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Friday marks National Doughnut Day, a time to celebrate all things made of dough that are round and either fried or baked.

The fake food holiday (you didn’t get me a card, did you? Or a dozen doughnuts?), aside from being a time to snag some free carbs, begs the question, what’s up, Ankeny? What’s with all the stand-alone doughnut joints?

Sure, you have your Dunkin’ Donuts (hey, get a freebie on Friday when you purchase a beverage), Krispy Kremes (they, too, are giving away a free doughnut all day but with no purchase necessary) and of course, Iowa favorite Casey’s General Stores with their cakey varieties (who don’t appear to do anything for this “holiday”), but compared to the rest of the metro area, Ankeny sure does have a lot of independent doughnut shops.

Plus since Donut King closed in March, Des Moines proper has lacked in fried dough dealers.

For Friday, you can plan on the following:

Buy a cup of coffee at Topped Doughnuts and get $1 off a doughnut. That means the gourmet versions ring in at 80 cents with the discount. Order up the red velvet with cream cheese frosting, dreamy Holland cream with a dusting of cinnamon sugar, a maple bacon and a salted caramel sitting on top of an old fashioned.
• 129 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; 515-965-1004

ChuChu Donuts hasn’t updated its Facebook page since right before Thanksgiving and closes at 1 p.m., so it’s unknown what festivities it has planned. Try the maple bacon or glazed varieties.
• 106 S.W. State St., Ankeny; 515-965-0915

Daylight Doughnuts, another chain, doesn’t appear to recognize the day, but fans seem to enjoy the cake varieties. But hurry. It opens at 5 a.m. and closes by 10 a.m.
• 502 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; 515-964-2833

In Des Moines proper? You’re out of luck with the free deals. The venerableDonut Hut has zero plans to do anything on the food holiday, but does recommend ordering a chocolate long John or Bavarian cream bismarck.
• 4941 Douglas Ave.; 515-331-4205

Take a trip to Hawaii at Mahalo’s Coffee Co. Mini Donuts & Catering, a newer doughnut purveyor. Friday brings six free mini classic doughnuts dusted with cinnamon or powdered sugar with the purchase of coffee. A note on that coffee — the beans come from the Maui Grown Estate and the Big Island of Hawaii. Try the cinnamon lava, the best-selling doughnut in the place.
• 4800 Mills Civic Pkwy., West Des Moines; 515-218-8018

By the way, National Doughnut Day started back in 1938 in Chicago by the Salvation Army as a way to honor the Doughnut Lassies who served up treats during World War I. Some places will take donations instead of payment for doughnuts.

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