June 3rd is National Donut Day

I know, I know… like you actually need an excuse to eat a donut… but June 3rd is a day worth celebrating! Donuts are like dessert for breakfast. No wonder why both kids and adults love them! National Donut Day has been around since 1938 and falls on the first Friday of June.  I actually think donuts are one of those rare things that got better with time. The sweet treat has developed into an art of sorts. In honor of the holiday, here is where you can find the best donuts in Cedar Rapids:

Donutland
Donutland is the OG of donuts in my opinion. Cedar Rapids is actually home to one of the last remaining Donutlands of what was once a large franchise. The best part about it is that they make their donuts fresh daily. They are no frills when it comes to classic, delicious donuts. The trendy crazy donut flavors people post on instagram are fun, but I’ll take a classic glazed donut from Donutland with a cup of hot black coffee to dip it in over an “insta-donut” any day.
Dunkin’
You should be able to score a free donut in honor of national donut day at any of the Cedar Rapids Dunkin’ locations. They haven’t announced it on their socials yet this year, but they usually offer one to customers for this delectable day. *Bonus* you can get an iced coffee to go with it! They may have removed the “Donuts” from their name, but they didn’t remove the fact that they can still do them deliciously.
Casey’s or Kwik Star
Okay, is it just me or have convenience stores really upped their game when it comes to the food they offer? I tried a pecan donut pastry from Casey’s the other day that tasted *just* like pecan pie. Kwik Star has it’s own version of a classic glazed that if you close your eyes you’d swear it was a Krispy Kreme.
Area Farmers Markets
Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, and even Alburnett all have their own farmers markets that are starting up again as we get into the spring and summer. In my opinion, the donuts you can find at these should make the top of this list. Local, fresh, and delicious donuts are quick to go on Saturday mornings at the market downtown.  So make sure to arrive early and grab your donuts first!

P.s. It’s worth noting that there is actually another Donut day that falls in November. There are some loyalists who believe the June holiday is the “real” Donut Day. They are probably the same people who are committed to only spelling it like “doughnut.”  I think I will just have to celebrate Donut/Doughnut Day twice!


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Jess is a first-time mama to her son, Benson. After welcoming their new baby, she and her husband Kevin moved to Cedar Rapids to be closer to family. When they were house shopping, Jess made Kevin promise her that they could stay within 20 minutes of a Target. She has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Missouri State University and works from home full-time. In her free time, she can be found online shopping, listening to true crime podcasts, or reading on her kindle. Her family loves being outside, playing board games, and their golden retriever Leo.

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