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June 3, 2008

Free doughnuts!!!

FreeKrispy.jpgOK, free doughnut. Apparently Friday is National Doughnut Day (who knew?) and Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut per customer at "participating locations." I hope that doesn't mean two locations in California.

Anyway, I assumed this was a holiday Krispy Kreme made up, not that there's anything wrong with that, but not so. Here's what the press release said:

National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise funds during the Great Depression and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts for thousands of soldiers. National Doughnut Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June.

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton) 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:06 AM | | Comments (17)


I will be sure to pass this on to my 16 y.o. son who is always happy to receive all things free. You'll have made his day, EL!

We need Phillips to sponsor free crabcake day :)

It is "Crab Week!"

The few Krispy Kreme locations that I know of in the area shut down last year. Are there any left??

Just a heads up to folks that may want to head out to the KK in Owings Mills.

They closed up abruptly last month, and all signage is sitting inside the closed down building.

So THAT's where all the cops are today.....;-)

Doughnuts and crabs in one week: it hardly gets better.

Chocolate frosted, pleased.

I can honestly say that even if Krispy Creme paid me I wouldn't eat their donuts. Are there any mom and pop donut shops left in the Baltimore region?

Greg S and all -- the Krispy Kreme website store locator shows Maryland locations in Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Rockville. (All are presumably still open, since the shuttered Owings Mills location isn't listed.)

Mark, Woodlea Bakery on Belair Rd. makes LOVEly donuts. Unlike KK's way-to-sweet air-filled monstrosities, Woodlea makes real, honest-to-gosh, chewy, cake-y donuts. Try the chocolate cake with chocolate icing and you'll be a convert for life!

Dottie - I agree with your assessment of KK's products. They're gross. My kingdom for a cruller and/or a lightly sugar-covered jelly doughnut filled with real jelly.

Dottie - thanks for the reminder. I haven't been to the Woodlea Bakery in years. I'll have to make it a point to get there this weekend.

We have a Krispy Kreme on 23rd street over in town. I'll have to see if they are giving them away too.

Yes, Woodlea Bakery does turn out some fine doughnuts!

Did anyone see the episode of Anthony Bourdaine's (sp?) show when he lustfully dug into peanut butter and bacon donuts? Now, that's a donut you don't see at KK or DD!

There's a Krispie Kreme on Ritchie Hwy in Glen Burnie. I'm in NYC so I will see if the KK in Penn Station is actually giving out free doughnuts on Friday. If so, I wonder if I can get one in the morning on the way to work and then in the evening on the way home...
As for the best mom & pop doughnut shop, go to New System Bakery in Hampden. SO GOOD!

Woodlea Bakery is what my dreams are made of. I grew up with them and try to make it back down there a couple of times a year. Best Peach Cake ever!

Sarah G, you are SO right about Woodlea's Peach Cake. I'll wait a while longer, when they start to use fresh peaches...canned doesn't quite do it for me.

Ah, the wonderful old peach sheet cakes and the cheesecake sheet cakes. I could never quite match the flavor of either one.

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He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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