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I think I heard your stomach growl just from reading the title. We all know about doughnuts. Circular in shape with the center poked out, deep fried and coated in a variety of different toppings, doughnuts are truly incredible to behold. Doughnuts come in all shapes and sizes: glazed, chocolate, powdered, cream filled, jelly filled, unfilled, whole, holeless, hole-ly exclusive, sprinkled, dusted, extra deep fried, half and half, coffee flavored, and so on and so delicious.

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One would think that the birth of the National Doughnut Day (June 6th this year) would have been as a corporate holiday, a way to boost sales and popularity. So what would you say if I told you that the National Doughnut Day was created in 1938 to honor volunteer's bringing doughnuts troops during World War One? Yes,  a group of brave men and women would travel to hostile environments and war zones to bring soldiers supplies and refreshments of a sweeter nature.That sounds like my kind of hero!

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The morale of the soldiers was immediately boosted and the provisions of doughnuts became extremely popular.  It really is the small things in life, especially when you’re living in the trenches of France circa 1917. This tradition continued into World War Two as well, with the Red Cross sending in women to deliver doughnuts to the troops. These amazing women would come be lovingly known as "Doughtnut Dollies." Imagine the scene- you've been fighting your way across the Europe, and then you return to camp to find a giant box of circular joy smelling like home.  It is in their honor that we continue to celebrate National Doughnut Days.

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Today, this holiday has become very good for consumers and business alike. Shops market themselves by  offering free doughnuts and discounts in celebration, and we the consumers benefit from what can only be described as a second Christmas. Our storefront here in Shadyside is directly across the street from Prantl’s Bakery, and the smell is irresistible. So if you aren’t doing anything this Friday, or even if you are, head out to a Dunkin’ Donuts, Prantl’s, or any bakery and celebrate the one day of the year that you don’t have to feel bad  about eating that extra donut in the middle of the afternoon.

 

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