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Its origins go back much further — to 1938, to be exact — and the day is as much about the people behind the food as it is about the ring of fried dough itself.

During World War I, women volunteering for the Salvation Army made doughnuts for soldiers serving overseas as a way to boost morale. National Doughnut Day was launched in 1938 by the Chicago branch of the Salvation Army, in part as a way to raise funds for, and awareness of, the organization's work in the community. But the spirit behind the day was the recognition of these women's contribution to the war effort.

The tradition begun by the Salvation Army's dough girls or dough lassies, as they were sometimes called, was picked up again by the Red Cross during World War II, when LIFE dispatched a photographer to capture the women in action. The women Bob Landry photographed were posted in England, one of 72 similar outfits across the country. And the morale boost they brought was not only a result of the treats they offered. As LIFE wrote of the volunteers, “They are hand-picked for looks, education, personality and experience in recreational fields. They are hardy physically and have a sociable, friendly manner.”

The soldiers featured in LIFE, stationed in England in 1944, would greet the women with “howls of delight,” their spirits successfully lifted to the point that the slogan “doughnuts will win the war!” became popular among them. Victory would come at a higher cost, of course, but doughnut lovers will be pleased to know that their favourite treat once served a nobler purpose.


Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth?! Visit these Top Bakeries and Pastry Shops today and we assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Garden Bakery in Edmonton

The Old Apothecary in Halifax

Patisserie Gateau in Markham

Made for you by Madeleine in Hamilton

Croissant express in Oakville

Ce Food Experience & The Bakery in Kitchener/Waterloo

Eat My Sweets Bakery in Mississauga

Three Tarts in Ottawa

Sugar Mama's in St. John's

Tart Bakery Dallas in Dallas

Common Bond Cafe and Bakery in Houston

Sanremo Bakery in Toronto

Purebread in Vancouver 

Origin Bakery in Victoria

Healthy Creations Inc. in Windsor

Decadently Yours in Guelph

Weil's of Westdale Bakery in Hamilton

Black Forest Pastry Shop in Oakville

Quack's 43rd Street Bakery in Austin

Ambrosia Pastry co. in Kitchener/Waterloo

WOW Patisserie in Richmond Hill

Holland's Cake and Shake in Ottawa

cupCAKE in Barrie

Thobors in Toronto

Dolce Bake Shop in Winnipeg

Lavish cupcakes in Vaughan

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