The day has finally arrived: It’s National Donut Day. To celebrate America’s favorite sweet—or, uh, mine—several donut makers nation wide are giving away free donuts. And we’re giving away free donut recipes so that you can enjoy donuts all through the weekend. (A day just isn’t enough for this venerable treat.) To add icing on the, er, donut, we found some other donut goodies, including a donut glossary that is a must-have foodie resource.
Now, if someone could just tell me, once and for all, whether it’s donuts or doughnuts, my day would be complete.
Related: 8 amazing jelly donut recipes.
We first reported that Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts for National Donut Day but, as it turns out, so are many other donut purveyors. Check out the list of every place where you can get free donuts today at Thrillist.
If you’d rather make your own donuts—or eat them in addition to the ones you snag for free—check out our favorite easy donut recipes including Salted Caramel Apple Cider Donuts at Monday Morning Donut (above) and Double Chocolate Baked Donuts at Joy the Baker (top). And don’t worry: There’s no reason to feel bad about eating these donuts all weekend long since they’re baked. Calories from baked donuts totally don’t count.
If you live in LA, this ultimate guide to donuts in Los Angeles at Studio DIY is your new favorite thing ever. If the world is a fair and just place, every city will have such a guide one day. Until then, those of us who live outside of the City of Angels can enjoy this Donut Glossary, also at Studio DIY (photo by Jeff Mindell).
I don’t know about you, but I want to turn this thing of beauty into wallpaper. What? Too much?
One last sweet find for you donut-loving food nerds. Saveur Magazine published a history of the donut that’s a fun read. Smithsonian.com also published a history of the doughnut and there’s more difference between the two than the way each publication spelled the main subject. So read up while you eat up and learn yourself a little something about donuts on this very special day.