The single most important day of the year is upon us, and it's a national holiday that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Happy National Doughnut Day to all, and to all a free deep-fried and sweetened piece of dough. Yes, that's correct, there are free doughnuts involved. Today across the nation we celebrate and honor the delicious pastry that has made the world go round since its inception in the early 1800's.

Before you begin your search, however, for the nearest participating doughnut shop, take a couple of minutes to channel your inner doughnut by learning how you can make the most of this sacred day.





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    Brush Up With a Brief History Lesson

    National Doughnut Day commemorates the Doughnut Day event created in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army of Chicago. The primary goal of the event was to help the needy during the Great Depression, but moreover, to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

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    Decide on Your Freebie

    As you may recall from past experience, walking into a doughnut shop requires a certain amount of self-restraint. Sure, there is a wide variety of cream-filled pastry delights, but on this particular day, you are only given one pick. So, make it count!

    If you're feeling old fashioned, stick with a plain cake-style doughnut that has a bit more crunch on the outside. Its sweet base and dense texture will leave you feeling satisfied, yet wanting more.

    If you're feeling a bit daring, go all out with a churro. Yes, a churro. Now you're probably asking yourself why I included this crisp, sugar coated sweet treat in the doughnut category, but since it falls under the "sweet fried dough" umbrella, I find it quite apropos.

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    If You're Really Spirited, Make Your Own Doughnuts

    While it may not be the most traditional way to celebrate this holiday, making your own doughnuts can provide you with a fun, entertaining activity suitable for the whole family.

    For a simple, easy recipe of homemade glazed doughnuts, follow this link.