Step right up and get your free donut on Friday, June 1, which is National Donut Day. Most donut shops are giving away the sweet treat to customers who stop by. Krispy Kreme is giving away a free doughnut with no purchase. Dunkin' Donuts is giving away a free donut with the purchase of any beverage. If you are in the area of any of the Walmart stores, their bakery is also giving a free doughnut with no purchase.

Doughnut or donut?

Have you ever wondered why there are two words for the same delicious treat?

Since both words are acceptable, how do you know which one to use? The words are homonyms which means they sound alike but are spelled differently. They also mean the same thing. It is a matter of personal preference how you spell it. However, if you are talking about Krispy Kreme, it should be spelled "doughnut." If you are talking about the other establishment, you should spell it donut as in Dunkin' Donuts.

How to celebrate

The national day isn't always celebrated on June 1. It is always celebrated on the first Friday in June which sometimes falls on a different date. You can celebrate this unofficial holiday by eating at least one doughnut. There are so many ones to choose from. Since June 1 is a special day, why not try something different rather than the same one you usually eat.

While some are pretty to look at, they taste good as well.

Long ago, people had only a few choices with the glazed ones being the most popular. Today, people still purchase glazed doughnuts, but they also splurge on the other kinds that include powdered, frosted, or those filled with jelly.

Don't leave your co-workers out. When you make a trip to the doughnut shop, pick up a dozen or two to share with those in your office.

Make sure you take some home to your family for a special Friday treat.

Origin of doughnuts

The fried dough confection is a dessert or sweet snack that has been around for a long time. Doughnuts can be traced back to the 1800's. The celebration became popular in 1938 after The Salvation Army honored their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

At first, it wasn't the doughnut that was celebrated. The honor went to the 250 Salvation Army volunteers who traveled to France and became known as the "Doughnut Dollies." The women served freshly baked goods that included more than doughnuts. On a regular basis, they gave away about 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, and 700 cups of coffee. However, the doughnuts have received the most recognition.