America’s most delicious donuts got their start in Kentucky when Vernon Rudolph bought a local donut shop from a man from New Orleans. He also sold Rudolph his signature yeast donut recipe.
Rudolph moved his operation to North Carolina, where the Krispy Kreme headquarters remains today. He began by selling donuts to grocery stores, then decided to open his very own storefront.
Krispy Kreme donuts had people lining up outside the doors, enticed by the sweet smell of sugary donuts. Rudolph expanded his franchise across the country, opening branches in California and New York.
Despite offering a large variety of donuts and adding coffee to the menu, Krispy Kreme’s original glazed donuts remain the most popular item for customers to order even eighty years later.
The secret behind the delicious taste of Krispy Kreme donuts is temperature. Right after they roll off the donut line and are bathed in hot glaze, they are the perfect temperature to consume.
The originality of Krispy Kreme’s advertisement for hot donuts increased their popularity. When new branches of Krispy Kreme open, people line up hours ahead of time for a chance to win free donuts for a year.
Krispy Kreme remains one of the most unique donut shops in America. The shop’s signature red and green signage is mostly located in the Southeast but can be found all over the country.