Donut forget! Tomorrow, Friday, June 2, is going to be a sweet day because it’s National Donut Day!

While it seems there are many new food and beverage holidays showing up every day, National Donut Day has been around for quite some time. Started by the Salvation Army in 1938, Doughnut Day began as a way to honor volunteers who served doughnuts to soldiers during the first world war. The event has grown and is now celebrated widely. Many donut chain restaurants offer free or discounted donuts each year on the first Friday of June.

Or, if you're feeling like going the DIY route, here is a recipe from with a prep time of 14 minutes and a cook time of just 2 minutes, you can have homemade donuts in under 10 minutes.


2 tablespoons white vinegar
3/8 cup milk
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 quart oil for deep frying
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Stir the vinegar into the milk, and let stand for a few minutes until thick.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture alternating with the vinegar and milk. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut into doughnuts using a donut cutter. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry doughnuts in the hot oil until golden, turning over once. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar while they are still warm, and serve immediately.

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