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Cool Donut Facts
Mel-O-Cream Donuts The longest pastry was a mille-fuille (cream filled pastry) 1037.25m (3403ft) in length, made in Ypres, Belgium on September 4-5 1992.

Mel-O-Cream Donuts According to the Guinness Book of world records, the record for donut eating is held by John Haight, who consumed 52 ounces of donuts(29) in just over six minutes in 1981.
Mel-O-Cream Donuts On one of his South Pole expeditions, Admiral Richard Byrd took 100 barrels of donut flour, enough for two years

Mel-O-Cream Donuts The largest doughnut ever made was an American-style jelly doughnut weighing 1.7 tons (3739 lbs), which was 4.9 m (16 ft) in diameter and 40.6 (16in) high in the center. It was made in Utica, New York, USA on January 21, 1993
Hurray for Donuts!Largest Donut ever weighed over 1.7 tons!

Donut Philosophy
Mel-O-Cream Donuts Doughnuts will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no doughnuts.
Mel-O-Cream DonutsLife is like a box of doughnuts
Mel-O-Cream DonutsmmMMMMmmmmm…. doughnuts…..
...Homer J. Simpson
Mel-O-Cream DonutsThe donut hole didn't go anywhere because it was never really there. - - ...Rhonda Barger
Mel-O-Cream Donuts Doughnut or donut? That is the question!
Mel-O-Cream DonutsThe (doughnut) hole is there, we know it is, but you can't see it, you can't feel it. You cannot prove its existence, and yet by its very existence it defines and shapes the doughnut. Therefore, I believe the hole is the soul of a doughnut. When you eat a doughnut, you have fulfilled its reason for existing, and you set free its immortal soul --the hole. Woe to those half-eaten doughnuts whose souls are doomed to purgatory, and those stale, unbitten doughnuts whose immortal lives will continue in doughnut hell! ...Teddi Deppner

donuts, donuts, donuts!
The definition of donut
The History of the Donut

Sharing a powdered donut. The doughnut has existed since the begining of time. So long that archaeologists continue to unearth fossilized bits of what look like doughnuts in the middens of prehistoric Native American settlements.

The doughnut, as we know and love, supposedly came to Manhatten (then still New Amsterdam) under the Dutch name of olykoeks--"oily cakes."

Dutch immigrants eating cake donuts. In early colonial times, US. Dutch immigrants discovered fried cake. So, the story goes, a cow kicked a pot full of boiling oil over onto some pastry mix, thus inventing the golden brown delight. Apparently, they didn't share this great discovery with their homeland and the fried cakes became a staple in the harsh conditions that existed in the colony.

Around 1847, Elizibeth Gregory, a New England ship captain's mother, made a deep-fried dough that used her son's spice cargo of nutmeg, cinnimon, and lemon rind. She made the deep fried cakes for son Hansen and his crew so they could store the pastry on long voyages...and to help ward off scurvy and colds. Mrs. Gregory put hazel nuts or walnuts in the center, where the dough might not cook through, and called them doughnuts.

Hansen always took credit for the hole in the doughnut. Some doughnut historians think that Hansen was a bit of a cheapskate and was just trying to save on food costs. Others say that he gave the doughnut its first hole when, in the middle of a terrible storm and in order to get both hands on the ships wheel, he crammed one of his mothers fried sensations onto one of the wooded spokes of the wheel. Yet another tale claims that he decided, after a visit from an angel, that the doughy center of the fried cakes had to go.

Her son Hanson presented "his" creation to the people who apparently sang and danced for days in praise of the best fried cake they had ever tasted. Is the doughnut heavenly food? 17th century America thought so, but unfortunately Hanson was eventually burnt at the stake for being a witch in the mid-19th century. Today, the town of Clam Cove, Maine has a plaque in honor of Captain Hanson Gregory, the man who invented the hole in the donut.

Doughboys grabbing a cinnamon suprise in between battles.

In the Middle of World War I, millions of homesick American "doughboys" were served up countless doughnuts by women volunteers, trying to give the soldiers a taste of home.

Mel-O- Cream Donuts founder Kelly Grant Sr.

The first doughnut machine was invented in 1920, in New York City, by a man named Adolph Levitt, a refugee from czarist Russia. Levitt's doughnut machine was a huge hit causing doughnuts to spread like wildfire.

Mel-O- Cream Donuts was founded in 1932 by Kelly Grant Sr., who provided fresh delicious donuts to restaurants and corner grocery stores. Click here to view the History of Mel-O-Cream.

Donuts at the Worlds Fair in 1934.

By 1934, at the World's Fair in Chicago, doughnuts were billed as "the hit food of the Century of Progress". Seeing them made by machines "automatically" somehow made them seem all the more futuristic.

Doughnuts became beloved. Legend says that dunking donuts first became a trend when actress Mae Murray accidentally dropped a donut in her coffee one day at Lindy's Deli on Broadway. In the 1934 film It Happened One Night newspaperman Clark Gable teaches young runaway heiress Claudette Corbet how to "dunk". In 1937 a popular song proclaimed that you can live on coffee and doughnuts if "you're in love".

During World War II, Red Cross women, known as Doughnut Dollies passed out hot doughnuts to the hard fighting soldiers.

Today, in the United States alone, over 10 billion doughnuts are made every year.

Donut FAQ's
What is Smart Pack™? It is special designed packaging available only at MOC. Smart Pack™ gives you three pre-counted bags for quicker finishing. Usually each pre-counted bag fills one standard baking tray.
Where can I buy Mel-O-Cream Donuts? Mel-O-Cream finished donuts can only be purchased at one of the Franchise locations in Springfield, IL or Lincoln, IL. Otherwise, Mel-O-Cream products are used in grocery chains, retail bakeries, convenience stores and restaurants throughout the Mid-west United States. You may be eating Mel-O-Cream right now!
Can I open a new Mel-O-Cream franchise? We are currently not in the franchising business.
What are Paczki? Pronounced "poonch-key" or "punch-key". Tradition has it, these plump, sugar coated, filled Polish treats are to be served up every year on "Fat Tuesday," the day before Lent, as a last chance splurge on something sinfully rich before fasting.
Where did the name Mel-O-Cream come from? The name originated from the "secret formula" base originally known as Cream that was used in the original franchise donut. As for the Mel-O portion of the name, it is unknown where the name originated. Some say that eating a Mel-O-Cream donut is a form of relaxation and it can "mellow" you out on a busy morning!
Why use Prefried? Prefried donuts offer standardized quality and allow for less variance on the finished product. They also provide savings in the form of less training, labor, equipment costs and preparation time. It can take as little as 30 minutes from the freezer to the customer!
Why use Frozen Dough? Frozen dough products offer more individual control of the finished product. A basic product line can be used to produce a larger variety including specialty donuts, breakfast rings, coffee cakes, pull-apart breads and seasonal or event shapes.

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