Your Free Donuts Await Today; Scarf ‘Em Up!

SANATOGA PA – Today (Friday, June 2, 2017) is National Donut Day. Bill Parker probably couldn’t be happier.

Parker is one of nine elected members of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors. The majority have little to do with donuts, except occasionally eat them. Parker, on the other hand, lives and sleeps donuts. He’s the owner of Paradise Donuts, 2170 E. High St., and according to his store’s Facebook page he’s ready to give a free treat to the first 20 people who walk in this morning and make any purchase. Better hurry; his shop opens at 6 a.m.

Parker’s even created a new donut flavor, peanut butter and jelly, to commemorate the event.

He’s not alone, of course, in making a big deal out of sweetened dough. There’s donut competition all across western Montgomery County, and it seems like every one of his rivals are also promoting the holes out of this 24-hour period of toothsome bliss.

  • Customers of Dunkin’ Donuts today will get a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. Local Dunkin’ stores are located at 1495 E. High. St., Pottstown; 1601 W. High St., Stowe; 6 Kugler Rd., Limerick; 849 E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown; 2321 Pottstown Pike, Pughtown; 955 Ben Franklin Hwy., Douglassville; 800 Main St., Royersford; and 125 Gravel Pike, Collegeville.
  • Buy 10 dozen (hey, be a big spender and throw a donut party) at Suzy Jo Donuts, 301 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, and get the 11th dozen for free.
  • If you’re hankering for a Krispy Kreme donut in any variety, it’s yours free today as well. You’re going to travel for it, though; the nearest franchise is in Havertown PA, 25 miles away in Delaware County. Want a free Tim Horton’s donut? It’s yours if you buy coffee, and are willing to make an equally distant drive to its store in Allentown.

What began in 1938 as “Doughnut Day” itself had somewhat distant origins, in Chicago.

The event was created to honor a Salvation Army effort to make life a little more bearable for U.S. troops fighting in World War I. Salvation Army female volunteers, nicknamed “Doughnut Girls” or “Donut Lassies” fried the cake goods in soldiers’ helmets and served them up as treats, along with free coffee and personal supplies. It was a huge hit, and the practice continued during World War II. The modern Donut Day is now observed annually on the first Friday in June.

A survey by National Today claims that Americans’ top five donut flavors, in declining order of preference, are Glazed, Boston Cream, Chocolate Frosted, Jelly Filled, and Chocolate Cake.

We’ll take ’em all.

Photo from Paradise Donuts via Facebook

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