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Krispy Kreme Donuts, Bolivar

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by Cecelia (subscribe)
Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love".
Published December 18th 2016
Visit the factory and see donuts being made fresh
Krispy Kreme, Bolivar, Donuts, orange juice machine
Krispy Kreme next to OTR Bolivar - Photo by Allan

I am not sure whether it was because it was Saturday or because it was close to Christmas, but when we visited Krispy Kreme yesterday, a staff member was bringing fresh hot original glaze donuts out from the production area and offering a free donut to patrons.

The store is conveniently placed beside the On The Run Petrol station on the outbound side of Port Wakefield Road, Bolivar. The South Australian stores operate independently but are still part of the original Krispy Kreme concept. Krispy Kreme opened at Bolivar in December 2015 and as the nostalgic pictures on the wall demonstrate, the store is dedicated to honouring the memory of Krispy Kreme over the decades.

Krispy Kreme was established when Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeast-based doughnut recipe from a New Orleans chef and began baking donuts to deliver to grocery stores in 1937. As pedestrians passed his bakehouse in Old Salem town (Winston-Salem, NC) they noticed the delicious smell of baking and knocked on the door asking whether they could buy some hot fresh snacks. Vernon Rudolph simply put a hole in the wall through which to serve the public and the first Krispy Kreme street donunt store was established!

In post war 1944, a glass case was manufactured for the top of the counter and the display case was invented. Here a variety of donuts, breads and buns could be arranged appetisingly and hygienically for public viewing.

Krispy Kreme, Bolivar, Donuts
Donuts on display - Photo by Allan

The original glazed donut which is covered with a thin layer of vanilla (I am guessing because I do not have the secret recipe) glace icing while still hot was created in 1945 and is their signature product till this day. If you visit the Bolivar store, you can look through the glass window and observe the conveyor belt which carries the donuts under the stream of glace icing and out the other side for packaging. Production was automated like this in 1963.

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Krispy Kreme donuts on conveyor - Photo by Allan

In 1955 the original delivery truck (you can buy a model of this from the display to the right of the food counter) was commissioned. A fundraising concept was also broached where schools, clubs and not-for-profit community organisations could buy donuts in bulk to distribute amongst members. Vernon Rudolph died in 1973, but the company continues to grow and delight consumers.

Now, a word about the food… Krispy Kreme arrived here from America and represent our chance to sample the sweet rich product so popular in the US. We chose to sample their only savoury offerings – the Kransky wrapped in pastry and the cheese and bacon pull-apart which looks a bit like a huge muffin. Both were nice, however, it is the sweet arena where Krispy Kreme shines.

For $5 you can get a cup of coffee and an original glace donut. The coffee has a good quality and flavour and the hot fresh original glace donut melts in the mouth. There is a huge range of iced and decorated donuts if you want something even sweeter than original glace.

Krispy Kreme have gelato. A small cone is $5 and is piled high with several scoops if you get a served by a generous staff member. Flavours include cookies and cream, salted caramel and cheesecake. You can also have gelato placed within a donut for a unique sweet experience.

Krispy Kreme make their own orange juice by feeding oranges through a machine. You can get a fresh and healthy glass or arrange to go with your snack. This is also a healthy alternative for children. A bite of sweet cake and then a sip of orange juice gives a sudden contrast of sweet and sour!

Krispy Kreme, Bolivar, Donuts, orange juice machine
Orange Juice machine - Photo by Allan
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Where: 859 Port Wakefield Rd, Bolivar SA 5110
Cost: from $5
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I didn't realise you could visit the factory, might be too tempting seeing all those donuts
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 1289 days ago
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