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National Donut Day Is Here! Here's How to Get Free Donuts at Krispy Kreme

There are plenty of places to score treats today, but only a couple donut dealers have a true freebie.
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National Doughnut Day freebies

Food holidays are a prime opportunity to score delicious deals, often for free or at a significant discount. Today, June 2, is one of our personal favs — National Donut Day, which offers celebrants tons of tasty treats.

Read on for all the places you'll need to visit today if you want to take full advantage of this holiday's sweet freebies.

More Than Just Another Food Holiday

There are actually a couple of Donut Days, but the one in June is the one with a real history. (The other is in November, FYI.) During World War I, the Salvation Army had what they referred to as "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, but they also wanted to honor the Lassies' contributions.

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Doughnut vs. Donut

Grammar enthusiasts beware — both versions of the word are completely acceptable. Admittedly, "doughnut" came first, popping up around 1809. But "donut" is just a variant spelling of the original term, and it's been around almost as long. It's documented as early as 1870, although it didn't become popular until the 1920s. If seeing the word spelled as "donut" makes your eye twitch, you can probably thank Dunkin' Donuts for boosting the popularity of the variation.

All the National Donut Day Offers

Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is one of the only places offering a true freebie today. Once again, you're able to nab a doughnut of your choosing, with no purchase necessary. (It's the perfect time to treat yourself to a chocolate glazed with sprinkles, if you ask us.)

Dunkin' Donuts
If you don't mind shelling out a little dough, you can buy a drink at this doughnut chain and score a classic doughnut for free. Classic doesn't just mean glazed, either — choose from favorites like vanilla cake batter, frosted with rainbow sprinkles, Boston Kreme, jelly, and more.

Duck Donuts
This chain is known for made-to-order vanilla cake doughnuts that are then customized with various coatings, toppings, and drizzles. Pop into your nearest location (find it here) and get a free doughnut of your choice with any purchase. Plus, receipts printed today will also feature an exclusive coupon: buy one half-dozen and get a second half-dozen for free.

Cumberland Farms
Head to one of the chain's newly remodeled locations through the northeast and Florida to bag a free doughnut bright and early today. Between 5 am and 10 am local time, buy a dispensed beverage (choose from Farmhouse Blend coffee, a HYPERFREEZE, or a fountain drink), and get a doughnut of your choice for free.

LaMar's Donuts
Although no purchase is necessary, LaMar's is taking donations for The Salvation Army in order to help the organization provide millions of meals to children this summer. Any donation amount is appreciated, and you can donate any time. But today only, you can print this golden ticket and head to your nearest location. Show the ticket to nab any doughnut with a hole for free.

Entenmann's
Enter to win free doughnuts for a year from the classic bakery company. For every entry into the sweepstakes, Entenmann's will donate $1 to Feeding America (up to $10,000).

Live in or close to New York City? Swing by Times Square on Broadway between 43rd and 44th today from 7 am to 1 pm. You'll bag a free doughnut, as well as the chance to win prizes.

Tim Horton's
Purchase a brewed hot or iced coffee today and you'll receive a classic doughnut for free. You have to mention "National Donut Day" to redeem this offer (which could be hard with a mouth full of pastry), and it's available only while supplies last. Click here to find a location near you.

Fractured Prune
Hooray! It's another true freebie. You can pick up a free "OC Sand" doughnut at participating locations today. This chain can be found in seven states.

Shipley Do-Nuts
Looking for more sweet treats? Pop into a participating Shipley location from 5 am to noon local time, and you'll bag a free glazed donut with any purchase.

Readers, what's your favorite kind of donut? How are you celebrating National Donut Day? Share your plans in the comments below!


Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
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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3 comments
Allyson
@dealnews-jramhold (DealNews): Yes, I saw some specific hours listed, but I guess it seems like it's too good to be true for places which don't have listed hours.
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@Allyson
We noted the hours when they were specified, but not all of the offers had that distinction. If specific hours weren't noted, that might mean the offer is running all day. Hope you get a chance to grab something sweet today!
Allyson
Anyone know if these offers have certain hours? I work until 9PM ET so I'm guessing the offers will have ended way before then.Thanks!