National Doughnut Day is observed on the first Friday of June each year. It began as a fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army to raise money for the needy during the Great Depression and to honor the women that served doughnuts (also spelled "donuts") to hungry soldiers during World War I. The holiday is still used as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army today.
It would be hard to properly celebrate breakfast's sweetest treat without featuring -- a donut shop staple in the community.
This family-owned business, which has called Cerritos home for more than 30 years, opens at 3 a.m. daily. Coffee is available as soon as the doors open and donuts are freshly prepared and available until 12:30 p.m. when the shop closes.
Locals that work graveyard shifts, many of whom are medical professionals, frequent the always delicious smelling shop during the wee hours of the morning. And like most donut shops, their busiest hours are between 6 a.m.and 9 a.m.
The 70s-era flowers on Goody's walls paired with the vintage light fixtures and old-school cash register create a nostalgic feel that longtime patrons embrace and love, including store owner, Poom Sirinirund, who fondly recalls hanging around his family's bakery as a child.
"I used to sit here everyday and eat Frosted Flakes. Because a lot of our customers could not pronounce my name, they began to call me 'Tony' like 'Tony the Tiger'," he said. To this day, many of the shop's regulars still refer to Sirinirund as Tony.
People that frequent Goody's, like Jack Haswaeng, come to the shop not only for a daily dose of deliciousness, but also for the the friendly atmosphere and playful banter. It's a special bond that Sirinirund seems to genuinely enjoy with his most faithful customers.
"Oh, watch this guy. He is a funny guy," the owner said awith a big smile on his face as Haswaeng approached the store.
Tails and Feet are Quite Good-y
As of late, this hometown gem is gaining popularity for its tasty tails and funky feet.
A Tiger Tail donut is similar to your average twist-glaze donut, but a layer of devil's food filling takes this donut to the next level. Goody's Tiger Tail receives raves reviews from customers, some of which even compare Goody's donuts to those offered at Glendora's infamous Donut Man. This deep-fried Cerritos delicacy is sure to win over your hungry heart -- believe me, I speak from personal experience!
Another fan-favorite is the Goody's Foot. It's a treat similar to a maple or chocolate bar, but this tasty concoction is shaped like feet. There is nothing new aside from the novelty of eating a foot-shaped donut. However, customers seem to really enjoy picking off one tasty toe at a time while basking in the familiar flavors of their favorite donuts.
Take a moment to celebrate National Donut Day today at Goody's Donuts or any of the other local donut stores in the Cerritos-Artesia area.