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Krispy Kreme Trip – Day 1

by Nicole on January 27, 2013

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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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sue Hull February 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Thanks for sharing the pictures. I think that would be a cool place to visit. It’s always interesting to see how things are made. :)

2 Clenna February 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I have tried Krispy Kreme donuts several times but just can’t eat them! But this would be a fun place to take my kids.

3 Kate Rivas March 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Love Krispy Cremes…..I do not even have to eat them, just look at them and glue them to my thighs….Just kidding, they are great!

4 kristine May 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I’ve loved the Krispy Kreme since I was a kid in Daytona Beach. Wish I would have bought the stock!!

5 Darlene Jones-Nelson May 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I love these donuts! I love how they melt in your mouth! How exciting it must have been to go behind the sceens to watch how they are made

6 Judith S. July 3, 2013 at 12:02 am

I love Krispy Kreme’s. I gained 5 pounds just craving them after reading about your visit.

7 Wendi S July 29, 2013 at 7:10 am

The best pairing in the world-The Krispy Krème and Coffee.

8 Jerri Davis August 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thank you for the tour of Krispy Kreme this is interesting, I like doughnut making. Thank you, Jerri Davis

9 kristin sims September 2, 2013 at 1:13 am

I LOVE your pictures, what a cool trip! I had no idea that a Krispy Kreme glazed donut only had 190 calories! I thought they had a lot more!, Glad you had a great trip!

10 Sara Duff October 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

I use to live in Winston-Salem several years ago and I do miss Krispy Kreme! Nice trip!

11 pam hunt November 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I would love to have your life…this trip soundedso cool

12 karen a. November 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

How fun to learn more about my favorite doughnut shop.

13 Wendi S April 28, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I bet that was fun. I had never heard of a coffee and donut pairing. Krispy Kremes are the best

14 MaryJane June 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Would be a fun tour. I love Krispy Kremes.

15 susan king January 12, 2015 at 8:29 pm

This is making my mouth water for donuts !! Thank you for sharing your experience with us !!

16 Marnie Ward March 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

I love Krispy Kreme and would have liked to take the tour too. I moved from Virginia to South Dakota and we don’t have Krispy Kreme here. I once got my mother to get me a dozen donuts and bring them in her suit case. They were still good even with the wear.

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