doughnut books in the catalog.

Find DVDs of America's most famous doughnut eater, Homer Simpson.

Illustration of proper dough consistencyIllustration of proper dough consistency

Take a Tip: There's Dollars in Doughnuts by the Procter & Gamble Bakery Service - A treatise on doughnut production available through HathiTrust.

Krispy Kreme on the Make video from the Internet Archive.

Creme, jelly, glazed, powdered sugar... how will you celebrate?


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Peter Pan

I will try and do my part by picking up a jelly doughnut from Peter Pan in Greenpoint. They are my favorite!


I am simply thrilled to have another excuse to run out and buy doughnuts!

Mine is a glazed twist. I

Mine is a glazed twist. I don't know what came over me but I picked one up at the coffee cart on my way to work today. Then I saw Laura's post. Happy National Donut day!

I am addicted to doughnut

I am addicted to doughnut holes!! I can have that for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner!


great post! i'll celebrate today by having glazed donuts baked fresh at my favorite diner, 7th avenue donuts in park slope.

1st Dunkin' Donuts in Manhattan

Interesting mention of the 1st Manhattan location of the now ubiquitous Dunkin' Donuts in the New York mag article from 1976. The author didn't mention any munchkins. Is it okay to celebrate with a cruller?


I bet this is Homer Simpson's favorite holiday! Or is that National Beer Day?

I love a chocolate glazed

I love a chocolate glazed from DD anytime. I don't stop at doughnuts...when is National Cupcake Day?

Donuts Take Over the World

Great post! I was sure this was a made-up holiday. The vintage donut pics are great too. Now I know where to look if I ever need to make 400 large donuts.

Two cents from Omaha

If there was ever a day to celebrate, it's National Doughnut Day! I love an excuse to eat one of my favorite foods. DD's munchkins are delicious, but I'm convinced that Bavarian creme doughnuts from Midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee are the best around.

just missed doughnut day!

When JFK said "Ich Bin ein Berliner" he actually said he was a jelly doughnut! A "Berliner" is a raspberry-filled doughnut!

reading the donut articles

how can i read the articles? clicking on the link goes to ProQuest and I am stymied

Sorry for the confusion Lucy!

Sorry for the confusion Lucy! You have to be on-site at the library to access articles from this particular database. Connect to our wifi network on your laptop or mobile device, or use one of our computers. It's worth it for searchable full-text and page images of "major U.S. newspapers from across the country and thousands of magazine articles published from 1740 to 1940."

Home access to historical newspapers

The articles in Proquest Historical Newspapers are now available from home with a valid NYPL library card number. Bring on the donuts and the digital access!

Fantastic! Thanks Elizabeth,

Fantastic! Thanks Elizabeth, I will update the post!

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