National Donut Day: A Holiday We Need

. June 2, 2017.

There’s a national day for (almost) everything, and 90% of the time they aren’t worth celebrating.

National Gardening Exercise Day (what does this even mean?) is planted on June 6. National Read in The Bathtub Day bubbles up on February 9. National Tell A Lie Day is on April 6 (or is it?). National Rounds Resounding Day rounds up on August 1. Following, August 2 is National Figure Out What Yesterday Meant Day. (Just kidding on that one, but it does seem pretty easy to get a holiday).

Fortunately, the icing on the… pasty is today: National Donut Day.

Rounding out the weird, and sometimes cool— like National Watermelon Day, on August 3— June 2nd’s celebration means you officially have the perfect excuse to buy an entire dozen donuts to eat by yourself.

Of course, there are significantly less depressing ways to celebrate the Circle of the Gods.

Here’s how we’re celebrating (in between our personal dozens).

The Second Annual Maumee Bay Brew Co. tap takeover/National Doughnut Day Celebration.

Head to the Orchard Inn (2804 W. Sylvania Ave.) for a Maumee Bay tap takeover. They’re bringing 12 pub-exclusive beers that will be paired with beer-infused donuts, prepared by Kathy’s Confections and Maumee Bay’s pastry chef. Hang out from now until close.

Heading to Café Donuts

I can only say good things about this place. Café Donuts bakes their perfect pastries twice a day to ensure unbelievably delicious, frill-free goodies. Opt for your Homer Simpson-approved donut with pink frosting and sprinkles, truly-magical cronuts, or my personal favorite: double-chocolate frosted cake donut. They also have great deals, but I don’t want to tell you about them because you really have to go there to find out what the fuss is about.

Stopping by the Holey Toledough Handcrafted Doughnuts Food Truck

Go get yourself the fanciest donut in town from Toledo’s favorite. Today, they will be parked at 2040 Ottawa River Rd., in front of the River Diner. Make sure to catch them all weekend during the Old West End Festival in the main food court area.

Finding free donuts

Major chains are celebrating by giving luke-warm deals on their tasteless, soulless donuts. If you don’t have strong feelings about mass-produced donuts, fine. Head to one of these to take advantage of the deal. Of course, all deals are “at participating locations, while supplies last”— so donut you dare get mad if you can’t get a free Dunkin’ Donut. (blech). Anyway, here’s the scoop:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage.
  • Krispy Kreme is just handing out donuts. Get one free donut at participating locations.
  • Tim Hortons will give you a free classic donut if you buy a coffee and mention “National Donut Day.”

Making healthy, baked donuts

Just kidding. We won’t be doing anything like that.