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National Donut Day

Today we celebrate the delicious doughnut and honor the Salvation Army Lassies.

FUN FACT: The Salvation Army Lassies are the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

According to, "the origins of National Donut Day begin during WWI, which is also referred to as the First World War. Over 4 million U.S. men and women served during the war, with almost 3 million of those serving overseas. With conflicts taking place in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, WWI was most difficult for troops fighting on the front lines. 

In 1917, a group of women were sent to the front lines in France by The Salvation Army. They were directed to set up field bases near the front lines to try to boost morale among troops. The makeshift "huts" were a place where soldiers could stock up on necessities and get a small break from the fighting. Little did they know The Salvation Army Lassie's would not only boost morale, but make history in the creation of one of the most celebrated food holidays. 

The women who were working at the field bases felt they wanted to do more than simply restocking troop supplies. They began making home-cooked food for the troops in hopes the food would give them a small taste of home. It was during this time, the Lassies began handing out a sweet baked treat that would become known as The Salvation Army Doughnut. The story says the doughnuts were cooked inside the helmets of the troops, dubbing them as "doughboys", which was a standard term used for donut. The Donut Lassies are said to be reason we have National Doughnut Day today! "

In honor of today, here are a few ways you can pay homage:

📍Go by your local bakery and enjoy your favorite donut.

📍Dip your favorite donut in your coffee.

📍Try this recipe: COFFEE-BREAK TRIFLE


  • 1 pkg (5.9 oz./170 g) instant chocolate pudding, divided

  • 1¼ cups (300 mL) bold brewed coffee, chilled, divided

  • 1 pkg (8 oz./226 g) whipped topping, thawed

  • ¼ cup (60 mL) chocolate hazelnut spread

  • 2 pkg (10.5 oz./450 g each) mini donuts, any flavor, cut in half (see cook’s tips)

  • Optional: Sprinkles


  1. Whisk together ½ cup (125 mL) of the pudding mix and 1 cup (250 mL) of the coffee until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Combine the remaining coffee and pudding mix, whipped topping, and hazelnut spread in the bowl of the Deluxe Stand Mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Set to CUSTOM speed 3 for 1 minute, or until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. Lay half of the donuts, cut-side up, in the Rectangular Cool & Serve. Spread half of the pudding mixture over the donuts followed by all of the whipped topping mixture.

  4. Drizzle the remaining pudding mixture on top. Place the remaining donuts, cut‑side down, on top. Top with sprinkles, if you’d like.

Yield: 12  servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. nutrients per serving: Calories 380, Total Fat 20 g, Saturated Fat 14 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Sodium 400 mg, Carbohydrate 48 g, Fiber 1 g, Sugars 33 g (includes 25 g added sugar), Protein 2 g

Your Pampered Chef Cook's Tips:

Cut the donuts in half lengthwise, like you would slice a bagel.

You can use any baked cake, brownie, or cookies instead of the donuts.

Need a dessert for a picnic or get-together? You can make this recipe the day before and refrigerate it until you’re ready to go.



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