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National Doughnut Day 2017: Free Doughnuts, Deals & More

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National Doughnut Day 2017
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If ever there were a time to pound doughnuts all day long, it's now: The first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day. But don't write it off as just another food holiday. This tradition is rooted in Donut Lassies, Salvation Army volunteers who used doughnuts to boost soldiers' morale during both World Wars.

Here are 10 places around the country that are offering great deals, free doughnuts and plenty of goodwill, so you can fry high on June 2.

① Krispy Kreme

There's no need to buy anything at this classic spot: Just park yourself outside the nearest location, wait for the Hot Light to turn on, then run inside to get your free doughnut on. Multiple locations


② Dunkin' Donuts

National Doughnut Day runs on Dunkin', too. Get a free classic doughnut when you purchase any beverage. Multiple locations


③ Rider

The doughnuts at this popular Williamsburg bistro are only $2 during breakfast and lunch, so stop in for one (or three) of its flavor-of-the-day, which could be anything from earthy lemon-fennel or salted brown butter and almond. New York

 

BRB, desperately seeking donuts (with a side of avocado toast) �� #brunch #goals �:: @breadbutternyc

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④ Doughnut Plant

The New York staple is handing out free festively sprinkled mini cake doughnuts with any purchase until it runs out, so now's your excuse to finally try the Doughflowers everyone's been talking about. New York 

 

� by @themunchbae | Still craving these Doughflowers from #doughnutplant They taste just as great as they look �

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⑤ Underwest Donuts

Get a free mini doughnut with any purchase at this cult-favorite shop, which is also launching a new caramel corn doughnut: a corn cake doughnut topped with caramel glaze and caramel popcorn. New York 


⑥ Stan's Donuts

Buy anything at Stan's and get a free doughnut. We suggest you go get a cup of ice cream, take your freebie and turn it into one excellent ice cream sandwich. Chicago

 

�I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven When I awoke I spent it on a donut.� #IMissTheOldFashionedKanye

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⑦ Glazed and Infused

You get a coupon for a free vanilla bean glazed doughnut with any purchase, redeemable for 30 days—though with tempting options like matcha cream and red velvet, it probably won't last more than a week. There's also a special Salvation Army doughnut, of which 50 percent of proceeds will go to the Chicago division. Chicago 


⑧ The Salvation Army

From San Francisco to Canton, Ohio, various local branches of the national philanthropic organization are giving away doughnuts. Get in on the action and share your doughnut photo on social media with the hashtag #GivingIsSweet. Multiple locations


⑨ Birdies

Follow and tag the store's account on Instagram, and you could win a gold doughnut—which, valued at $100, is a pretty good deal. Stay golden, Birdies. Los Angeles


⑩ Randy's Donuts

Some places, like Randy's in L.A., are encouraging people to make a donation to support the Salvation Army. And what better way to pay it forward than by eating a doughnut? Los Angeles

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