Woo-hoo! Celebrate National Doughnut Day with free doughnuts!

It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's National Doughnut Day and that means you can get free doughnuts at participating doughnut stores around the country!

We're taking a break from politics to discuss something much more important: Free doughnuts!

We obviously don't need to tell you that today is National Doughnut Day. The annual holiday -- started 71 years ago -- was created as a way to raise money for the Chicago Salvation Army. And like any great holiday it continues on, year after year.

And why shouldn't it? Americans love their doughnuts -- consuming more than 10 million of them annually.

For the small minority of people who aren't aware of this hopefully soon-to-be federal holiday, it is celebrated on the first Friday of every June.


To observe this glorious "holey" day, a number of doughnut stores are offering their confections on the house.

Take a tip: Drop by Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme.

On a budget? Krispy Kreme might be the best location. They don't require you to buy anything. Dunkin Donuts on the other hand requires you to buy a coffee or other drink to qualify for a free doughnut. That's still not a bad deal though. Who are we to criticize?

Another helpful tip: Both businesses have store finders on their respective websites. If there are many locations in your area, perhaps you could go on a doughnut "world tour" for the day. You know, hop from store to store loading up free doughnuts. Make a game out of it. See how much weight you can pack on in a day.


If you're in the Portland area, the place to go is Voodoo Doughnuts. Although they don't have any free giveaways, you can take the Texas Doughnut challenge. That is if you can eat their Texas doughnut in under 80 seconds, you get it free. They tell us the $3.95 doughnut is the equivalent of six regular sized doughnuts so it's important to bring your appetite and your snarfing talents.

But why not make it a romantic outing? Bring that special someone with you. And while you're gorging on twin Texas Donuts, take advantage of their Deluxe Legal Voodoo Wedding. For only $300, not only will they perform a legal wedding ceremony, but they'll provide the chapel, free parking, doughnut centerpiece, bride and grooms names on the doughnuts, and enough doughnuts for 60 people.

Don't live near Portland? For the low, low price of $4,500, they'll fly you out to Portland, provide hotel accomodations, and a tour of Voodoo Doughnuts. What's more romantic than that?


And while we're on the topic, we send a hearty congratulations out to Jeff Hager of Hoover, Alabama. He won Dunkin' Donuts first-ever "Create Dunkin's Next Donut Contest."

Hager created "Toffee for Your Coffee" -- a glazed, sour cream cake donut topped with chopped Heath Bar. Wanna know more about his doughnut? Watch the video below.


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