Sweet history of doughnuts

POSTED: 11:24 AM PDT Jun 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jun 02, 2016 

In honor of Friday's National Doughnut Day, take a look at the history of this deep-fried treat.

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During World War I, women working with the Salvation Army helped popularize doughnuts as battlefield treats. About 250 volunteers known as "doughnut lassies" brought the fried treats to soldiers on the front lines to keep their spirits up. (The soldiers, appropriately, were known as "doughboys," but that's actually a nickname dating back to the Civil War and has nothing to do with doughnuts.)


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