Friday is a day for sweet treats and savings that won’t put a hole in your pocket.
It’s National Donut Day – aka National Doughnut Day – and restaurants, including Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, are marking the annual made-up food holiday with fried freebies and other deals.
The day of the pastry was established in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army Donut Lassies, women who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. It’s traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June.
Krispy Kreme will give all customers a free doughnut Friday but vaccinated customers can get two freebies when they present proof that they received a COVID-19 vaccine.
The chain, whose headquarters is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is making every day feel like Doughnut Day with its vaccine incentive program. Since the program began in March, Krispy Kreme says it has given away more than 1.5 million glazed doughnuts.
Vaccinated customers can continue to get free glazed doughnuts through the end of 2021 when they flash their vaccination card.
National Doughnut Day 2021 deals
Participation and offers can vary by location and are only available while supplies last. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location.
DiGiorno: The Nestle brand has a new “pizza + donut mashup” dubbed the DiGiornut and is giving it away through a Twitter sweepstakes Friday. To enter, fans can reply to @DiGiorno’s tweet with #sweepstakes for a chance to score a half-dozen box.
Duck Donuts: Get a free bare, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar donut Friday, no purchase necessary. All locations are participating.
Dunkin‘: Purchase any beverage Friday and get a free classic donut of your choice, while supplies last. Dunkin’ dropped its #NationalDonutDay collection Thursday with limited-edition customizable donut-themed fashions at Shopdunkin.com.
Entenmann’s Donuts: Now through June 21, enter for a chance to win and give a year’s supply of donuts and other prizes to a deserving father figure by nominating them for the first “EntenMAN of the Year” Father’s Day Contest. The brand says the person can be “male or female; dad, coach, teacher or any inspiring person in their life.” Five nominees will be chosen for a chance to win the title, a year’s supply of Entenmann’s Donuts and an all-expenses-paid Daytona Race Trip package. The remaining finalists and nominators will all win free Entenmann’s Donuts for a year. Enter at EntenmanOfTheYear.com.
Krispy Kreme: All customers get any doughnut for free Friday, no purchase necessary, and get a $1 Original Glazed dozen with any dozen doughnuts purchase. It’s possible to get two doughnuts for free without a purchase Friday if you’ve received at least one COVID-19 shot as Krispy Kreme will honor its free Original Glazed doughnut offer when you show a valid vaccination card.
Maverik Adventure’s First Stop: All donuts, including the new and limited-time “Pinkalicious” donut, will be $1 Friday, excluding raspberry fritters.
Shipley Do-Nuts: Get one free glazed “Do-Nut” with any purchase from 5 a.m. to noon Friday, while supplies last.
Smokey Bones: Get a free Bag O’ Donuts with any $40 purchase Friday.
Tim Hortons: This donut day deal starts Thursday and continues through June 15. Registered rewards members get one classic or specialty donut for 50 cents with any eligible purchase over 50 cents when they scan for rewards in restaurants, place a mobile or delivery order.
More deals: Locally-owned businesses and smaller chains also may have deals Friday. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check social media channels.
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