Celebrate National Donut Day

By | May 31, 2018 12:38 pm

An employee of CH Donuts prepares for the morning rush hour as he places some delicious, hot and tasty donuts in the display case. (Photo by ASHLEE BURGER)

By Ashlee Burger, contributor

Every year, on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Donut (Doughnut) Day.

This day not only celebrates the donut, but it also honors the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. These women were known as Salvation Army Lassies. The donut, or ‘doughnut’, was actually created by the Salvation Army, in the early 1900’s.

During this time, the donuts were cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. These American infantrymen were commonly called ‘doughboys,’ leading the U.S. to formally address this food item as a donut. What began as a fundraising bake sale and a tasty snack for the troops inspired the creation of one of our nation’s sweetest breakfast / anytime treats.

Today, Donut Day is widely recognized throughout the nation. Although donuts may be cooked differently now than in a soldier’s helmet, the pastries are enjoyed just the same.

To get a better understanding of how to observe this unique holiday, The Expositor stopped by Sparta’s CH Donuts. One of the employees, Vicki, opened the conversation by stating, “Donut Day is the donut shop’s greatest celebration day. It is a day to showcase new flavors and promote original creations made by CH donuts. Although we do enjoy working with dozens of these goodies daily, the customers are the best part of operating a donut shop. We are always so happy to see them. We know when they come to our shop, they are getting an experience they will not get anywhere else.”

With all of their diverse flavors, glazes, and donut types, CH Donuts was recently voted ‘Best of the Best’ donut shop, in White County.

On June 1, CH Donuts, along with many bakeries, coffee shops, and other donut shops will be embracing National Donut (Doughnut) Day. For this year’s donut day, embrace the day by enjoying a favorite donut, or perhaps try a new exotic flavor. Use #NationalDonutDay when using social media.

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  1. Comment by Dennis Frey

    May 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Vicki’s comments are spot on. The folks at CH are the kindest, most personable family in our community. They demonstrated this to my 100 year old mother for many years. We “Americans” need to learn this kind of love from their culture. Oh, by the way, their donuts are ‘outta this world!’ What an asset to the community. Thanks CH.

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