Chains give out free treats on National Donut Day

Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts celebrate a holiday that dates back to 1938

Published June 4, 2010 7:23PM (EDT)

No anti-obesity campaign will get in the way of this tradition.  June 4 is National Donut Day, or as Vanity Fair calls it, "Confectionary Christmas."  The gluttonous feast day began in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Chicago Salvation Army in honor of the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

According to The Consumerist, an Original Glazed at Krispy Kreme will set you back zero dollars today (although it will cost you 200 calories and 12 grams of fat), while Dunkin' Donuts requires a coffee purchase for you to get your hands on a free Boston Kreme (280 calories, 12 grams of fat).  Maybe Krispy Kreme is feeling extra-generous because its quarterly earnings have doubled since last year, as the Christian Science Monitor reports.

So be an American and pick up a donut today in honor of the Salvation Army, World War I donut servers, and partially-hydrogenated soybean oil.  Cruller today, gym tomorrow.

By Salon Staff

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