Did you know the Salvation Army started National Doughnut Day in 1939?

It’s sugary, powdery, fried, sweet, and sometimes topped with delicious icing. Every year, doughnut lovers celebrate the day dedicated to the treat on the first Friday of June. But for those who don’t know, the unofficial holiday was created back in 1939 by the Salvation Army.

The Chicago chapter wanted to honor the "Salvation Army Lassies," who served free coffee and doughnuts to soldiers along the front lines during World War I. 

When the volunteers realized it would be hard to serve fresh baked goods, and because they had limited resources, they decided to fry the treats in soldiers' helmets, which boosted the soldiers' morale, according to the Salvation Army.

Thus, Doughnut Day became an unofficial holiday. 

The ingredients for the original Salvation Army WWI Doughnut include: 

  • 1 large egg
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon salt
  • 7/8 cup milk
  • 1/2 tub lard (because it is no longer 1917, we actually recommend using healthier options like vegetable or coconut oil)

The recipe yields 2 dozen donuts.