National Donut Day - How to get a free donut today

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1872: New England sea captain John F. Blondel patents the first doughnut-hole machine, in which a spring-loaded tube pushed the dough out of the cake's middle.

TROY - TROY – Here's all you need to turn National Donut Day into a social media event with your friends.  Did I mention you can also get free donuts today?

 The history of these sweet treats goes back to ancient Rome and Greece. National Donut Day came about during World War I. The website, TheHistoryKitchen tells how, "Doughnuts took on a patriotic resonance on the front lines of World War I, when female Salvation Army workers known as "Doughnut Girls" would fry and distribute doughnuts to the American soldiers fighting in France. They offered a taste of home to the soldiers, who became known as "Doughboys." Doughnut Girls were replaced by "Doughnut Dollies" during World War II."

 So here's where to get the freebies and share the day with your friends.

 Krispy Kreme 

1 free doughnut of any variety at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations No purchase necessary.

Twitter: @KrispyKreme #NationalDoughnutDay 

 Krispy Kreme locator:

 Dunkin' Donuts 

1 free donut of your choice with any drink purchase at all US locations and at locations at all other 31 countries where there are Dunkin' Donuts..

Twitter: @DunkinDonuts #nationaldonutday

 Dunkin' Donuts locator:

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons has 20 unique varieties of donuts, two of the most popular flavors being the Apple Fritter and the Dutchie. Use this  Tim Hortons printable coupon to try one of these tasty donuts free with any purchase on National Donut Day. Find a location here.