Cupcakes, macarons, and cake pops have each had their moment in the spotlight. We've all run to the most expensive of bakeries to snatch up these desserts when our sweet tooth was tingling for a trendy treat, but sometimes all we really want is to comfort ourselves with some sweet carb-heavy goodness. And when that time comes, an old-fashioned doughnut will do the trick.
If you haven't had doughnuts recently (I mean, really, when was the last time you went out for doughnuts?), you may be overdue for a reminder of how satisfying they really are. And what better time to treat yourself than National Doughnut Day? That's today, and to celebrate, our favorite doughnut chains -- plus one local spot -- are offering you a free doughnut.
All day Friday, Dunkin' Donuts is giving away a free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage. That means you can stop by any of the 30 Dunkin' Donuts locations in Miami-Dade County, grab a warm cappuccino, iced latte or any other drink, and walk out with cup and doughnut in hand. Find the Dunkin' Donuts closest to you with their store locator.
Krispy Kreme is taking things one step further by offering you one free doughnut of any variety with no catch - just no more than one. There's a store in North Miami (590 NE 167th St.), Palmetto Bay (16851 S. Dixie Hwy.), and Florida City (32999 S. Dixie Hwy.). We checked and all three are participating.
If you want to make sure your original hot glazed doughnut is the freshest one out there, come by the store during Krispy Kreme's Hot Light hours. At the North Miami location, that's from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight. In Florida City, the oven turns on one hour later at 6 a.m. and shuts off one hour earlier at 11 p.m.
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You can also snap a pic of your warm glazed doughnut and post it on social media with the hashtags #NationalDoughnutDay2013 or #NationalDoughnutDay to see it gain Internet stardom at nationaldoughnutday2013.com.
North Hialeah Donuts
If you're looking to keep things a little more low-key, North Hialeah Donuts is your friendly neighborhood doughnut shop, and they're celebrating National Doughnut Day, too. Like Dunkin' Donuts, they are giving away one free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage -- be that a cup of joe, iced coffee or even water -- and the shop is located at 2360 W. 68th St., Hialeah. It's right off of the Palmetto.