Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' to give away free donuts Friday for Donut Day, plus get extra with COVID vaccine card
Friday is one of the sweetest days of the year.
June 4 is National Doughnut Day — or National Donut Day in some circles — and shops across the country are marking the day with fried freebies and delectable deals.
And Krispy Kreme is sweetening its annual doughnut giveaway for vaccinated customers.
The chain, which says it has given away more than 1.5 million glazed doughnuts since starting its vaccine incentive program in March, will give all customers a free doughnut Friday. But it's doubling the deal for vaccinated customers, who can get two free treats when they present proof that they've received a COVID-19 vaccine.
The day of the pastry was established in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army Donut Lassies — women who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. It’s traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June.
National Doughnut Day freebies, deals
Participation and offers vary by location and are only available while supplies last. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location.
DiGiorno: The Nestle brand has a new “pizza + donut mashup” dubbed the DiGiornut and is giving it away through a Twitter sweepstakes Friday. To enter, fans can reply to @DiGiorno’s tweet with #sweepstakes for a chance to score a half-dozen box.
Dunkin': Purchase any beverage Friday and get a free classic donut of your choice, while supplies last. At 11 a.m. Thursday, Dunkin’ drops the #NationalDonutDay collection with limited-edition customizable donut-themed fashions at ShopDunkin.com.
There are multiple Dunkin' locations around central Iowa:
- 2610 E University Ave., Des Moines
- 3611 SE 14th St., Des Moines
- 1301 8th St., West Des Moines
- 8950 University Ave., West Des Moines
- 4206 Merle Hay Road #100, Urbandale
- 3053 8th St. SW Suite 100, Altoona
- 1620 N Ankeny Blvd. Suite 100, Ankeny
Entenmann’s Donuts: Now through June 21, enter for a chance to win and give a year’s supply of donuts and other prizes to a deserving father figure by nominating them for the first ever “EntenMAN of the Year” Father’s Day Contest. The brand says the person can be “male or female; dad, coach, teacher or any inspiring person in their life.” Five nominees will be chosen for a chance to win the title, a year’s supply of Entenmann’s Donuts and an all-expenses-paid Daytona Race Trip package. The remaining finalists and nominators will all win free Entenmann’s Donuts for a year. Enter at EntenmanOfTheYear.com.
Krispy Kreme: All customers can get one doughnut for free Friday, no purchase necessary. Customers can also get a dozen of original glazed doughnuts for just $1 with the purchase of any other dozen doughnuts. It’s possible to get two doughnuts for free without a purchase Friday if you’ve received at least one COVID-19 shot, as Krispy Kreme will honor its free original glazed doughnut offer when you show a valid vaccination card.
There are two Krispy Kreme locations in the Des Moines metro area:
- 1880 NW 86th St., Clive
- 810 E 1st St. Suite 101, Ankeny
A few other spots around Des Moines are also pulling together Donut Day celebrations:
- Nebraska Furniture Mart, at 15500 Hickman Road in Clive, will have games, a donut-themed selfie wall and, of course, free donuts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
- Hurts Donut Co., at 5513 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, plans to donate 10% of its proceeds Friday to military organizations — including Iowa's Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Puppy Jake Foundation and the Cedar Valley Honor Flight.
Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter, at @KellyTyko.