National Doughnut Appreciation Day
National Doughnut Appreciation Day is observed next on Tuesday, November 5th, 2024 (253 days from today).
National Doughnut Appreciation Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. It has since become a day to celebrate the love for doughnuts and often involves doughnut shops giving away free doughnuts to their customers.
The history of doughnuts is as rich and filled as the treats themselves. Often cited as a quintessentially American snack, the doughnut, also spelled "donut," actually has its origins in Europe. The earliest origins are traced back to Dutch settlers who brought with them "olykoeks," which means "oily cakes." These were balls of dough fried in pork fat, without the familiar hole we see today.
The iconic hole in the center of the doughnut is credited to an American, Hanson Gregory, who in 1847, at the age of 16, purportedly punched a hole in the center of the dough's ball before frying to ensure it cooked evenly throughout. This innovation spread and became the standard shape for the modern doughnut.
Culturally, doughnuts have become more than just a morning treat. They represent comfort food, a quick snack, a communal food enjoyed in the company of others, and have even been used to raise morale, such as "Doughnut Dollies" serving them to American troops during World War I and II.
Doughnuts have taken on various forms around the world. In France, they have "beignets," in Spain "churros," and in India "gulab jamun." Each variation retains the basic concept of fried dough but incorporates local flavors and traditions.
National Doughnut Appreciation Day, which occurs annually, is not just about indulging in the sugary round delights; it's also about recognizing their cultural significance. This day can be celebrated in various ways:
Doughnut Tasting: One could visit various bakeries to sample different types and flavors of doughnuts.
Baking at Home: It's an opportunity for enthusiasts to try their hand at making homemade doughnuts, experimenting with flavors and shapes.
Doughnut Parties: People can host doughnut-themed parties inviting friends and family to enjoy a variety of doughnuts together.
Learning History: It's a chance to educate oneself and others on the history and evolution of the doughnut.
Supporting Local Bakeries: Celebrate by purchasing doughnuts from local, independent bakeries to support small businesses.
Creative Competitions: Some communities hold doughnut decorating competitions, which encourage creativity and community engagement.
Charity Events: Many organizations use this day to hold events where proceeds from doughnut sales go to charity.
Across the world, doughnuts have become a symbol of sweet indulgence, culinary innovation, and communal experience. Whether it's a classic glazed doughnut, a jelly-filled delight, or a cruller, each doughnut has a story, a lineage that traces back through history, transcending borders and cultures, and on National Doughnut Appreciation Day, we take the time to savor and celebrate each one.
ObservedNational Doughnut Appreciation Day has been observed annually on November 5th.
Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Sunday, November 5th, 2023
Tuesday, November 5th, 2024
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