Chef Jamie: Make Krispy Kreme style doughnuts at home


Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day. This food holiday celebrates the delicious doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies. In case you didn’t know, the Salvation Army Lassies are the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.


National Doughnut Day origins begin during the First World War. Over 4 million U.S. men and women served during the war, with almost 3 million of those serving overseas. With conflicts taking place in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, WWI was most difficult for troops fighting on the front lines. 

In 1917, a group of women were sent to the front lines in France by The Salvation Army. They were directed to set up field bases near the front lines to try to boost morale among troops. The makeshift “huts” were a place where soldiers could stock up on necessities and get a small break from the fighting. Little did they know The Salvation Army Lassie’s would not only boost morale, but make history in the creation of one of the most celebrated food holidays. 

The women who were working at the field bases felt they wanted to do more than simply restocking troop supplies. They began making home-cooked food for the troops in hopes the food would give them a small taste of home. It was during this time, the Lassies began handing out a sweet baked treat that would become known as The Salvation Army Doughnut. The story says the doughnuts were cooked inside the helmets of the troops, dubbing them as “doughboys”, which was a standard term used for donut. The Donut Lassies are said to be reason we have National Doughnut Day today! 

Try making some with Chef Jamie

Yum. Make the famous Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts from the comfort of your own home? These classic doughnuts have that signature taste, soft, fluffy inside and covered in the famous glaze. If you’re craving these, but want to make them yourself… It’s possible!

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Casey’s National Donut Day Deal

Casey’s rewards members can get a free donut at any store location on June 7. The rewards program is free—you can sign up online or in the Casey’s app. Additionally, from June 7 through June 16, Casey’s is offering a half dozen donuts for only $4.99 for all Rewards members. 

Duck Donuts National Donut Day Deal

Get a free cinnamon sugar donut at Duck Donuts today, no purchase necessary. All locations are participating, but the offer is in-store only.


Customers can get a free doughnut with a purchase of a beverage on Friday.

Dunkin’ has also partnered with the appropriately named singer Jelly Roll to celebrate the holiday with doughnut-themed merchandise on its website. It’s also selling a limited-edition doughnut-shaped sponge for $9.98 it produced with Scrub Daddy.

Krispy Kreme

The chain is making it easy to celebrate: Any of its regular doughnuts, like glazed or cake, are free with no purchase necessary. (It’s limited time Dolly Parton-themed treats are excluded.)

Plus, it’s selling a dozen of its glazed doughnuts for just $2 with the purchase of a regularly priced dozen of doughnuts.


The convenience store and gas station chain with more than 700 locations is offering one free doughnut with a purchase of a coffee, with the deal lasting until Sunday. The offer is only available in its app.

Shipley Do-Nuts

The chain, with more than 300 locations primarily in Texas, is giving out free glazed doughnuts with any purchase.

Taco John’s

Existing members of the regional chain’s rewards program can get free “Mexican Donut Bites” on Friday on in-app and in-store purchases.


Members of its 7Rewards loyalty program get to buy a glazed doughnut for $1 on Friday, with the offer also valid at Speedway and Stripes locations.