CHICAGO — If you have a sweet tooth, go ahead and rejoice — today is National Donut Day.
The day was started by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938.
It honors the group’s “Donut Lassies,” who served treats and provided help to soldiers on the front lines during World War I.
Jumping on the marketing bandwagon, donut shops and chains across the U.S. are offering free donuts or a free donut with the purchase of a beverage.
Here’s where you can get your free donut:
Dunkin’ Donuts — Get a free doughnut with the purchase of any drink.
Krispy Kreme — The sweet shop is handing out free doughnuts, whether you buy something or not.
Cumberland Farms — Snag a free doughnut when you buy any coffee or “Chill Zone” drink.
Entemann’s — Enter through Facebook for a chance to win free doughnuts for a year.
This is not the only donut day of the year.
There’s also a “National Doughnut Day” in November, which simply celebrates the treat.
And in case you were wondering, doughnuts didn’t always have that hole in the middle.
It wasn’t until 1847 that the holed-out doughnut we know and love today appeared.
16-year-old Hanson Gregory claimed credit for the change.
Tired of eating doughnuts with a raw center, he used a pepper pot to punch out holes to help his doughnuts cook more evenly.