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National Donut Day 2023 freebies, deals and promotions: Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme...

One of the most delicious holidays is upon us, National Donut Day! Find out where you can find deals and freebies at your favorite doughnut shop.

National Donut Day 2023 deals and freebies

One of the most delicious holidays is upon us, National Donut Day! Doughnut venders like Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme and Tim Hortons will be offering deals on the scrumptious pastries they offer which we’ll share with you. But to what and who do we owe this generosity on the sweet delights?

Celebrated on the first Friday of June every year, National Donut Day is a tribute to The Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies”. The event was started in 1938 in Chicago to help raise funds for the organization’s continuing support programs.

Eighty-plus years later the annual celebration can be enjoyed at numerous locations around the US and Canada just about anywhere doughnuts can be found. Big and small retailers are offering discounts and freebies here’s a look at what’s on offer at some of the national chains.


Dunkin’, formerly called Dunkin’ Donuts, says that because “America runs on free donuts,” on Friday 2 June customers will be getting just that. For National Donut Day 2023 customers can get a free classic donut, be it frosted, glazed, filled, or sprinkled doughnut, with the purchase of a beverage. The deal is available at participating locations and while supplies last.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is celebrating National Donut Day 2023 with multiple offers on Friday 2 June. Customers in the US and Canada can enjoy their favorite doughnut on the house. Additionally, if one isn’t enough, as a special bonus offer, the doughnut company will let you purchase an Original Glazed dozen for just $2 with the purchase of any dozen in store and online for pickup or delivery at participating locations. For customers who order online, they are advised to put two dozen in their cart and use the required promo code: BOGO2.

Tim Hortons

Tim’s or Timmies, Canada’s largest quick-serve food chain, is offering a free donut voucher to redeem on your next order, Dream Donuts not eligible, to Tims Rewards Members online or through the Tim Hortons App and purchase a doughnut. Customers can claim their free doughnut on their next visit and the deal is good through Sunday.


The go-to convenience store usually offers a buy one, get one free deal on donuts to customers who sign up or already have 7Rewards or Speedy Rewards. You’ll want to check with the one in your area if it is a participating location.

Who were The Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies”?

In 1917, around 250 volunteers went overseas to France to as part of The Salvation Army’s mission to provide spiritual and emotional support to US Soldiers fighting in the trenches. They set up huts near to the front lines where the troops could stock up on essential goods and supplies, as well as a sweet treat to brighten their day.

Since the conditions weren’t ideal for baking, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance came up with the idea of frying doughnuts using soldiers’ helmets. And thus was born the “Doughnut Lassies” whose actions are also credited with the increased popularity of the pastry in the United States after the war.


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