In honor of National Doughnut Day, a “sweet” repost from the past, updated for today:
National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. But there’s also another National Donut Day in November!
Here’s an infographic from Fast Company magazine about today’s National Doughnut Day:
Upon closer look at the picture above – especially the statistic in the doughnut hole – it’s nice to know that I’m above average.
Like many things in my life, this fondness all came about because of a book: Homer Price and the Doughnut Machine. I have great memories of reading about Homer and Uncle Ulysses and the automatic doughnut machine. I remembered the image of doughnuts stacked to the ceiling with more coming out of the machine every minute. I’ve looked for a machine like that for a long time, but the Krispy Kreme shop is as close as I’ll come! Reading that book gave me a taste for doughnuts that continues to this day.
Thinking about Homer Price, I just happened to be near my favorite used bookstore in Charlotte – Book Buyers. On a whim, I pulled in, went to the children’s section, and there it was, just like I remembered it. With my $1 purchase, I’m going to start the day off, reading the story again – with a doughnut, of course!
There’s no “Hot Light” in my hometown, but that’s not going to stop me from celebrating somewhere…
More fun facts about donuts!
If you’ve still got a sweet tooth, check out this post on the secrets to Krispy Kreme’s success.
It’s National Doughnut Day – I’ve got to write about Krispy Kreme, the most wonderful doughnut in the world, especially when it comes right off the line when the Hot Light is on and they hand you one on a wooden stick and it just melts in your mouth, and oh by the way Krispy Kreme started in Winston-Salem North Carolina so I have to support local business and…
In 2004 authors Kirk Kazanjian and Amy Joyner went behind the scenes to look at the six decade history of one of the world’s premier brands and most admired companies. Making Dough tells the compelling true story of a company that has managed to maintain a wholesome, small-town image, while achieving phenomenal success through a mixture of customer loyalty, high product standards, technological advancements, and community involvement.
The book is full of great ideas, insider interviews, and colorful stories that show how this phenomenal organization has successfully evolved and grown through the years. Each chapter thoroughly examines one key technique the company uses to stay successful.
Here’s a dozen to go, right off the line!
- Mix good taste with show business
- Be picky about your partners
- Make good use of your time and resources
- Expand and protect your brand
- Think big, but grow carefully
- Be a guerrilla marketer with a soft touch
- Maintain high standards
- Harness the power of technology
- Give back to the community
- Select, train, and treat your employees well
- Build on your success
- Keep them coming back
Making Dough shows you how Krispy Kreme’s delectable delights rose to the top and continue to tempt the world.
Pick up a copy of Making Dough, grab a dozen or two glazed, and you’ll soon find yourself with some “sweet” ideas to help your organization stay fresh – and in demand!
If you liked this post, here’s a throwback you’ll probably like too: Celebrating National Doughnut Day.