Where to Score Free Treats on National Doughnut Day

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Every day is a good day to have a doughnut, but June 1 is an especially good time to hit up your local Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme—because the treats will be free.

In celebration of National Doughnut Day, several chains will be offering promotions to help sate your sugar cravings, as spotted by WRAL-TV. Dunkin’ Donuts will give away a free classic doughnut—including Boston kreme, glazed, glazed chocolate, or strawberry frosted with sprinkles—with any purchase of a beverage.

And in a promotional video featuring Shaquille O’Neal, Krispy Kreme announced that customers will get a free doughnut of their choice—no purchase necessary. (Fun fact: Shaq owns a Krispy Kreme store in Atlanta, Georgia.)

Duck Donuts, a chain with locations throughout Texas, the Midwest, and the East Coast, is also giving away free classic donuts with no strings attached. Customers can choose from any of their classic varieties, including cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, and bare.

Doughnut chain Fractured Prune is offering one free O.C. Sand doughnut (made with honey glaze and cinnamon sugar) at participating locations, and Walmart is gearing up to give away roughly 1.2 million whole glazed donuts to customers that day.

National Doughnut Day was founded in 1938 when the Salvation Army decided to honor the World War I volunteers who served pastries to soldiers on the front lines in France. It's celebrated on the first Friday of June, and a second National Doughnut Day is observed on November 5. The latter's origins are harder to trace, but it was likely introduced by a retail outlet that linked the holiday with Veterans Day on November 11.

[h/t WRAL-TV]

America’s 10 Most Hated Easter Candies

Peeps are all out of cluck when it comes to confectionery popularity contests.
Peeps are all out of cluck when it comes to confectionery popularity contests.
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Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious holiday or not, it’s an opportune time to welcome the sunny, flora-filled season of spring with a basket or two of your favorite candy. And when it comes to deciding which Easter-themed confections belong in that basket, people have pretty strong opinions.

This year, CandyStore.com surveyed more than 19,000 customers to find out which sugary treats are widely considered the worst. If you’re a traditionalist, this may come as a shock: Cadbury Creme Eggs, Peeps, and solid chocolate bunnies are the top three on the list, and generic jelly beans landed in the ninth spot. While Peeps have long been polarizing, it’s a little surprising that the other three classics have so few supporters. Based on some comments left by participants, it seems like people are just really particular about the distinctions between certain types of candy.

Generic jelly beans, for example, were deemed old and bland, but people adore gourmet jelly beans, which were the fifth most popular Easter candy. Similarly, people thought Cadbury Creme Eggs were messy and low-quality, while Cadbury Mini Eggs—which topped the list of best candies—were considered inexplicably delicious and even “addictive.” And many candy lovers prefer hollow chocolate bunnies to solid ones, which people explained were simply “too much.” One participant even likened solid bunnies to bricks.

candystore.com's worst easter candies
The pretty pastel shades of bunny corn don't seem to be fooling the large contingent of candy corn haters.
CandyStore.com

If there’s one undeniable takeaway from the list of worst candies, it’s that a large portion of the population isn’t keen on chewy marshmallow treats in general. The eighth spot went to Hot Tamales Peeps, and Brach’s Marshmallow Chicks & Rabbits—which one person christened “the zombie bunny catacomb statue candy”—sits at number six.

Take a look at the full list below, and read more enlightening (and entertaining) survey comments here.

  1. Cadbury Creme Eggs
  1. Peeps
  1. Solid chocolate bunnies
  1. Bunny Corn
  1. Marshmallow Chicks & Rabbits
  1. Chocolate crosses
  1. Twix Eggs
  1. Hot Tamales Peeps
  1. Generic jelly beans
  1. Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails

[h/t CandyStore.com]

84-Year-Old Italian Nonna Is Live-Streaming Pasta-Making Classes From Her Home Outside Rome

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If you're looking for an entertaining distraction and a way to feed yourself that doesn't involve going outside, sign up for a virtual cooking class. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced people around the world into isolation, plenty of new remote learning options have appeared on the internet. But few of them feature an 84-year-old Italian nonna teaching you how to make pasta from scratch.

As Broadsheet reports, Nonna Nerina is now hosting pasta-making classes every weekend from her home outside Rome. Before Italy went into lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the home cooking instructor taught her students in person. By moving online, she's able to share her authentic family recipes with people around the world while keeping herself healthy.

Live classes are two hours long and take place during Saturday and Sunday. This weekend, Nonna Nerina is making fettuccine with tomato sauce and cannelloni, though you won't be able to tune in if you haven't signed up yet—the slots are booked up until at least mid-April. If you'd prefer to take your remote cooking lessons during the week, Nerina's granddaughter Chiara hosts pasta-making classes Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Classes cost $50, and you can sign up for them now through the Nonna Nerina website. Here are more educational videos to check out while you're stuck inside.

[h/t Broadsheet]

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