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  • Writer's pictureLuis and JudyAnn

Glazed and Amused: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

It doesn't take much to get into the donut spirit. Usually, it just takes someone saying, 'Hey, bud, you want a donut?' Then the magic spirit of donuts overtakes you, and you eat a donut and are satisfied and happy and maybe a little jittery from the sugar rush.

When you're craving doughnuts, can you think of anything better than a Krispy Kreme? That flawless sheet of glaze that crackles across the top when you take your first bite; the light, pillowy pastry that almost dissolves in your mouth the moment it hits your tongue — it really is the perfect specimen. Whether you're looking to satisfy your breakfast cravings or a late night sweet tooth, it always hits the spot. And when they're hot off the line? Forget it. While we may never know what's actually in the secret recipe (though odds are pretty good that it is not, in fact, crack), there are plenty of other fun facts to discover about your favorite doughnut chain that's been serving those glazed delights for over 80 years.

We can all attest to how powerful just one whiff of a fresh Krispy Kreme Original Glazed can be — especially hot off the line — and, according to the Krispy Kreme website, it happens to be that amazing smell that prompted founder Vernon Rudolph to sell the product directly from his doughnut-making facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

How many weddings have you been to where, gorgeous as it is, the cake is just a huge disappointment in the flavor department? All of them? Probably. But it can't be a wedding without a multi-tiered dessert, right? Thanks to the Krispy Kreme doughnut tower, there's now a solution to that age-old wedding cake conundrum. And trust us, nobody will miss the dry red velvet cake draped with inedible fondant when they're biting into a delectable glazed doughnut. Availability varies by store (UK locations and select US locations offer the service), and you can pick all glazed or customize the tower by adding in any variety of doughnuts you choose. Even if your local store doesn't offer the service, a doughnut tower is pretty easy to build yourself with the help of a tiered cake stand, and a DIY'd Krispy Kreme wedding "cake" is probably a lot easier to pull off than any other Pinterest #faill waiting to happen.

Perhaps the biggest Krispy Kreme fan  literally is basketball Hall-of-Famer and sports and entertainment superstar Shaquille O'Neal. In October of 2016, O'Neal became an owner in Krispy Kreme's prestigious downtown Atlanta location on Ponce de Leon Avenue, which opened more than 60 years ago.

If only every morning started with a doughnut. Just picture it: your alarm isn't a silly sound anymore, it's a warm Original Glazed doughnut waved in front of you, the smell waking you up peacefully for the long day ahead. While a sugary treat isn't the most nutritional way to begin every day, Krispy Kreme has a solution. In fact, they have quite a few. The donut chain has a series of doughnut scented candles that can satisfy your cravings any time you put a match to the wick. Turn your house into a doughnut bakery by lighting one of these delicious scented candles. Although the candles are no longer in stores, they are still available on Ebay and Amazon.

It seems obvious that a lot of people who work at the local stores are having a lot of fun, not only serving up the tasty circles of limited nutrition, but also promoting the brand in unique ways. It makes buying and eating a dozen donuts more of an experience than an event. The brand is both respected and loved by millions of people around the world, and given the competitive nature of the simple donut, Krispy Kreme has carved out a very successful niche in the world of what is often seen as just another donut.


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