|We celebrate National Donut Day by giving visitors a FREE Gourmet Donut with a hole – No purchase required!. Since National Donut Day started in 1938 as a tribute to the “lassies” – women volunteers who helped feed soldiers in World War I, we find it an appropriate patriotic salute to give every visitor a gourmet donut – free, for no charge. Imagine: a donut that doesn’t require any dough! Guests will have the option of donating the cost of a donut, or more, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.
History of National Donut Day
National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June. In 1917, Salvation Army female volunteers known as “lassies” prepared thousands of donuts to the homesick soldiers that served in France during World War I.
The doughnuts were made by filling a pail with oil and using left over dough flour and other ingredients on hand and a wine bottle as a rolling pin. Doughnuts were fried – seven at a time – in steel helmets on an 18-inch stove. The 100 doughnuts made that first day were an immediate success.
Soon, hundreds of soldiers stood in muck outside the tent, waiting for the sweet taste of doughnuts. Before long, The Salvation Army was cooking thousands of doughnuts around the clock. National Donut Day was officially established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression.
World Donut Glossary
Fun Donut Facts
In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.
Between our 27 locations, Lamar’s Donuts produces 17 million donuts per year.
The largest donut ever made was an American-style jelly donut weighing 1.7 tons, which was 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high in the center.
Per capita, Canada has more donuts shops than any other country.
The hole in the donut’s center appeared in the first half of the 19th Century and allows the donut to cook more evenly.
The Dutch are often credited with bringing donuts to the U.S. with their olykoeks, or oily cakes in the 1800s.
Ray’s Original Glazed Donut only has 220 calories, while a bagel and cream cheese averages 450 calories.
Eric Badlands Booker holds the record for the World Champ Doughnut Eater. He ate 49 glazed donuts in just 8 minutes.
Click here for a sample of the Lamar’s donut menu!