National Donut Day is Friday and in honor of their big day, donut shops across the nation — including many in Metro Atlanta — will hand out free donuts to customers.
With more than 30 locations in the D.C. area, Dunkin' Donuts is on board with the holiday. For a free donut, you'll need to purchase a beverage (hot or cold), according to their "Behind the Beans" blog. You might want to do this in the morning. They say that they'll hand out one free donut of your choice "while supplies last." (Could Dunkin' Donuts ever really run out of donuts?) Find your nearest store using their restaurant locator.
Dunkin' Donuts has seven locations within 10 miles of South Cobb, with the closest location at 3300 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna. The chain has about 35 varieties of donuts, depending on the location and size of the store.
Krispy Kreme, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, is offering a sweet deal: All you have to do is show up, no purchase necessary, for a free donut of your choice (one per customer).
Some Krispy Kreme locations make 2,500 dozen donuts each weekday and 4,000 on weekends.
The most popular donut at Krispy Kreme is the Original Glaze, also known as the "Hot Glaze." If you want to step outside your donut comfort zone, try Krispy Kreme's newest flavor: Key Lime Kreme Pie or Glazed Lemon Cake.
The national day itself, always celebrated on the first Friday of June each year, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
The Salvation Army this year is teaming up with baking company Entenmann's to help celebrate National Donut Day; Entenmann's will donate proceeds from sales and offer customers a chance to win free donuts for a year, by entering a contest on its Facebook page. Entenmann's donuts can be found at area grocery stores.
Follow more National Donut Day doings on Twitter at: #DoughnutDay or #DonutDay. You can also visit donutdayusa.com.