Last week I had the opportunity to go to Winston-Salem, North Carolina on a trip sponsored by Krispy Kreme! My good blogging friends Karen from Koupon Karen and Keri Lyn from She Saved also went and we got to meet some other very cool bloggers on the trip. Krispy Kreme did a great job of getting a diverse group of bloggers from all over and I’ve added many of their blogs to my reader since the trip.
It was an early morning flight for me and I was met by a Krispy Kreme representative and someone from The Graylyn, the hotel we were staying it. The Graylan was amazing and even though it was raining when we arrived I could see how beautiful the property was. My room was really nice and each room was different. They even had a small freezer stocked with Good Humor ice cream which we meant to try but were totally stuffed throughout this trip!
We had a few minutes of down time and had a delicious lunch at The Graylyn. I got to meet some of the other bloggers and then we got on a bus to head to the Krispy Kreme plant! This was an exciting moment!
We entered the building and saw their motto above the door. Isn’t it beautiful?
Krispy Kreme makes a dry mix that gets sent to stores and commissaries all from this one plant we were in. It’s made with a secret recipe and while we did get to touch the envelope from the vault (see picture) we didn’t get to see the actual recipe! I love that it’s a top secret thing and so protected.
The plant we saw had large vats where they hold things and storage of the dry ingredients. They print their own bags and fill them and those get sent to the stores and the commissaries. The picture above is in the commissary inside the plant. Commissaries are like local factories where they make the items you see in the grocery and convenience stores. They make the items and local delivery drivers come and take them to the stores. They go every other day to the stores to make sure the items are fresh! Krispy Kreme is all about freshness! The picture above is them making original glazed donuts. Yum. Did you know a Krispy Kreme original glazed has 190 calories? I was going to say only because it’s really not a lot for such a delicious piece of food!
How good does this look? Right after this we were each given a box of 6 original glazed HOT! Everyone waited until we got on the bus and then all you heard was a chorus of “mmmmm” as everyone dug in. It was our first doughnut of the trip – but certainly not our last!
Here is the filling station at the commissary we were in – we got to try one of these machines the next day. You do 2 doughnuts at a time and stick them onto these metal spindles, press in and boom, the filling squirts into them. It was cool.
After our tour of the plant and commissary we went to Old Salem. I didn’t know anything about Old Salem before this trip and it was fun! It is a restoration of Old Salem which was inhabited by the Moravians. We got to see how they would have lived, try some of the food, etc.
We headed back to The Graylyn for a few minutes and then off to the Spring House restaurant. The chef was there to serve us and we had a lovely salad with local greens, I had the filet and the dessert was this delicious pecan chocolate tart with a Krispy Kreme streusel. It was yummy and the perfect end to a great day!
We headed back to the hotel and were exhausted! At that point I had been awake for 19 hours and headed to bed. I knew we had a full schedule the next day and couldn’t wait to meet the folks at Krispy Kreme for a day of hands on fun and deliciousness!
Krispy Kreme sponsored my trip but I was not required to write about it. All opinions are my own.
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