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Krispy Kreme comes to ASU

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2012 15:03

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A student buys coffee and a Krispy Kreme donut at one of the new locations in the Sunbelt Lounge.

Beginning this month, ASU students can enjoy the opening of the Krispy Kreme franchise in four locations on campus.

“I wanted to bring something exciting to the last semester,” said Pam Hatcher, retail manager for dining services. “Everyone is usually exhausted the last semester, and I’m very enthusiastic for this new exciting new outlet. Hopefully it’s exciting for everyone.”

Although the exact origins of the doughnut is full of myth, records show that the Dutch were preparing a primal variant of the culinary delight in olykoeks, or “oily cakes,” as early as the 19th century.

These basic Dutch treats were balls of bread cooked in animal fat until golden brown, often stuffed with fruit or nuts in the center as the inside of the delicacies did not cook as quickly as the outside – an important footnote as this frustration is what gave rise to its modern incantation.

The modern version, most historians agree, also came in the 19th century from a sea captain in Maine named Hansen Gregory, who gave the doughnut its signature hole after being frustrated with its recurrently uncooked center.

According to its website, Krispy Kreme surfaced almost 100 years later, in 1947 when North Carolina resident Vernon Rudolf, purchased Krispy Kreme’s now signature recipe for a yeast-raised doughnut from a New Orleans French chef. Vernon then began selling the product to grocery stores in Winston-Salem area, as it quickly caught on with the depression battered and war-fatigued American public.

Krispy Kreme is currently found in four locations on campus: the Sunbelt Lounge, the Food Court in the Student Union, Café a la Carte in front of the library, and in a limited capacity one can purchase them in the convenience store on the second floor of the Student Union.

“The doughnuts retail for $1.19 in all locations, but if you go to the Campus convenient store, you can buy a two pack for $2.19 or a six pack of the glazed in a box for $3.59,” Hatcher said.

All locations are currently offering five different doughnut selections, with more on order.

“We of course have the standard, ever popular glazed doughnut, the chocolate doughnut, Crullers, Raspberry filled and Crème filled,” Hatcher noted. “But I am wide open to suggestions. If students are looking for a particular kind, I would love to hear suggestions. I’m always looking for innovative ideas.”

And innovation is exactly what the Krispy Kreme franchise gives, offering more than 20 assortments of doughnuts, along with a few seasonal products – a long way from the standard glazed doughnut first offered 65 years ago.

While Krispy Kreme doughnuts may be good for the soul, but they remain salaciously hateful for a student’s waistline.

A single chocolate iced glazed doughnut is packed with 240 calories, 11 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates, and 21 grams of sugar – something most students, and Americans should take into consideration with their increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

As with everything, Hatcher notes, consuming Krispy Kreme doughnuts in moderation is key.

“Students have to make a decision on what their body can take,” Hatcher said. “We [dining services] offer lots of alternatives for weight conscious students in the Food Court and at the Library. We have salads, fruit cups, grapes and cheese cups and a new portobello on Pakashi sandwhich for vegetarians.”

The Krispy Kreme sites, which opened on March 7, have found popularity among the student, faculty and staff population, with a few sites selling out by the end of the day.

“We opened on last Wednesday, and it has been incredibly well received,” Hatcher said. “Everyone seems to love these doughnuts.”

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