11 Sweet National Doughnut Day Deals and Freebies

The sweetest day of the year is coming soon. On Friday, June 3, folks across the U.S. can get sweet freebies and deals to celebrate National Doughnut Day. Whether you are a classic glazed doughnut type of person or you want everything that can possibly added as a topping – this is the day you can really capitalize on your sweet tooth. Check out the best National Doughnut Day deals and freebies below!

National Doughnut Day Deals and Freebies for 2022

7-Eleven

Head to a 7-Eleven on June 3 to take advantage of their buy one, get one free doughnut deal. You’ll need to be a rewards member to take advantage.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts fans can get a lot on National Donut Day. They’re running a social media contest that will pick five winners to receive a free dozen doughnuts. Additionally, anyone who visits a participating store can snag a free cinnamon sugar doughnut – no purchase necessary. Plus, for super fans, you can buy their first-ever launched plush version of Duck Donut’s mascot, Ollie. Learn more.

Dunkin’

America runs on Dunkin’, and on June 3, everyone who runs with them will also get a free classic doughnut with a drink purchase. 

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Image: Dunkin’

Honey Dew Donuts

On Facebook, the chain announced it will give away a free donut to anyone who purchases a medium beverage on June 3.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme’s “Sweet New Deal” means that anyone can get a free doughnut at any store on June 3—no purchase necessary. But if you do make a purchase of a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts, you can get another dozen for just $1. And to really sweeten the deal, they’re also offering free original glazed doughnuts at shops through Labor Day whenever the iconic Hot Light is on. 

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Image: Krispy Kreme

LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee

Get a free doughnut when you stop by (no purchase necessary), plus enter for a chance to win free doughnuts for a year. Also, if you buy one of LaMar’s limited-edition T-shirts, you’ll get a free doughnut and coffee card (to use later), and 25% of the sale goes to the Salvation Army. Learn more on LaMar’s Facebook page.

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Image: LaMar’s Facebook page

Pinkbox Doughnuts

Pinkbox is partnering with The Salvation Army for National Doughnut Day and will give 10% of proceeds to charity. Learn more.

Shipley Do-Nuts

If you stop by Shipley Do-Nuts, you’ll get a free signature glazed doughnut with all purchases made. Learn more.

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Image: Shipley Do-Nuts

Stan’s Donuts and Coffee (Chicago)

On Doughnut Day, those who stop by Stan’s locations can get a free glazed cake doughnut with any purchase (while supplies last). This deal was revealed in a Facebook post.

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is dedicating a full week to celebrate National Doughnut Day. Until June 5, reward members who buy a doughnut through the app or online will receive a free doughnut on their next purchase. You can choose from their selection of Chocolate Glazed to Bostom Cream or go with the classic Honey Cruller and more. 

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Image: Tim Hortons

Voodoo Doughnut

In stores only, get The Homer (designed to look like Homer Simpson’s favorite iconic pink doughnut) for just $1.

11 sweet national doughnut day deals and freebies
Image: Voodoo Doughnut

The History of National Doughnut Day

  • The Salvation Army started National Doughnut Day in 1938. The day pays tribute to the “doughnut lassies,” which were female Salvation Army volunteers who provided the treats to soldiers on the front lines during World War I as a morale booster.
  • With restricted resources, these treats were fried—seven at a time. The lassies fried the doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets.
  • Today, The Salvation Army still plays an active role in supporting Doughnut Day. Salvation Army staff and volunteers celebrate the holiday, often by delivering doughnuts and hosting events across the country.

DIY Doughnut Recipes

If your craving for doughnuts has reached Homer Simpson levels, throw your willpower out the window with one of these DIY doughnut recipes:

Glazed Yeast Doughnuts from Baker Bettie

Glazed Yeast Donuts recipe from the blog Baker Bettie

Fry these in the Breville Smart Fryer ($149.95 at Williams-Sonoma), which has a convenient “doughnut” setting, to create a dozen doughy pillows that you can top with anything your rapidly beating heart desires.

Maple Bacon Doughnuts from Oven Love

Baked Paleo Maple Bacon Donuts recipe from the blog Oven Love

Bacon makes everything better. (Sorry, vegetarians, but you can’t argue with science.) These sweet, salty rings of perfection are made with coconut flour ($3.81 at Vitacost) and are free of gluten, grains and refined sugar.

Cake Mix Doughnuts from It’s Always Autumn

Easy recipe for Cake Mix Donuts from the blog It’s Always Autumn

Start with your favorite boxed cake mix (Funfetti, obviously) and this Babycakes Mini Doughnut Maker ($25.21 at Walmart), and you can make four wee treats in just minutes.

Sugared Doughnut from Table for Two

Sugared Donut recipe from the blog Table for Two

For the culinary challenged or those of us who ain’t got time for that, here’s a dangerously easy way to make doughnuts at home. You’ll just need a Doughnut Cutter ($9.95 at Willliams-Sonoma) and a tube of Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits—yes, really.

DIY Doughnut Crafts

Doughnut Bath Bombs
From: North Atlantic Books

Doughnut Bath Bombs

A doughnut-themed bath bomb? These are so pretty that we would be hesitant to use them.

DIY Felt Doughnut Collar Tutorial
From: Wrapped Up in Rainbows

Doughnut Collar

Amazing concept. This would be a seriously cool gift to give to any doughnut-loving friend.

DIY Doughnut Sunglasses
From: Studio DIY

Doughnut Sunglasses

All this craft requires are nail polish, toothpicks and some round sunglasses. Sweet!

While you’re here, take our doughnut quiz to find out which doughnut matches your personality!

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