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Today Is National Donut Day! Here Are All the Tasty Deals You Can't Miss!

Get free treats from Dunkin' Donuts, Duck Donuts, LaMar's Donuts, and more today.
National Donut Day 2018

Food holidays happen almost every day, but only a few actually let you score tons of discounted or free goodies. National Donut Day — or "free donut day" as some people might know it — has some particularly delicious deals, and it's today! Read on to see where you can find today's tastiest treats.

Donut Day's Surprising History

The food holiday authorities have actually blessed us with two donut holidays each year. However, the one happening today not only has the clearer history, but also the best deals. (The other one falls in November, FYI.)

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During World War I, the Salvation Army had volunteers known as "dough lassies," who served donuts to the soldiers. Chicago's branch of the organization started National Doughnut Day in 1938 to serve as a fundraiser. They wanted to assist the needy during the Great Depression, and also honor these women's contributions.

Doughnut vs. Donut

Simmer down, grammar enthusiasts. Both versions of the word are completely acceptable. Admittedly, "doughnut" came first, popping up around 1809. But "donut" is a variant spelling of the original term, and it's been around since 1870 — although it didn't become popular until the 1920s.

If seeing the word spelled "donut" makes your eye twitch, you can probably thank Dunkin' Donuts for boosting the popularity of this variation.

Where to Find Deals on National Donut Day

Cumberland Farms
The convenience store chain is once again celebrating National Donut Day by offering customers a free doughnut when they purchase a dispensed beverage between 5 am and 10 am local time. You can choose from a few doughnut flavors, such as Blueberry Cake, Glazed, Cocoa Coated, and Cocoa Filled. Find a location near you.

Daylight Donuts
Select locations will be offering a free donut today. You might have to buy a drink to snag your tasty treat, though. Click here to find a location near you, and consider calling ahead to see if they're participating before heading out.

Duck Donuts
This chain is offering one free donut with no purchase necessary — just pick from bare, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar. Plus, you'll also receive a buy one, get one free donut coupon (redeemable before June 17, 2018). Find your nearest location here.

Duffy's Sports Grill
Swing by this Florida restaurant chain and receive a free basket of red velvet mini donuts when you purchase two meals. Find a location near you here.

Dunkin' Donuts
Once again, Dunkin' Donuts is giving customers a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day today at participating restaurants.

This year, the bakery brand is hosting a contest to find a Chief Donut Officer. Enter to win on the site. If you win, you'll get more than just a sweet title — you'll also win $5,000, Entenmann's branded gear, and a 1-year supply of Entenmann's donuts. There will be four runners-up, too; they'll each receive $1,000 and a year of free donuts.

Fractured Prune
Pick up a free OC Sand donut today at participating stores. Click here to find your nearest location. The OC Sand donut is honey-glazed and coated in cinnamon sugar.

Honey Dew Donuts
Swing by the New England chain today and purchase a medium or larger drink. In return, you'll receive a free S'More donut. Click here to find a location near you.

Krispy Kreme
For 2018, this chain has decided to celebrate once again. You can take advantage of National Donut Day and treat yourself to one free donut of your choice today — no purchase necessary.

LaMar's Donuts
Visit the website to print out your Golden Ticket. Then head to a participating location today to pick up a free donut, no purchase necessary! Note that this offer doesn't include specialty donuts. Click here to find a location near you.

Papa John's
The pizza chain is introducing donut holes for the summer. Order any pizza online today, and you'll receive a free order of donut holes. Can't get enough of the bite-size dessert? Starting June 2, you'll receive a free order of donut holes whenever you purchase two pizzas online and use the coupon code "DONUT". Additionally, order the donut holes between June 2 and June 30 online or via the app, and you'll have the chance to enter to win a vacation to Donut Island, which is in New Zealand.

Rise Biscuits Donuts
Although they're not giving out a freebie, the Southern/Mid-Atlantic chain will be helping those in need today. Treat yourself to a Chocolate Icing Donut, as Rise will be donating 100% of sales of the donut all day to a local food bank. Find your nearest location here.

Shipley Do-Nuts
Celebrate the day at this national chain. Swing by a participating location from 5 am to noon local time and pick up one free glazed donut with any purchase. Click here to find your nearest location.

Southeastern Grocers Stores
If you're near a BI-LO, Fresco y Mas, Harveys, or Winn-Dixie, you can stock up on donuts today for 50% off. Plus, take a moment to comment on their respective pages for a chance to win free donuts for a year.

Sugar Shack Donuts
Today at participating locations, show your military ID to receive a free house or cake donut. (And remember that you can get military discounts and freebies on other days, too!)

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The Donut Experiment
This is a small chain, but if you're fortunate enough to live near one of their locations, you can snag a sweet freebie with your purchase today. Participating locations will be offering a free cinnamon sugar donut with any purchase. Click here to see your nearest location.

Tim Hortons
If you want free treats from Tim Hortons, you'll have to hunt for them. You'll also have to be in one of the three areas where they're celebrating. According to The Detroit News, five participating Tim Hortons in the Metro Detroit, Buffalo, New York, and Columbus, Ohio, areas will be giving away Gold Timbits. The first person to find the correct location and ask for "Gold Timbits" today will be rewarded with free donuts for a year.

Gold Timbits are "honey-dipped doughnut holes covered in edible 24-karat gold," according to the article. They aren't for sale, and no purchase is necessary to participate.

The megaretailer expects to give out 1.2 million glazed donuts today, so stop by your local Walmart to get your free donut. Click here to find your nearest location.

Readers, what's your favorite type of donut? How will you celebrate National Donut Day this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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