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NATIONAL DONUT DAY: The birth of a fluffy favorite

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Friday is National Donut Day, so M.A. Rosko heads to Yo-Yo Donuts in Minnetonka, Minn. because she thinks you deserve a heads-up on the holiday, certainly an important one to celebrate.

Our love of donuts actually dates back to WWI. Maj. Jeff Strickler of the Salvation Army said troops in the foxholes of France and England were the ones first introduced to the fluffy creations.


Maj. Strickler said because funds were limited and the troops still deserved some warm home cooking, the simple donut was born. Ingredients were limited, of course, so they worked with what they had: flour, eggs, sugar, baking powder, lard, salt and milk.

The donut gals would use old wine bottles to roll out the dough, and to cut the donuts, they'd use soldier's knives or artillery shells. Then, they'd fry them seven at a time in oil using a soldier's helmet. Talk about resourceful.

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