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Sunday
Aug312008

Kruller Quest Fulfilled

In a way.

Little did I know my blog entry of a few weeks ago reminiscing about Spaulding Krullers donuts would unearth at least two other people and families who'd also been thinking lately about the tasty treats of our childhoods.

We all asked each other, "What ever happened to those donuts? And how can we find out?"

Thanks to my parents, who still live in upstate NY and who went to our local grocer to do a little sleuthing, I found out the donuts are still made. In the red-and-white-striped box. With the blue banners. (The stickers are courtesy of my parents.)

They're made by Stroehmann Bakeries in Hosham near Philadelphia.

So, that's good. If you can get them.

The only bad part, and I'm sort of now remembering this, is that the recipe for that signature sugar coating has been *changed*. It's more like just regular powered donut sugar now. Not that unique stuff you could scrape off with your teeth.

I think I actually discovered this not long before I moved down to Washington DC from upstate NY and had, therefore, written the donuts out of my mind. They just weren't the same.

However, the doughnut dough itself still has that signature nutmeg-y flavor (as one of the guys who emailed me said).

Don't get me wrong. It was still way-fun to get a "mystery package" from my parents and find the box inside. It was still fun to remember how those little white donuts lifted me through more than one teen funk.

And I guess I'm not the only one!

Rejoice, the Kruller liveth!

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Reader Comments (9)

Woohoo, I just got a box of chocolate Spaulding Krullers in California. They were in a care package from Binghamton. Yum!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBK

who or where sells tose little white donuts from stroehmanns bakery?

February 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrainbug

My grandparents live in Binghamton and we get those every time we go up there to visit. I'm a huge fan of the chocolate ones myself, with the cinnamon sugar coated ones being a close second.

I will say that out of all the other store-bought mini-donuts that I've tried, the Hostess Chocolate Donettes are the closest thing to the Krullers as far as taste. They still pale in comparison, but when I tried them, they instantly made me think of the delicious little rings of joy we would get up north.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I grew up in Johnson City, Binghamton and Enicott and Spaulding Krullers wer part of my childhood-adulthood. if you got a cup of coffee, you also got a kruller. Dunking one in the winter was as close to heaven as you could get. At Halloween, after the main street parade in Johnson City, you got a kruller with a cup of ice cold apple cider. I went home with my belly full. In summer, it was a kruller with Eagle Birch Beer soda. Life was good.

When a family member went to JC to get some Little Venice Sauce, they would bring me back 2 boxes of krullers - Plain and Sugar. MY brothers last visit resulted in none found. None of the stores he visited carried them anymore.

If they are still sold, let me know.

thanks

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Verno

I too, remember being a a fan of the Spaulding Kruller and quite frankly no donut compares. I'm not even a donut fan (thankfully). BUT, those little white donuts with the unique powdered sugar coating were far better than anything that is out there today. I guess I was reminded of it this weekend when camping with family...I opened the Friehoffer box of super softees...ewe...sugar from sugar donuts should not stick to your lips and the nutmeg should be evident...Know what I mean?! Thanks for sharing the picture...brings back memories : )

I live in central NY and haven't seen them in many many years. It's disappointing that if they are still around - even remotely, that the recipe has been changed....how sad.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

I can't stand it any longer. I have to get my hands on those Spaulding Krullers. Started gnawin' on them in the mid-50s when I was in elementary school here in western Greene County [NY]. I'll drive anywhere within a 500-mile radius to get 'em. Do I have issues? Yup. Help this guy out. My car in warming up and I have a full tank.

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGuy Garraghan

I'm from a small town in Pennsylvania and I remember these krullers. They were fantastic! The powdered ones were excellent, but I loved the plain ones. Give me a glass of milk and a couple of plain krullers and I'm in heaven. The cinnamon krullers were pretty good too. I'm heading up to Binghamton today(under the pretext of buying lottery tickets) and I'll look around for them.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBig Dave

That's the original box but the donuts inside are different....Boy do I want that original recipe. If they could make them the same as they did back in the 50's, 60's and 70's it would be a miracle....that taste was unbelievably good and different from any donut made today....and that's a fact....anyone who tasted them back then will agree with me. Sooooo Stroemann, Hostess, Little Debbie or whomever....do the public all a huge favor and figure that ORIGINAL recipe out....you'll make a bundle of money ...I guarantee it!

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

ON MY MIND! Could NOT remember the brand, but oddly remembered the blue and white logo!

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Green

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