On National Doughnut Day, Free Food And Feel-Good History – KUHF

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The cover of a Salvation Army’s War Cry repository from 1918 commemorates a “Doughnut Girl.”

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We here during The Salt tend to demeanour during themed food holidays with a complicated sip of skepticism. Most of these days sound more like selling schemes than loyal reasons for a inhabitant day of remembrance.

So we were agreeably astounded to learn that there is a bona fide chronological reason to food down on a deep-fried fritter currently to symbol National Doughnut Day.

Turns out, during World War I, women volunteers with a Salvation Army would grill adult and palm out doughnuts as a form of comfort food to American GIs portion overseas. To respect these women’s use and lift supports during a Great Depression, in 1938 a a Salvation Army’s Chicago bend announced a initial Friday in Jun to be National Doughnut Day. These “dough girls” or “dough lassies,” as they were called, continued a tradition during World War II.

Doughnuts hold a special place in American servicemen’s hearts during a Vietnam War as well. Angie Williams, mother of former Vietnam POW Orson Swindle, told a U.S. Naval Institute’s blog that her father invented his possess chronicle of National Doughnut Day during a 6 years he was hold serf during Son Tay jail camp. Apparently, Swindle — who had forsaken some-more than 50 pounds during his chains — assured his jailers that Nov. 10 was National Doughnut Day, that he described as a large inhabitant holiday for Americans. As Williams recounts in a blog:

“A few weeks went by, and to everyone’s good surprise, on Nov 10 a prisoners during Son Tay jail — famous for being one of a misfortune —and also for a failed rescue attempt — were served gummy buns and — Orson was a favourite of a day!”

Of course, doughnuts are no longer an outlandish confection; they’ve turn a $12 billion industry. And corporate vendors will be some-more than happy to use Friday’s arise to pull their sweetened treats on consumers.

Many of them are charity doughnuts for free. (But good fitness perplexing to measure a cronut — giveaway or otherwise. Lines for this croissant-doughnut hybrid reportedly start combining during 6 a.m. outward a New York bakery.)

You’ll have improved fitness during Krispy Kreme, where business can get a giveaway doughnut of any accumulation (get a details). At Dunkin’ Donuts, a giveaway doughnut comes with a squeeze of a beverage.

While you’re there, we can also check out a company’s new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, a bacon, egg, cheese and fritter concoction. Of course, after a dish like that, it will substantially comfort we to know that this is also National CPR/AED Awareness Week, designed to make certain Americans know how to use an programmed outmost defibrillator. Hope we brushed adult on your resuscitation skills, folks.

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