J-Dilla "Last Donut of The Night" (off the Stones Throw album Donuts)
If today you notice a lot more people eating donuts than usual, you are not imagining things. Today is National Doughnut Day. And sure doughnuts (or donuts as they are more commonly spelled) may not the healthiest thing to eat all the time, but they are tasty and if there is only one day in the year you indulge in donuts... today is the day. This unofficial "holiday," which includes free donuts been given away from local donut spots and also national companies like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, was established back in 1938 when The Salvation Army kickstarted this annual unofficial holiday that many credit for spreading the popularity of donuts in America.
National Doughnut Day, which for the past 74 years happens on the first Friday of each June, was initially created by the Salvation Army to commemorate all the early 20th Century wartime female volunteers who served doughnuts and coffee to troops during the First World War. The short video clip below briefly outlines the history. Also below are videos of the Swedish Chef of the Muppet Show's approach to getting the holes in the donuts and the famous "Donut Hell" clip from The Simpsons, featuring the number one donut fan Homer Simpson. Also below is a how-to bake doughnuts tutorial while up above is a video for the last track ("Last Donut of the Night") off the late great J-Dilla's excellent 2006 album Donuts - released (in two different covers - the "donut" and the "smile" covers) a few days before his untimely death. Made by Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen, the clip was the winning video in a contest held by Stones Throw Records last year.
Salvation Army history of National Doughnut Day:
The Swedish Chef on the Muppets How-To Make Donuts Tutorial
The Simpsons "Donut Hell"
How-To Make Homemade Doughnuts