National Donut Day in Nashville: From powdered to frosted, where to find sweet doughnut deals

National Donut Day — or is it National Doughnut Day — on Friday, June 2, celebrates America's favorite fried, golden pockets of dough. (For the sake of this article, we're going to use donut. More on that below.)

Glazed donuts. Sprinkled. Old Fashioned and buttermilk.

However you like them, wherever you buy them, Nashville and the rest of Middle Tennessee has plentiful local deals to satisfy sweet cravings.

Long John donuts. Donut holes. Cake and crullers. Powdered, jelly filled and gourmet donuts.

Frosted and twisted. Don't forget Keto and Gluten-free options!

Hungry yet? Here are the places to go for National Donut Day in the Nashville area:

Fox's Donut Den

In addition to National Donut Day, Fox's Donut Den will celebrate its 50th anniversary by offering half a dozen donuts for 25 cents.

Duck Donuts

Duck's in Brentwood is participating in the fun of deep fried dough day with free sweet treats, no purchase necessary.

Shipley Do-Nuts

Shipley Do-Nuts has locations in Nashville, Hendersonville, Clarksville and Memphis. The business promises a free glazed donut with any purchase, including online orders, so you can celebrate the big day from your home or office.

Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme and more

National donut chains, including Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme, are offering free donuts and other discounts and deals on June 2 — while they last.

More donuts in Middle Tennessee

Tennessee has a lot to offer for donut critics and connoisseurs.

After all, Wilson County boasts several donut shops with sweet histories and sweeter treats.

Parlor Doughnuts, an Indiana-based company with three locations in Tennessee, is opening another shop in Clarksville, with plans to add six additional locations throughout Tennessee.

Also in Clarksville foodies can find a piece of donuts' future: Tennessee's first drive-thru-only Dunkin Donuts location.

Doughnut or Donut?

It's a decades-old debate for the lovers of these sweet treats.

Kenny Sith, owner of the Donut Palace in Lebanon, said donut is simply shorthand for some.

"I guess it just looked better to them," he said. "I don’t think there is a big reason (for the donut spelling.)"

The word doughnut, as well as the much simpler version donut — dates back hundreds of years to the earliest days of people enjoying the fried goodness. But which spelling is correct?

Both are.

The original spelling first appeared in the 18th century. While popular eateries like Dunkin' popularized the phonetic spelling of the word, donut has appeared in texts since the mid-20th century.

And when should each spelling be used?

The AP stylebook, the style and usage guide for American English grammar, prefers doughnut. However, Miriam-Webster doesn't have a preference.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Where to find free National Donut Day deals in Nashville, Tennessee