Lick ’em, bite ’em, dunk ’em — and celebrate ’em.
All hail the mighty doughnut on its very own national holiday. Time to eat.
And with the eating come the parties and the deals.
On Friday, better known as National Doughnut Day, both small shops and large chains want to make sure you have your fill.
Artisan pop-up place The Salty Donut plans to take its celebration to another level.
The store is hosting a sold-out doughnut party at 150 NW 24th St., said co-founder Andy Rodriguez.
“We tried to do something really cool, and it kind of spread like wildfire,” Rodriguez said. “We’re really happy about it.”
About 200 party guests will take home a limited edition T-shirt designed by Salty Donut and Lyfe, enjoy food and drink from local partners Miami Smokers and J. Wakefield Brewery, and of course, participate in doughnut sampling.
After the party, The Anderson Bar, 709 NE 79th St., is hosting an official after-party, where cocktails will be served to complement ’80s-themed doughnut holes from Salty Donut.
“We definitely want to do cool, local celebrations like this, and not only in food,” Rodriguez said.
Velvet Creme Doughnuts plans to give away 1,200 doughnuts to police and firefighters in Coral Gables. The giveaway will mark Velvet Creme’s second doughnut donation to local law enforcement this week, after the store supplied goodies to the Miami Beach Police Department on Memorial Day weekend.
Robert Taylor, owner of Velvet Creme and a retired police officer, said he’s happy to give back to local officers. Taylor spent 26 years working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as a cop and detective before taking over Velvet Creme.
Dandee Donuts’ Hollywood location will also be giving away free doughnuts, with Big 105.9, the South Florida classic rock FM radio station, expected to broadcast from the store, and local doughnut chain Cumberland Farms is offering free doughnuts with the purchase of a coffee at their four South Florida locations.
National doughtnut chains are also getting in on the fun.
Dunkin’ Donuts kicked off three days of events Wednesday, with several interactive opportunities on social media, including a custom Snapchat filter, leading up to the big day. On Friday, customers can get a free doughnut with the purchase of a drink.
Krispy Kreme plans to give away free doughnuts at all locations in the United States and Canada (except for stores in Connecticut). Peoplee who are fans of Entenmann’s on Facebook can enter an online contest in hopes of becoming one of 10 winners of free doughnuts for a year.
While bagels are not technically doughnuts, local Einsten Bros. Bagels franchises are getting in on the fun. The bagel company is partnering with Uber to deliver free packages of their Twist N’ Dip bagels throughout North Miami-Dade and Broward County. The pull-apart bagels will be available for delivery through the Uber app from 9 a.m. to noon.
Gluten-free snackers will not be left out either, as Fort Lauderdale’s Green Bar Express will have extended hours Friday and host a doughnut pop-up party. The Green Bar Express celebration will include both gluten-free and vegan doughnuts.
National Doughnut Day began in 1938, and was created by the Salvation Army to honor “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the pastries to soldiers during World War I.