When I first discovered a Krispy Kreme donut, it felt as though it never existed before my discovery. I wanted to tell everyone about this scrumptious pasty so buttery sweet it practically melts in your mouth. Sadly though, I was not the first, and I was also nine. Krispy Kreme has been around over 70 years with the opening of it’s first store in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I was thrilled to pieces when I was invited to take a factory tour and learn about the whole Krispy Kreme operation. I even got my hands on the secret recipe!
Today you can walk right into a Krispy Kreme store and order one (or a dozen – you know you can’t walk out without a dozen) donuts, but when Vernon Rudolph first opened his doors on July 13th, 1937 he delivered them to local grocery stores. Fortunately, the sticky sweet smell wafted across the noses of passersby and they began to ask for them. So Vernon cut a hole into the wall and began to sell the Original Glazed to patrons on the side walk – genius! Eventually Krispy Kreme stream lined it’s process and expanded across the southeast. By 1998 Krispy Kreme was underway for a national expansion. Units like these are used at several Krispy Kreme locations to create those handfuls of heaven you can get in the grocery today.
From the very beginning Vernon used fundraising to keep Krispy Kreme tied to it’s communities. Krispy Kreme works with non-profit groups by selling them Krispy Kreme donuts, Coffee or Vouchers at discounted prices which they can then resell at their full retail price. It’s a great way to raise money in communities and school programs. I got to learn about this program first hand, and I was impressed. If you are interested about learning more how you can start a fund raiser, visit their website.
My favorite Krispy Kreme donuts are the originals, but they offer so many other delicious flavors. I try to mix it up once in a while with one of their 27 other flavors like Cinnamon Twist. As part of our Krispy Kreme experience we learned about coffee pairing. We tasted the different coffee flavors made by Krispy Kreme and learned which donuts go best with which coffee. I learned the following:
- The house coffee pairs best with the blueberry donut.
- The decaf coffee pairs best with raspberry kreme filled
- The dark roast pairs best with the chocolate iced Kreme filled
Did you know that Krispy Kreme even makes donut holes and donut pops? When we toured the facility, I got to see how the donuts were made from the eggs and flour to actually putting them in the box. We stayed at the Graylyn and even went on a Butler’s Tour. You can see some of the images that I took on my Instagram feed from the event below. We toured Old Salem Museum and Gardens and ate at the Springhouse Restaurant. Look for those posts coming soon!