Historian John T. Edge, in his book Donuts: An American Passion says on the first two pages that Salvation Army lassies served up donuts to the boys in uniform during WWI, thus beginning America’s love affair with the delicious treat!
Apparently, the donut traces it’s roots to Europe, but gained a foothold on this continent after WWI when soldiers returned home longing for the treat they were served by the Salvation Army donut girl; a symbol of motherhood and home.
I’ve often said, that if I could get by with it, I’d eat donuts (and bacon) for every meal. They’re surely one of my favorite things to eat, in moderation, of course. Honestly, I didn’t know – until today – that I have my beloved Salvation Army to thank for bringing the humble donut to America.