Glaze being applied to Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Photo via


Krispy Kreme was founded here in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, back in 1937 by a man named Vernon Rudolph. Krispy Kreme celebrated its 80th anniversary by offering their box of one dozen doughnuts for just 80 cents on July 14, 2017. “It’s remarkable that for 80 years, Krispy Kreme’s commitment to delivering world-class doughnuts the Krispy Kreme way — hot, fresh, and now — has not changed,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme, in a press release. Today, residents of Winston-Salem love to see Krispy Kreme’s neon “Hot Now” sign lit up.


History of Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem

Vernon Rudolph began selling doughnuts to local grocery stores in Winston-Salem in 1937. His secret doughnut recipe came from a French chef in New Orleans. No one else was selling doughnuts as sweet, light, and fluffy as Rudolph’s. The taste and smell of Rudolph’s doughnuts was so good that customers started coming to his bakery, requesting to buy doughnuts right out of the oven. At the time, he was only selling his doughnuts to grocery stores. Being the innovative man he was, Rudolph cut a hole in an outside wall and began selling his doughnuts to customers directly.


Krispy Kreme Locations in Winston-Salem

The very first Krispy Kreme location was on South Main Street in what is now historic Old Salem. Today, there are three Krispy Kreme locations in Winston-Salem, along with the Krispy Kreme headquarters and distribution center.

You can locate the Krispy Kreme nearest you using the map below.

Visit the Krispy Kreme Headquarters

The Krispy Kreme headquarters is located at 370 Knollwood St. On a tour, you’ll learn about what types of ingredients go into a Krispy Kreme doughnut, what type of beans they use to make their coffee, and about their mission and values. Krispy Kreme fan Kristin took a tour of the headquarters and wrote about her experience on her blog, Our Ordinary Life. To request a tour, contact Krispy Kreme.


Fundraising with Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme’s fundraising program has been used by schools, churches, nonprofits, and charities to raise money all over the world. College students involved in a club or organization that needs to raise money could also benefit from the program. Any group or cause that falls into one of these categories is eligible: educational, religious, charitable, or community. Krispy Kreme makes it easy to start a fundraiser with step-by-step instructions and a goal-setting calculator on their website.


Krispy Kreme is the perfect place to go when your sweet tooth strikes a craving. Stop by the location closest to you, and support the company that has been a part of Winston-Salem for the past 80 years!