The first Friday of June marks a day for sweet treats! Who doesn’t love doughnuts? They were introduced to America by Dutch settlers in the form of a fritter-like treat. Eventually, holes were added to the center of the fritter to create the shape of doughnuts that we’re familiar with today. The problem with the original fritter was that the center would often end up raw even after frying. The exterior would cook before the inner part of the doughnut did. The addition of the hole in the center of the fritter eliminated that problem and made the dessert icon its famous shape. The round bit of heaven was improved even further when egg yolks were added to the dough which made a richer and firmer end product.
“Doughnut is the original, generally preferred spelling of the word. It is more common in the United States and vastly more common internationally. Donut is an Americanized, shortened version of donut that isn’t incorrect, but it is much less common.” -From WritingExplained.org
National Doughnut Day was first recognized by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to the American soldiers, or “Dough Boys”, during World War I. The Salvation Army Lassies, or “Doughnut Dollies” would make homemade doughnuts in the soldiers metal helmets on the front lines as a way to boost morale.
The Doughnut Day has since been celebrated by many as a beloved day of sweets!
This day in June also happens to be National Repeat Day. Perhaps you can repeat the trip to the doughnut shop today!