Friday, June 6, 2008

D-Day (Jun. 6) Gets A ‘Hole’ Lot Sweeter

NEWPORT, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – D-Day is taking on a “hole” new meaning today (Jun. 6), because it’s National Donut Day!

National Donut Day falls on the first Friday of June and praises the delectable, sweet snack which gained popularity in the U.S. during WWI and WWII.

Donuts were popularized by the Salvation Army, and served to soldiers in 1917 by their “lassies,” brave volunteers who were sent to the frontlines of Europe to make home-cooked foods for soldiers.

It’s said that the Salvation Army donuts were cooked in oil inside of the metal helmets of American soldiers.

The first National Donut Day was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to raise funds in the midst of The Great Depression, and the “holey” holiday has been celebrated ever since.

According to Ed Chastain, who’s been making donuts for more than 20 years, the best way to celebrate “D-Day” is to make your own donuts, which he dubs a “lost art.”

He says a traditional cake donut is easy to make and offers donut making DVDs, tips, recipes, and an online, interactive baking club on his sites, and

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