3/4 cup sugar

2 T. cornstarch

1/8 tsp. salt

2 cups milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

5 Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened. Gradually whisk about 1 cup hot cream mixture into yolk. Add yolk mixture to remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in vanilla bean paste. Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap directly on cream mixture and chill 8 to 24 hours.

Chop Krispy Kreme doughnuts into small pieces. Stir 1/4 of the chopped doughnuts into the cream mixture. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2 qt. electric ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream is set, stir in remaining Krispy Kreme doughnuts and put in freezer to harden.

Recipe from Simple Pleasures, Stephanie Parker

Krispy Kreme is a family owned company, which includes the fifth and third generation of the Smith family. They still believe in the Krispy Kreme image of being an All-American product with All-American values and giving back to the community. They were founded in 1960 by T. W. (now deceased) and Frances Smith (Frances, now 84 years old). Krispy Kreme offers  a #1 product that still brings excitement to the Tuscaloosa community after 53 years.

Motto: “Krispy Kreme, Hot Now & Anytime!”


Led by: Evan Smith

Why They’re Unique: This is truly a favorite family owned business! The Smith family shows the more you give to the community, the more you get back. On, April 27, 2011 Tuscaloosa, Al. was hit by an F4 tornado. This tornado went for 5 miles on the ground, devastating everything in its path. Krispy Kreme was one of the establishments on this path. Over a year later, Krispy Kreme has now re-opened in the Tuscaloosa/Northport communities. During the opening day and for weeks to follow, police had to direct traffic because of the long lines to enter Krispy Kreme. The Tuscaloosa community has truly profited from the  generosity of the Smith family!

They Can Answer Questions Relating to:

1. What does the HOT LIGHT mean? The glazed doughnuts are cooking and glazing on the conveyor belt ready to box.

2. Where do doughnut holes come from? In the old days handmade doughnuts had special metal cutters to give them a different look.

3. How did the doughnut get its name? When doughnuts were made they wuld put a nut in the center to give a special surprise and taste.

Meet The Expert

Third generation doughnut maker, Evan Smith, handles the day to day running of Krispy Kreme along with second generation uncle and fifth generation children. T. W. (now deceased) and Frances Smith started Krispy Kreme in 1960. Their three sons and two daughters followed them and came into the family business. Today Frances’ (now 84) grandchildren and great grandchildren have been added to the business.


 Delicious Krispy Kreme Recipes


4 Krispy Kreme Blueberry Cake doughnuts

3/4 stick unsalted butter (divided into 1/2 stick and 1/4 stick)

all-purpose flour (approximately 1/4-1/2 cup)

1 3/4 cups water

1 cup granulated sugar (divided into 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup)

4 egg yolks

1/3 cup cornstarch

1/8 tsp salt

zest of 2 lemons

juice of 3 lemons


1.In a food processor, pulse the 4 doughnuts into crumbs.

2.Melt 1/2 stick of butter and mix with doughnut crumbs until well combined.

3.Add flour into a workable dough is created. (It should hold together easily but also not be too wet.)

4.Press dough into bottom and sides of a 9″ tart pan.

5.Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

6.In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, and zest until well combined.

7.Meanwhile, combine 3/4 cup sugar and water in medium saucepan and stir until dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil.

8.Slowly pour the water/sugar mixture into the egg yolk mixture, stirring yolks constantly while pouring.

9.Return entire mixture to heat and bring to a boil again. (You will need to stir frequently in this stage to keep mixture from burning!)

10.Once mixture boils, remove from heat and add remaining 1/4 stick of butter and lemon juice. Stir until butter melts and mixture is well combined.

11.Pour into baked tart crust and cool.

12.Once cool, place in refrigerator until sets.

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Bring your class, Girl Scout troop, church class, etc. to Krispy Kreme for a tour demonstrating how Krispy Kreme Donuts are made.  Maybe they’ll even let you decorate your own doughnut  to take home.

Established in 1960, Krispy Kreme is now run by the fifth generation of the Smith Family, and still dedicated to the Tuscaloosa community.

Krispy Kreme and Alabama basketball. Is there a better combination?