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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Doughnut or donut?

It's time to celebrate my favorite sweet treat with a hole in its middle.  The first Friday in June, which this year is on the 5th, is National Doughnut Day!  There are so many types of doughnuts to choose from like frosted, glazed, powdered, sugar, CHOCOLATE, Boston cream, coconut, sour cream, cinnamon, jelly and the list goes on and on!  While I know your mouth is watering and your tummy is rumbling for the deliciousness of a doughnut, there really is a deeper meaning to the day.

In 1917, the original "Salvation Army Doughnut" was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  During WWI, the Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front line in Europe to provide home cooked foods to boost the morale of the troops.  The doughnuts these "lassies" made were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers, which is how the American infantrymen gained the nickname "doughboys."  Now this is some trivia I could sink my teeth into!

Here are some more fun facts about the day and doughnuts:
  • It was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 as a way to raise funds and awareness to The Salvation Army's social service programs.
  • National Doughnut Day commemorates the "donut lassies," those volunteers who provided writing materials, stamps, mending of clothes and home-cooked meals to the soldiers who were on the front lines.
  • It is said that the alternative spelling "donut" was invented when the New York-based Display Doughnut Machine Corporation abbreviated the word to make it more pronounceable by the foreigners that they hoped would buy their automated doughnut making equipment.  As there is more than one way to eat a donut, there is more than one way to spell it too!
  • Entenmann's has made more than 4 billion donuts.  If you placed them end-to-end, they would go around the Earth almost 9 times!  If I ate that many, I'd have to run around the Earth 9 times to burn off all the calories!
  • More than 168 million pounds of chocolate have been used for Entenmann's Rich Frosted Donuts, enough to fill all of the Great Lakes.  Just think of diving into a chocolate Lake Michigan!
Many doughnut shops in the area will offer free doughnuts to its customers while supplies last on June 5th.  As you are eating your doughnut on that day, remember the great ways the Salvation Army helps us and think about making a donation.  After all, you got a free doughnut so you probably have some extra money on hand.

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