Going hole hog: Today is National Doughnut Day, but not many freebies around


It's National Doughnut Day, and you can probably guess how people are celebrating. The holiday is traditionally marked on the first Friday of June.

The nation's largest doughnut chain, Dunkin' Donuts, is offering patrons a free doughnut with the purchase of a drink. The company notes that National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

In Minnesota, that means a trek to the Dunkin' Donuts store in Rochester. But there may be more options for the annual holiday in coming years. In April, the Star Tribune reported the chain plans a major expansion in Minnesota, with multiple outlets planned in theT win Cities metro, and additional Dunkin' Donuts stores planned in Duluth and in northern Minnesota, from Brainerd to the Iron Range.

Krispy Kreme is also offering a freebie today, but the chain no longer has Minnesota stores.

USA Today finds that Americans consume 10 billion doughnuts annually; do the math and that means each one of us eats 31 each year.

WCCO prepared a list of the best donuts to be found around Minnesota. They include pastries at YoYo Donuts in Minnetonka, Tobie's Bakery in Hinckley, and the newly-reopened Hans Bakery in Anoka.

KARE asked viewers for their faves, and fans chimed in with their preferences, which include treats from the Blue Egg Bakery in Elk River and the World's Best Donuts in Grand Marais.

USA Today also put together a list of the nation's best doughnut shops, and named Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis to its top ten. The paper cites a few standouts in the shop's case, praising the "Chart Topper" (peanut butter and Sriracha sauce), "Daddy Dearest" (a cake doughnut with Surly beer, Surly Bender glaze and bacon crumb topping), "Flirty Frenchie" (with espresso cream cheese) and "Night Moves" (blackberry jam, blackberry Hennessy and brown sugar bits).

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