Saturday, December 13, 2008

K Is For....

Krispy Kreme

Brad Conant (Debate Coach) & SJ (Speech Coach) at Krispy Kreme in Wichita, KA

No, there are not any Krispy Kreme stores in Maine, but according to the store website there will be one eventually. This is great news for SJ, not such good news for her waist. I have to admit that I enjoy Krispy Kreme doughnuts, who doesn't? While I was in Wichita, Kansas a few summers ago for the National Speech and Debate tournament the other coach and I decided to share the Krispy Kreme experience with the kids. After one night of the fresh off the line doughnuts the kids were hooked, and whenever it fit into our tip we stoped.

Here is the history of the company according the Wikipedia

The founder, Vernon Rudolph, worked for his uncle, Ishmael Armstrong, who purchased a secret recipe for yeast-raised doughnuts and a shop on Broad Street in Paducah, Kentucky, from Joseph LeBeouf of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rudolph began selling the yeast doughnuts in Paducah and delivered them on his bicycle. The operation was moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and other family members joined to meet the customer demand. Rudolph sold his interest in the Nashville store and in 1937 opened a doughnut shop in Winston-Salem, and began selling to groceries and then directly to individual customers. The first Krispy Kreme store was located in a rented building on South Main Street in Winston-Salem in what is now called historic Old Salem.

By the 1960s, Krispy Kreme was well-known throughout the southeastern United States, and it began to expand into other areas of the country.

In 1976, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary of Beatrice Foods of Chicago, Illinois. The headquarters for Krispy Kreme remained in Winston-Salem.

A group of franchisees purchased the corporation back from Beatrice Foods in 1982.

In 2003, a pilot project in Mountain View, California, to sell doughnuts through car windows and sunroofs at a busy intersection (with wireless payment) failed.

On June 3, 2005, National Doughnut Day in the US, participating franchises gave away free doughnuts.

On February 19, 2007, Krispy Kreme began selling the Whole Wheat Glazed doughnut in an attempt to appeal to the health conscious. The doughnut has twenty kilocalories (83,736 J) fewer than the original glazed (180 vs. 200 kcal) and contains more fiber (2 grams vs. 0.5 grams). As of January 2008, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are free of trans fats and are labeled as "0 grams of trans fat".

Enjoy ~SJ

1 comment:

Beth said...

OK, now you are singing my song little Miss SJ. I am a total devotee of Krispy Kreme donuts and if they ever start a franchise in Maine, I am going to get really really fat. They actually melt in your mouth when they are fresh and warm--no chewing necessary--oooh they are good.