There are two official National Doughnut days observed in Australia, however there are actually currently four National Doughnut days observed around the world. The first Friday of June gets things rolling (pun intended) with National Doughnut Day and curiously, a second National Doughnut Day pops up just five months later, on November 5th.
It all started during World War I with volunteers who wanted to support troops on the front lines in France. The Salvation Army dispatched over 250 women there, who found that battle-tested helmets were perfect for frying up to seven doughnuts at a time.
Who would have thought that these helmets could provide two life saving functions?
There are three other Doughnut days, the origins of which are obscure. No one has actually ever tried to find out the origins as it’s just assumed that there was no real reason behind it and people just wanted more doughnuts, and rightfully so.
International Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day is widely recognised as June 8, and National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day is celebrated on September 14. There is an obvious gap in the market between November and June. It might be a good idea to have one March 16th, to line our bellies the day before St Patrick’s Day.
Either way as Homer would say, “More, more, more, more.”