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    (July 13, 1937- )
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
    Founded by Vernon Rudolph
    Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Best known for their signature Original Glazed doughnut
    Also sells coffee, soft drinks, sandwiches, and frozen/iced beverages
    Over 1,000 locations as of July 2016
    Logo was designed by Benny Dinkins
    Franchises typically feature windows allowing customers to see the donuts glazed on the conveyor belt
    Donuts and assorted products (e.g. Cake Mix) are distributed at over 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S.
    It is infamous for its dangerously high calorie count.
    Shaquille O'Neal purchased all Atlanta-based franchises.
    New chain openings usually are accompanied by long lines, typically stretching around the block.
    They attempted to make a push into the Northeast but Dunkin Donuts so monopolized the market that they pulled out with their tails behind them.
    Its UK franchise used a tone deaf promotion called 'KKK Wednesday' (acronym for 'Krispy Kreme Klub' not the hate group) for kids, which prompted vocal outrage on social media.
    This may or may not have influenced corporate to briefly entertain switching to 'Krispy Cream' (a news report claiming the British division officially made the change turned out to be a clever April Fool's hoax).
    We all remember the famous Chris Rock 'Kracky Kreme' standup routine: 'Krispy Kreme donuts are so good that if I told you right now they had crack in them you'd go I KNEW something was up!'
    And actually, there's at least one instance of their donut glaze being mistaken for drugs: a 64-year-old man was arrested on after an Orlando police officer spotted four tiny flakes of Krispy Kreme on his mustache and mistook it for crystal meth - charges were later dropped after the chem-lab had it analyzed (July, 2016).
    They tried addressing health conscious 'transfat' concerns by unveiling a Whole Wheat glazed donut, but (unsurprisingly) it didn't catch on.
    They are hot, gooey, delicious, and finger-licking awesome (sorry Colonel!)
    Krispy Kreme hats have been turned into makeshift souvenirs for customers.
    Locations predominately blast popular hits from the 1950s-60s over their speakers.
    It was one of the first donut/coffee chains to have supermarkets and gas stations carry their products, which boosted their sales significantly.
    Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta worked there out of High School.
    Free Donut giveaways occur every National Donut Day (June 3) as well on the anniversary of the company's founding (July 13).
    They have helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds for decades (often donating dozens of donuts to children's hospitals).
    There's a charity race held annually by NC State University requiring competitors to run 5 miles through Raleigh in less than an hour, all the while consuming 2,400 calories worth of donuts ('Krispy Kreme Challenge').
    Charles Barkley is such a Krispy junkie that that his co-workers at TNT celebrated his 53rd birthday by presenting him with 53 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts (636 in total!)
    It is referenced in a joke in 'Bruce Almighty' when a female party guest casually mentions that she 'lost 47 pounds on the Krispy Kreme diet' thanks to Bruce/God.
    It had a tie-in with Saban's 'Power Rangers' film - unveiling a special line of Rangers-themed donuts and even creating an interactive (fictional) 'Angel Grove' location featured on their website.

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