At Brad's Deals, we love freebies and doughnuts (though, we don't all agree on the spelling of the sweet treat--I like doughnuts better, but I think I'm in the minority). So, naturally, we're super pumped about the upcoming National Donut Day on Friday, June 6, when some stores are giving away free donuts!
In honor of the sugar-filled holiday, we decided to compose a finger-licking ode (pretend this article is being sung to you) to donuts. Here are some of our favorites.
Classics are classics for a reason. Best bets come from Dinkel's and Stan's Donuts (specifically the vanilla orange flavor) in Chicago and Los Angeles and Carmella's Creme in Champaign. Carmella's Creme proves that donuts don't have to be really expensive to be good. Most cost under a dollar and are made in an old Taco Bell. Though, sometimes your mind can help you deal with shelling out several bucks for a donut, like one of our designers. "My mind refuses to consider the possibility that I spent that much money [$2 or $3] on a donut that isn't the best ever," she wrote about Stan's Donuts. Regardless of price, all of these donuts are great!
These glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme have been described as "airy sugary heaven" that you "can't go wrong" with. Another thing you can't go wrong with is freebies! See the bottom of this post to see how you can get one of these glazed donuts for free!
Wo-what? Waffles in Chicago has mixed waffles and donuts together. To achieve that combination, a thickened version of the waffle batter is used. Then, it is deep fried, dipped in glaze, iced, and topped with goodies like sprinkles and pistachios.
Who needs buns when you have donuts? A member of our team remembers a cheeseburger with 2 Krispy Kreme donuts as buns and topped with a piece of chocolate-covered bacon being served at the Wisconsin State Fair a few years ago. Similarly, Griddlers Burgers & Dogs, in collaboration with Union Square Donuts, created the bronut--a combination of a burger, a fried egg, and a maple bacon donut sans hole.
Bacon and donuts are both awesome, so when you combine them, you get pretty much the best thing ever. In the long john form, we're fans of the sweet and savory treat at Glazed & Infused in Chicago and Voodoo Doughnut with locations in Portland, Eugene, and Denver. "I waited for an hour to get a maple/bacon doughnut [from Voodoo Doughnut] and it was so good I would've waited 12 hours," our outreach coordinator said. In the traditional circular with a hole in the middle shape, Endgrain's bacon butterscotch in Chicago is also a winner. Bacon is used for "sprinkles" on top of the donut.
Even though we're a Chicago-based company, a good chunk of our team loves Voodoo Doughnut and described it as "amaze" and definitely worth the wait. Even a non-donut person loved it! Our email specialist recommends picking up a coffin of donuts. "It's a literal wooden coffin. Filled with doughnuts. It's the one thing everyone on this earth needs to do at least once in their life," he wrote. We like the Memphis Mafia, Portland Cream, and the Voodoo Doll doughnut.
Cronuts, a croissant/donut hybrid created and trademarked by New Yorker Dominique Ansel, feature the best of both pastries. It uses a special recipe that is different--but similar--to croissant dough, and then is fried in grapeseed oil. A Brad's Dealer guarantees that eating one of these will change your life, just like it did for him.
Now that you've eaten (with your eyes) our ode to donuts, feast on these four freebies.
Have you ever done what this company's name describes (i.e. dunk your donut in coffee)? The perfect opportunity to try it (or do it again) is on National Donut Day when you can get a free donut with the purchase of any beverage. Get dunkin'!
Want some glazed goodness? Krispy Kreme has you covered. On June 6, stop in for a free donut. No strings attached, no purchase necessary--just a free donut!
This is more of a possible freebie. Enter Entemann's Facebook sweepstakes, and you could have a year's worth of donuts in your hands! Plus, for each person that likes its page until June 15, Entemann's will donate $1 to the Salvation Army. Fun fact: National Donut Day was created by the Salvation Army in 1938, in recognition of the "donut dollies" who served the sweet treat to soldiers during World War I.
Wish the Tim Hortons employee "Happy National Donut Day" to snag a free donut with any purchase.
Through 6/9, get a free donut with a coupon from Thorntons' mobile app.
Don't forget to check with your favorite local donut shops on Twitter and Facebook for local donut appreciation events near you!
Vote in our poll for your favorite donut, then write your own donut love letter in the comments!