Friday Fun: 8 Unusual Doughnuts to Help You Celebrate Doughnut Day

It’s National Doughnut day, people! The delicious pastry is honored on this day by bakers and enthusiasts all over the country. Doughnut Day is a quirky, off beat holiday that not many people can resist participating in. Folks have been celebrating since 1938 by indulging in their favorite doughnuts. So, how did this holiday come about? The backstory is actually quite interesting!

Doughnut Day is celebrated in the US on the first Friday in June. It was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 “as a fund raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army branch. Their goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.” These women provided an invaluable service to soldiers during a trying time in history and are honored every year with this amazing holiday!

The doughnut has come a long way too! What started as a simple, deep fried pastry has morphed into an incredible culinary adventure. Some recipes will make your mouth water while others might make you scratch your head. We’ve found some pretty interesting recipes to help you celebrate Doughnut Day.

The Black Licorice- Dun Well Doughnuts


Brooklyn based Dun Well doughnuts is known for their Vegan creations. The black licorice doughnut features a distinctive flavor that complements their unique menu. Other flavors include espresso chip and raspberry cheesecake to name a few.


The Chirp Derp- Psycho Donuts


Only in California will you find this, um, interesting recipe. Psycho Doughnuts released two versions of this bugged out pastry. One featured chocolate frosting, bacon bits and crickets. The other was a jalapeño and tequila doughnut topped with salted lime icing and moth larvae. We think we’ll sit this one out.

The Voodoo Doll- Voodoo Doughnuts


This portland based bakery is known for it’s edgy pastry creations. The voodoo doll is definitely one of them. This little dude is made using raised dough, chocolate frosting and is filled with raspberry jelly. Each doll is different and we love the creativity!

The Hoss Dog- Gourdoughs

5This amazing concoction hails from the great state of Texas. This doughnut boasts a sweet and savory combo and is made using pulled pork topped with potato salad and honey BBQ sauce. It’s like a meal on a wheel!

The Sushi Doughnut- Oktopi


Somewhere in South Carolina lies a little restaurant with tons of creativity and vision. Will Bates, a sushi chef from the Oktopi restaurant, decided to take on the challenge of creating a sushi doughnut. Underneath all of the colorful overlays, you’ll find a dense sticky rice center. Some of the doughnuts even feature avocado or spicy crab meat centers! Awesome!

The One Nya Hup Cat- Somewhere in the magical land of Japan


These cute little doughnuts were inspired by a Japanese anime where all the cat characters are, well, doughnut shaped! It would only make sense to want to make a few of your own to eat! The bakery that created them is unknown, but we are sure whoever holds the secret is super lucky to enjoy these!

The Old Dirty Bastard- Voodoo Doughnuts


Another goodie from Voodoo Bakery in Portland, OR. This massive raised yeast doughnut is topped with chocolate frosting, crushed Oreos and peanut butter drizzle. We cant stop drooling!

The Cronut- Dominique Ansel Bakery

4The Cronut is the master of all trendy doughnut creations. It’s been 3 years since it’s birth and there are still lines outside of  Dominique Ansel’s Bakery in NYC! So, what makes this pastry so special? It’s a doughnut and a croissant all in one AND the flavors change each month! May featured Raspberry Earl Grey with Earl Grey Sugar and June’s flavor is Strawberry Lemon Verbena with Lemon Zest Sugar! YUM!