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Tampa Bay area doughnut shops offering free donuts for National Donut Day on June 2nd

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Posted at 2:44 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 08:15:00-04

June 2nd is National Donut Day. The "holiday" is always celebrated on the first Friday in June. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first Donut Day in 1938.

A number of local and national donut retailers are offering free deals for customers on Friday.

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Little Donut House
4048 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Customers can receive a free 3-pack of mini donuts. Limit one per person while supplies last. No purchase is necessary.

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Datz Dough
2602 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Customers can receive one complimentary classic-style doughnut per person (while supplies last). Choose from vanilla sprinkle, chocolate sprinkle, glazed, red velvet, blue majestic, cinnamon, chocolate iced, and more.

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The Donut Experiment
210 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Receive one free Cinnamon Sugar donut with any purchase.

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Salvation Army Family Stores
9926 E. Adamo Dr.,Brandon
915 S. Florida Ave.,Lakeland
2815 S. MacDill Ave.,Tampa
13910 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
27040 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
In honor of the centennial National Donut Day, five Tampa Bay area Salvation Army Family Stores will be handing out free donuts beginning at 10:00 a.m. while supplies last. The Salvation Army is asking customers share a selfie of themselves enjoying their free donut on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GivingIsSweet.

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Nicola's Donuts & More
902 W. Busch Blvd., Tampa
5:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Customers can get a chance to win a dozen doughnuts by submitting a reason to win on the company's Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Jupiter Donut Co.
32130 US Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Customers can receive a free glazed or cake donut with the purchase of any drink. There will have a special Covfefe donut to celebrate the weekend.

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Dunkin' Donuts
Multiple Tampa Bay area locations
Store hours vary
Customers can receive one free Classic Donut with beverage purchase.

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Krispy Kreme
2128 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon
4209 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
9100 4th Street North, St. Petersburg
8425 North Florida Ave., Tampa
Store hours vary by location
Customers can select one free doughnut from the entire menu all day.

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Cumberland Farms
5244 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill
3944 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills
Customers at participating “new concept” and remodeled Cumberland Farms can receive a free doughnut with purchase of any dispensed beverage, which includes hot or iced coffee, fountain or frozen beverages from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m.

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Wawa
Multiple Tampa Bay area locations
Stores open 24 hours
Wawa Rewards members will receive a bonus reward for a free doughnut with purchase of a coffee.

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Mini Doughnut Factory
2109 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The store will "dough-nate" a portion of the purchase of a mini doughnut sales on June 2 to local Salvation Army children's programs.

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The Hole Donuts
On Saturday, June 3, Hole Donuts will be set up at the Summer Series Indoor June Market inside the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. the first four dozen customers can receive a free small doughnut.

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Entenmann's is celebrating National Donut Day by giving you a chance to win a year's supply of donuts by showing off your basketball passing or shooting skills. For official rules and how to enter, click here: www.entenmanns.com/en/nationaldonutday

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National Donut Day was established by the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938 to raise money for the Great Depression and commemorate the work of Salvation Army volunteers who helped feed soldiers during the First World War.

During World War I, Salvation Army "lassies" traveled to the front lines in Europe making home cooked foods, including doughnuts for troops. They were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines.

The "lassies" often put cooked the doughnuts in oil using soldiers' metal helmets.

On the Salvation Army's website, the organization posted the following original doughnut recipe used by "lassies" during World War:

Salvation Army Lassies' Doughnut Recipe
Yield: 4 dozen doughnuts
5 cups flour
2 cups sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ of salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1 tablespoon lard

Directions:
Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.

Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)

Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.

When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off. Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

To learn more about National Donut Day, visit centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayhistory/.