Would you try a bacon donut? Today, it’s not so crazy to come across one. There are few reasons to eat whatever the hell you want and #NationalDonutDay (NDD) is one of them. According to National Day Calendar, NDD was created in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army Lassies, women who volunteered to serve donuts to the troops during WWI—let’s not unpack the obvious right now. The special day always falls on the first Friday of June and is the only 24 hours you get a pass to walk around with a dozen donuts just for yourself.
While glaze, powdered and chocolate donuts are always delicious choices but makes you worry about derailing your diet, NDD is a time when you shouldn’t worry about that six-pack. “It’s only once a year,” says Melissa Miller, a manager at Dough, a handmade artisanal doughnut bakery in New York City that offers tasty mashups, such as Gin & Tonic and Lemon-Ginger. “I like everything about the day because it really showcases the craft and the dedication we put into everything. You can always get the regulars. Today is a day to give something new a try. You won’t regret it.”
Need a little inspiration? Check out these delectable options and hit your local bakery stat!
I like everything about the day because it really showcases the craft and the dedication we put into to everything.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: Assuage your guilt (note: veggie alert) and satisfy your tastebuds with The Doughnut Project’s Blueberry & Parsnip donut—a new addition for the season.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: Almond and chocolate lovers will lick their fingers in delight if they hunt for mashups like Almond Joy, which is offered at Dunwell Donuts.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: Moe’s Doughs Donut Shop applies the everything bagel concept to donuts with its signature Rainbow flavor that includes red velvet, strawberry, pistachio and sour cream cake flavors.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: Nutella much? This creme-filled confection featured at Dough guarantees a rich bite and is topped with powdered sugar.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: Giving new meaning to stacking your cake, Dough’s cheesecake donut combines two crave-inducing treats—and the top is dusted with orange zest, pure vanilla extract and graham crackers.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: If you’re into nuts/seeds—take your mind out of the gutter—try combos like this pistachio crusted donut, which is offered at Moe’s Doughs Donut Shop.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: More cronut than donut, the Paris-New York includes chocolate, peanut butter and caramel is a favorite pick at Dominque Ansel Bakery.
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE: The Doughnut Plant’s Red Velvet donut—frosted in cream cheese— is the perfect remix for fans of the trendy cake flavor.
It’s #NationalDonutDay, so go indulge.