Saturday, July 14, 2012

Krispy Kreme Has A 75th Birthday

Stop the presses, everyone!  I just realized late today that Krispy Kreme is celebrating its 75th birthday in its hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe from a New Orleans pastry chef, and in July 1937, he rented a building in what is now historic Old Salem.  You can read more about Old Salem Here and Here.  He started by selling his creations to local grocery stores, but passersby were attracted by the aroma of the baking doughnuts.  So Rudolph cut a hole in the side of the building and sold his hot glazed doughnuts to customers right on the sidewalk.

When I realized today was the big birthday party, I thought it might make an interesting post; so we grabbed the camera, and off we went to Krispy Kreme.  My husband's car knows the way all by itself; he stops there every Friday morning on his way to work and buys two boxes of doughnuts for his co-workers at the office.  He started this tradition over ten years ago, and if he's going to be on vacation on Friday, he has to take doughnuts on Thursday.  :)  If he's on vacation for a week, one of his co-workers does doughnut duty.  He jokes and says that if you eat the doughnuts while they're hot, they don't have any calories.  "Just three bites and a pleasant memory."

If he happens to be running a few minutes late for work, everyone's waiting at the door like this...

While we waited in line to place our order, we snapped some pics of the doughnuts on the assembly line.

These guys just rolled through a "sheet" of glaze.

Now we're at the glass cases,

and here are some of the selections...

And of course, it would have been unthinkable to leave the birthday celebration without doughnuts.

I can assure you, folks, that I needed a doughnut like the proverbial hole in the head.  But believe it or not, it's the first time I've had a Krispy Kreme in a long time; they're great when they're hot, but they're just a bit too sweety-sweet for me.  Then again...I wouldn't want to be accused of being a party pooper.  ;)

Do you have a Krispy Kreme shop in your town?  If so, you might want to have a celebratory doughnut.  I'm joining the crowd at Seasonal Sundays, hosted by The Tablescaper, Sunny Simple Sundays, hosted by Elaine at Sunny Simple Life, and Mosaic Mondays, hosted by Mary at Little Red House.

As always, thank you for visiting me at my humble little blog.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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