Donuts were first popularized after winning a contest for best circular foodstuff, narrowly outstripping bundt cake, lemon-meringue pie, and sweet-and-sour manhole covers. Savor 360 degrees of gustatory bliss with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two-dozen glazed donuts at Krispy Kreme in Union City (a $16.98 value).
A delectable American fixture since 1937, Krispy Kreme's glazed donuts now sugar the sweet teeth of breakfasters worldwide. Krispy Kreme's dedicated circle-treat artistes bake the gooey original-recipe donuts in-house before illuminating their neon "Hot Now" beacon, which mystically summons droves of donut devotees and directionally challenged vacationers hoping they finally stumbled onto Las Vegas. A decadent two-dozen batch lets purchasers surprise coworkers with a Monday-morning treat or win over competitive cubicle-mates with tasty rounds of pastry horseshoes.
In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-nine years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme’s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.