Bashas’ Marks National Donut Day with Annual Contest

To celebrate National Donut Day, Arizona-based Bashas’ hosts an Annual Donut Flavor Craze contest, inviting customers to submit their unique flavor combinations to see whose creation is the tastiest. The winning submissions are available each year for purchase in the bakery case on National Donut Day. The June holiday, established in 1938, honors the Salvation Army Women who served donuts during World War I.

This year’s theme was pop culture, with entries featuring icons such as Prince, Jimmy Buffett, Star Wars, and Pac-Man. The winners, however, took a more classic approach. Brian Vehon from Mesa won in the adult category with his “What’s Up, Doc?” creation, inspired by Bugs Bunny. This doughnut has a light cream cheese frosting and is topped with carrot cake crumbles. The other winner, Elizabeth B. from Gilbert, created the “Pot of Honey,” inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh. Her doughnut is topped with crumbled Nilla wafers and a drizzle of honey, with two Nilla cookies placed on top to resemble ears.

On June 7th, customers who purchased a dozen doughnuts at Bashas’ received an additional six for free. Bashas’ also donated 10% of its National Donut Day doughnut sales to The Salvation Army. The winners were named Bashas’ Official Donut Ambassadors for 2024 and will each receive a dozen doughnuts every month for a year from Bashas’ bakery, along with $500 worth of prizes, including a Bashas’ gift card.