Krispy Kreme is a family owned company, which includes the fifth and third generation of the Smith family. They still believe in the Krispy Kreme image of being an All-American product with All-American values and giving back to the community. They were founded in 1960 by T. W. (now deceased) and Frances Smith (Frances, now 84 years old). Krispy Kreme offers a #1 product that still brings excitement to the Tuscaloosa community after 53 years.
Motto: “Krispy Kreme, Hot Now & Anytime!”
Led by: Evan Smith
Why They’re Unique: This is truly a favorite family owned business! The Smith family shows the more you give to the community, the more you get back. On, April 27, 2011 Tuscaloosa, Al. was hit by an F4 tornado. This tornado went for 5 miles on the ground, devastating everything in its path. Krispy Kreme was one of the establishments on this path. Over a year later, Krispy Kreme has now re-opened in the Tuscaloosa/Northport communities. During the opening day and for weeks to follow, police had to direct traffic because of the long lines to enter Krispy Kreme. The Tuscaloosa community has truly profited from the generosity of the Smith family!
They Can Answer Questions Relating to:
1. What does the HOT LIGHT mean? The glazed doughnuts are cooking and glazing on the conveyor belt ready to box.
2. Where do doughnut holes come from? In the old days handmade doughnuts had special metal cutters to give them a different look.
3. How did the doughnut get its name? When doughnuts were made they wuld put a nut in the center to give a special surprise and taste.
Meet The Expert
Third generation doughnut maker, Evan Smith, handles the day to day running of Krispy Kreme along with second generation uncle and fifth generation children. T. W. (now deceased) and Frances Smith started Krispy Kreme in 1960. Their three sons and two daughters followed them and came into the family business. Today Frances’ (now 84) grandchildren and great grandchildren have been added to the business.
LET KRISPY KREME BE YOUR FUND-RAISING PARTNER
Delicious Krispy Kreme Recipes
This Krispy Kreme breakfast sandwich is combined salty ham, Gruyère cheese, and an over-easy fried egg on an original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut to create a croque madame. The flavors are amazing together.
- 4 Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts (or you can cut 2 in half if you’re delicate)
- 2 thick slices of good smoked ham
- 2 slices Gruyère cheese
- Hellmann’s mayonnaise
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
Lay 2 doughnuts out on a plate. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and sear the slices of ham on both sides briefly. Remove them to a paper towel to drain for a bit before placing each slice onto a doughnut. Top with a thin slice or two of Gruyère and microwave for a a few seconds to get the cheese melted. Smear with some mayonnaise. Melt the last tablespoon of butter in your skillet. Break one egg at a time into the pan, salt and pepper it, and fry it to your desired doneness (I’d like to make a pitch for over-easy or -medium, since the gooey yolk is delicious in this sandwich!) Place the fried egg briefly on the paper-towel lined plate to drain off the excess butter, and then place one on top of each stack of ham and Gruyère. Top both sandwiches with another doughnut as the “top bun.” Serve immediately.
The Krispy Kreme Breakfast Sandwich
Yep that is a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich between a Krispy Kreme doughnut bun.
The Krispy Kreme Breakfast Sandwich
- 1 egg
- 2 slices of bacon
- 1 slice of your favorite cheese
- 1 Krispy Kreme Doughnut
- Salt and pepper to taste
To start you need a Krispy Kreme Doughnut. I used a fresh off the line doughnut and it was a little too soft to cut. I would recommend using one that has completely cooled. Cut the doughnut in half.
Next fry up some bacon. I used the microwave as I was in a hurry. Place the two strips of bacon on a couple layers of paper towel that are arranged on a microwave safe plate. Cover the bacon with another paper towel and place in the microwave on high for 4 minutes. It comes out perfect every time. Microwaves vary so you may have to decrease or increase the time by 30 seconds.
Next fry up an egg. I like a hard yolk in my breakfast sandwiches. Maybe it is because the golden arches as a kid, not sure. But I usually break the egg to get a nice solid egg platform. Cook the egg and then fold it into a square. Place the bacon on top and then layer on the cheese. To melt the cheese perfectly, put a couple of drops of water in the pan and then cover. The steam will melt the cheese perfectly.
Don’t worry about the calories.
Krispy Kreme birthday cakes are hit when made out of Krispy Kreme doughnut holes covered in chocolate icing.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alabama Fans! Hurry to Krispy Kreme for their glazed football doughnuts. Perfect for game day treats on the quad or at a party. Chocolate icing over football shaped glazed doughnuts, as seen in the above featured image!
Watch the video to learn what really makes Krispy Kreme Tuscaloosa the true Doughnut Local Expert!
Have A Question? Ask The Experts!
Bring your class, Girl Scout troop, church class, etc. to Krispy Kreme for a tour demonstrating how Krispy Kreme Donuts are made. Maybe they’ll even let you decorate your own doughnut to take home.
Established in 1960, Krispy Kreme is now run by the fifth generation of the Smith Family, and still dedicated to the Tuscaloosa community.
Krispy Kreme and Alabama basketball. Is there a better combination?