To quote the immortal Homer Simpson, "Mmm donuts," or was it "Mmm donut packaging"? Either way, donuts (and the cool packaging they often come in) have our attention due to a VIP upcoming food holiday: National Donut Day. Read on to see some of the most creative donut packaging out there and to find out where you can get a free donut on Friday, June 7, 2019, otherwise known as National Donut Day.
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Are the Portland-based donut purveyors more famous for their donuts, the line to get their donuts, or their super-cool bright pink boxes? We vote boxes, which have been Instagrammed the world over, and can be ordered as part of the traveler's pack or simply as part of your donut order because you know you're going to want at least a dozen to try out all the inventive donut flavors. Will you have an Old Dirty Bastard (raised yeast donut with chocolate frosting, Oreo cookies, and peanut butter) or something simpler like the bacon maple bar? Born in Oregon, the chain now has shops in California, Florida, Colorado, and Texas, and you will want to photograph that box.
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What caught our eye about the San Diego-based donut and coffee shop is its classy gilded takeaway boxes. (OK, the classic old fashioned caught our attention too.) The stark white boxes with gold lettering that wrap around the fold of the box make an elegant statement about the weighty donuts within. And the shop has printed its promise of delivering the world's freshest donuts on the inside flap for an extra reminder to customers that what's inside is pure gold. The shop started in Costa Mesa in 2012 now has three SoCal branches.
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Stan's Donuts and Coffee
The Chicago-area donut chain has a tight packaging game, especially for its mini donuts, which come swaddled in an adorable pink box for easy gift-giving with the retro Stan's logo across the top. Stan's comes by its throwback look honestly. The shop has roots in early 1960s Los Angeles, although its first Chicago location didn't open until 2014. There are now multiple shops across Chicago (and a donut food truck!), all the more chances to sample its lemon pistachio old fashioned, apple fritter, chocolate long john, and more, while also digging its eye for design, of course.
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Oh Donuts' boxes are so charming, we had to cross the pond for them. The boxes come in two colors: traditional donut pink and blue (not to worry, the donuts come in a larger assortment of flavors). With "OH" splashed across the box top, and a humorous drawing of a man encircled by donut(s) as part of its branding, what's not to love about the packaging? As for donuts, the UK-based shop has several vegan varieties, including a vegan NOh!tella and a lemon meringue donut that blurs the line between pie and donut. We want to try them all on our next vacation—at least we can bring home a box as a souvenir.
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The iconic Randy's Donuts uses bright orange for its box emblazoned with its most famous donut of all—the giant one that sits atop its shop in Los Angeles. Randy's has been slinging donuts near LAX since 1962, and you might recognize its visage from movies such as Iron Man 2 and Get Shorty. The box goes bold with the shop's name and opening date, and that suits donut lovers of all kinds just fine. Come prepared to do some hard choosing: Its flavor list is long, from classics like a sugar raised donut to kid-favorites covered in candy.
Where to Get Free Donuts on National Donut Day 2019
No surprise here, the international donut chain with more than 8,500 locations in the U.S. across 41 states is celebrating National Donut Day in a big way. Order a beverage at any participating Dunkin' Donuts on Friday, June 7, 2019, and get a free classic donut of your choice while supplies last. Learn more.
The chain is going all out this year, with a goal of giving away 1 million donuts. They're making it easy, too, just walk in to any participating Krispy Kreme on June 7, 2019 and choose your favorite donut—it's yours, free! There's a limit of one per guest, but no purchase is necessary. Learn more.
The Midwest chain with more than 25 locations in five states, including Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri honors National Donut Day by giving away a free donut to customers and by encouraging guests to give to the Salvation Army. That's because the tradition of National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army in 1938. Learn more.
Of course many, many local spots serve up free donuts or have other specials focused on National Donut Day. To find one in your area, search #NationalDonutDay on Instagram or Twitter.
Have some favorite donut packaging? Post it to our Instagram (@distinct.packaging). And if you want to create your own packaging for donuts (or anything else), give Distinct Packaging a spin. We've got boxes of all sizes and shapes and the ability to print inside or outside your packaging. Customers like Distinct Packaging's flexibility, you can do-it-yourself or call in one of our experts to get the job done. Happy National Donut Day!