The donut's recognizable circular shape occurs in the cooking process, when the dough wraps around on itself to take a delicious first bite. Join in with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two dozen original glazed donuts at Krispy Kreme (a $16.98 value), valid at the locations in Daly City, Union City, and Mountain View.
Since the first store opened in North Carolina in 1937, Krispy Kreme's original donut recipe has served as the blueprint for freshly made rings of glazed delight. Enthusiastic donuteers craft ingredient-kosher donuts, creating hot batches of the delectable treat before alighting a neon sign to indicate readiness to roving bands of breakfast Vikings. A warm fountain of molten glaze passes over each circular treat, drenching succulent curves in evening gowns of sweet glossy finish. A box of 24 donuts can enliven early morning meetings or be floated out to sea to feed shipwrecked sailors. Although Groupons are not accepted at the new location, a new Krispy Kream location will be opening in San Jose in fall 2011.
In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-seven 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.