HAWARDEN—Celebrated annually on the first Friday in June, National Doughnut Day is something Helen Dixson of Hawarden celebrates daily. Dixson has been a doughnut maker at the local Casey’s General Store for over eight years.

“I started out at Casey’s ten years ago making sub sandwiches,” Dixson said. “Then, I became the doughnut maker, I really enjoy making cake doughnuts.”

Dixon said the process of making the doughnut is fairly simple “add water to the cake batter and make sure you mix the heck out of it so they come out nice and smoothly,” Dixson said. The process from start to finish only lasts about a minute per doughnut and Dixson can bake up to 30 in a batch.

She makes six different flavors of cake doughnuts; white, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and sugar, plain and glazed. This eight-year baker’s favorite flavor of doughnut is caramel with sprinkles.

Dixson lives in Hawarden with her husband William. Together they have three children whom are all gown and nine grandchildren who also love grandmas creations.

“William’s favorite doughnut is caramel too, but he likes nuts on his,” Dixson says. “It is a joy to see people enjoying the doughnuts I have baked.”

Friday and Saturday mornings are the busiest days of the week in the doughnut business according to Dixson who is at work at 3 a.m. and says Saturdays she has to double the batter batch.

“I just can’t believe how many people have commented they miss my doughnuts,” Dixson who has been off work due to knee replacement surgery said. “They stop me on the street and ask me when I am going to be back to work. I enjoy doing it and I just love the people.”

Dixson has plans to return to work in the next few weeks.