When Did Krispy Kreme Start Making Donuts?

When Did Krispy Kreme Start Making Donuts?

When Did Krispy Kreme Start Making Donuts?

Krispy Kreme began making and selling original glazed donuts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1937. Founder Vernon Rudolph purchased the recipe from a New Orleans French pastry chef and sold the yeast-raised donuts to local grocers.

The first Krispy Kreme was based in a rented building. Rudolph unwittingly attracted his first customers when the scent of donuts drew a crowd to the building, inspiring him to sell products from a walk-up window. By 1944, Rudolph expanded the space into a walk-in bakery outfitted with display cases. During the late 1940s, the company developed more flavors, such as jelly-filled and powdered. Partnering with schools, churches and other organizations for fundraising initiatives helped transform Krispy Kreme into a nationwide staple in the 1950s.