June 5, 2015: National Donut Day

You guys — did you know that this Friday is National Donut Day?! This holiday was created by The Salvation Army back in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. These soldiers returned home from the war craving these Salvation Army donuts — and local bakers soon responded to fulfill the demand! Today, Donut Day takes place annually on the first Friday of June.

In honor of this sweet holiday, donut shops across the U.S. are giving away free donuts! Among the national chains, Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts are offering free fried treats to customers.

If you’re craving a locally made donut, head to Fountain Square on Friday from 12-1 pm, for FREE treats from the following bakeries:

Bakery Hill

Bonnie Lynn Bakery

Busken Bakery


Harrison Home Bakery

Holtman’s Donuts

North College Hill Bakery

Regina Bakery

Schmidt Bakery


Wyoming Pastry Shop

(And while you’re downtown, walk off those donuts by heading up a few blocks to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Book Sale — it’s the final day of the sale, which means that for just $10 you can purchase a bag — and everything you fit in it is yours!)

After you and the kids have hit up Fountain Square, continue the festivities at blue manatee. From 4-5 pm, the bookstore is hosting a donut-themed story time and donut-decorating activity for kids ages 5-7. Cost is just $3/kid and you can make a reservation by calling 513-731-2665.

And if you’re feeling extra inspired, why not try your hand at the original recipe for Salvation Army donuts? Just make sure you have that tub of lard handy…

Happy Donut Day!


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