Our History


It all begins right here. Well Actually in

1937 In Winston-Salem, NC

Where a man named


Rented an old warehouse building in what is now historic Old Salem, and began making and selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to local grocery stores. The delicious scent of cooking doughnuts drifted into the streets, and passers-by stopped to ask if they could buy hot doughnuts. So, he cut a hole in an outside wall and started selling hot Original Glazed doughnuts directly to customers on the sidewalk.


Next Thing You Know, Business Started Booming

So he perfected the doughnut-making equipment and the recipe to be used in this new chain of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shops, ensuring that every single doughnut made was deserving of the Krispy Kreme name. We could go on and on and tell you about the decades in between then and now. About our expansion to become a global company and our recognition as an American Icon by the Smithsonian. But we won't.

And Vernon Wanted To Keep It That Way

Because Really, What Makes a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Great Today or Way Back When

Is that commitment to doing it right

The Original Glazed Doughnut

While times have changed a lot, our signature Original Glazed Doughnut tastes just as amazing now as it did then. The secret recipe Original Glazed dougnhnut is now an iconic product recognised worldwide.





In October 2003 we opened the first UK store in the worlds famous Harrods Department Store. Since then we have opened many more stores, varying from Hotlight factory stores, to Kiosks, coffee shops and even our box stores where you are served from a giant doughnut box! We have over 90 stores employing over 1600 employees across the UK and have exciting growth plans.

We make joy and that's something that can

Change the world

Let's Be Craveable

We've never been ones to follow the crowd, especially the doughnut crowd. From our heritage and recipe, and even how we act every day - we are simply unique. And that's something to not just embrace, but celebrate. Beacause why be ordinary when we can be the extra ordinary.

We are our own blend of genuine ingredients and that includes each of our unique employees.