Calling all doughnut lovers! The 2016 National Donut Day celebration will be held on June 3, and Entenmann’s will be sampling 150,000 doughnuts throughout the U.S. and giving away 50,000 of those doughnuts for free at the Manhattan event in Union Square. If you are visiting, get outside and join the fun! You can even have your photo taken with Mr. Rich Frosted, a giant chocolate-covered doughnut.
We found out that the first Donut Day was in 1938 and is now celebrated by Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army. Wow! It is always celebrated on the first Friday of June. National Donut Day was created to honor the “Donut Lassies” who served treats to soldiers during World War I. Sometimes they even cooked the doughnuts in fry oil in a soldier’s helmet.
Entenmann’s invited us to visit their headquarters in Bay Shore. We saw the new Rich Frosted Party Sprinkled Donut that Entenmann’s created for this year’s Donut Day. It looked so yummy. It looks like someone is having a party on a chocolate-covered doughnut.
We met with Entenmann’s Audrey Caster, who is part of the research and development team and Maureen Sticco, who is director of marketing for Entenmann’s. They told us about the process of doughnut making. We watched a video about the doughnut process. It showed how they were flipped in the boiler. The doughnuts are flipped because nobody wants a half-cooked doughnut. When the toppings were added (optional), then they were put into boxes. They don’t want their fingerprints on the doughnuts so they have something to put them in the boxes. It takes about 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours to make a whole box of doughnuts. After they are boxed up, the doughnuts are shipped to stores that sell Entenmann’s products.
The best part of our visit was decorating doughnuts. There was vanilla icing in all different colors and chocolate icing. There were also different kinds of toppings, like mini chocolate chips, different kinds of sprinkles, and a couple kinds of candy. When we picked our doughnuts, we got right to decorating. They sometimes get new ideas from the doughnuts the kids make. Who knows? You might see some of our doughnuts that we made on the shelves one day.
After we made our own doughnuts, we went to a special conference room that is used for things like interviews and for meetings about special changes that they might want to make to their baked goods. We asked lots of questions, and we got answers that were so detailed they are hard to remember. Some interesting facts that we found out were:
It takes almost 2 hours to make one box of doughnuts (they are making lots of other doughnuts at the same time).
They do not use the original machines because technology has improved.
Some people ask for the secret recipe on Facebook (so far no one has gotten it).
There are many different seasonal treats.
Their most popular treat is Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins.
Entenmann’s is the largest doughnut maker in the world. Surprisingly, the very first doughnut William Entenmann made was a rich frosted doughnut. The original rich frosted doughnut is still the number one selling doughnut for Entenmann’s. It is delicious.
We’re so lucky that we got to visit Entenmann’s and learn what is new and the everyday things that they do. Guess what? New Little Bites S’mores will be hitting the market soon. We hope to see you at National Donut Day. If you can’t make it, visit Entenmann’s Facebook page and enter their contest to try to win free doughnuts for a year!