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Where to celebrate National Doughnut Day in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 4, 2014

National Doughnut DayNational Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday of June each year, and while it might seem like a rather arbitrary holiday, the event was started all the way back in 1938 by The Salvation Army as a sweet way to honour the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during the First World War.

Keeping the tradition alive, a number of independent doughnut shops in Toronto plan to recognize the day with in-store promotions on Friday, June 6th. Some will nod to the historical significance of the event, while others just plan to celebrate the simple beuaty of fried dough.

Here are 5 spots to celebrate National Doughnut Day in Toronto.

  • Glory Hole Doughnuts in Parkdale will commemorate the 76th year of National Doughnut Day, by giving away 76 of its mini doughnuts plus free swag from 10am on.
  • Jelly Modern Doughnuts will collect money for the Salvation Army at all locations, while offering free Sally Ann-coloured doughnuts.
  • Von Doughnuts is offering a free Von Kebob -- a skewer of mini Madagascar vanilla or French toast-glazed doughnuts -- with purchase of any 6 doughnuts and a drip coffee.
  • Tori's Bakeshop is going to be well-stocked with fresh made doughnut cupcakes ($3.50) and regular doughnuts ($2.50) in flavours like pink vanilla and chocolate cherry.
  • The Steady is promoting a classic cinnamon sugar donut that's both vegan and gluten free, as well introducing a yeast doughnut in a fun new flavour. Have a doughnut with the house-made cold brew for $5, or on its own for $3.

Photo of Glory Hole Donuts



Michelle / June 4, 2014 at 11:33 am
You forgot Through Being Cool! Best donuts.
giggy / June 4, 2014 at 11:36 am
Really? You didn't list Emma's Country Kitchen? They won DONUT SHOWDOWN and are consistently doing delicious, creative and glorious donuts every weekend!
Steven / June 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm
We should have a statutory holiday for National Doughnut Day. Well, we could only hope.
Annie replying to a comment from Steven / June 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm
This is a perfect idea.
LOL replying to a comment from Brian / June 4, 2014 at 02:48 pm
Jon / June 4, 2014 at 03:40 pm
As doughnut day started in 1938, I will be supporting the heavy hitters that have been carrying the doughnut torch in this country for decades!

Also The Steady - "Have a doughnut with the house-made cold brew for $5, or on its own for $3." In these days of craft breweries everywhere we might want to be careful of the work BREW.
Hernan H replying to a comment from Michelle / June 4, 2014 at 06:28 pm
TBC doughnuts are trash. Tastless. Bunners makes better dougnuts
Van replying to a comment from Jon / June 4, 2014 at 08:15 pm
"cold brew" is a method of BREWing coffee. It's a process that's been around for a long time.
Ldt / June 5, 2014 at 12:34 am
I've learned so much today.
Joey replying to a comment from Hernan H / June 5, 2014 at 01:58 am
The only trash donuts on this list are from Glory Hole Doughnuts.
Jon replying to a comment from Van / June 5, 2014 at 09:22 am
Just call it what it is then. Cold Brewed Coffee. "Enjoy a cold brew" means a cold beer to many of us.

Chris Laxton / June 5, 2014 at 11:23 am
how about Delica (two locations) and their "Paulette" doughnuts. those are clearly the classiest doughnuts you could ever consume.
Shelby / June 5, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Ummm.. what about Sanremo Bakery on Royal York?! Just an FYI they're giving FREE doughnuts with their lunch special tomorrow! :)
Geary / June 6, 2014 at 07:54 am
Its here!! Happy Doughnut Day everyone!

Get out there and get a doughnut - enjoy!
Pandora / June 6, 2014 at 08:04 am
Here's my list of places to celebrate doughnut day in Toronto (and other cities):
Ricky Martin Jr. / June 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Fuck Through Being Cool, and double-fuck their shite doughnuts, which taste almost exactly like a mixture of white flour and vegetable oil. I wonder why. Shit ingredients = shit donut.
Grushenka / June 6, 2014 at 02:14 pm
We are huge fans of La Notre Coffee & Donuts. Tiny, stealthy little hole in the wall off York Mills with the most amazing donuts ever. We are absolutely going there to celebrate this important occasion. Thanks for the great article.
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