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Participate in 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids' Meals!

Participate in the 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids’ Meals!

Participate in 4th Annual Do-Nut Dash to Raise Funds for Kids' Meals!

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Shipley Do-Nuts started a new tradition four years ago that we hope to continue well into the future. Our fourth annual Do-Nut Dash is slated to take place on Saturday, April 14th and this is going to be our best year yet. We welcome you and your family to be part of the fun.

What is the Do-Nut Dash?

The Do-Nut Dash is a two-mile walk/run that starts at 9 AM at BBVA Compass Stadium and ends at the 8th Wonder Brewery. Adults can join to participate for $30 and kids for $20 (little ones may ride in strollers or wagons). All proceeds will be given to Kids’ Meals to help them continue their work. Participants not only get the pleasure of knowing they are helping a worthy organization, but will enjoy participation gifts such as free t-shirts, discounted baseball tickets, and chances to win a year’s worth of Shipley Do-Nuts and concert tickets.

What is Kids’ Meals?

Kids’ Meals is a non-profit organization that realized our youngest citizens, those still too young for school, often get over-looked when free meal programs are created to help them get at least one nutritional meal each day. Kids’ Meals has made it their mission to home deliver upwards of 2,700 meals a day to these children, who are often in homes where the parents can’t always provide the meals they need. These children are able to count on at least one nutritionally sound meal a day, five days a week. One hundred percent of the profits made during our fourth annual Do-Nut Dash will go to this program, which has benefited from over $55,000 from our previous three years.

The After Party

The after party of this annual event is often the most fun. All participants will receive a t-shirt along with free milk and donuts. In addition, children can get their faces painted and participate in a donut-themed costume contest that will grant the winner a year’s worth of donuts from Shipley Do-Nuts. Those over the age of 21 will get a free beverage from 8th Wonder Brewery. We want to make sure that all of our participants feel great about giving back to the community as well as have a blast throughout the process.

See You at the Finish Line!

You are invited to join in on what we hope is going to be our biggest and best year yet. Avoid the registration lines by signing up online before the event. Shipley Do-Nuts has been serving smiles since 1936. Help us and Kids’ Meals spread those smiles even further with our newest generation. See you on April 14th, rain or shine!

3 Easy Donut Glaze Recipes

3 Easy Donut Glaze Recipes_Shipley Do-Nuts

For various reasons, you may want to purchase our plain donuts and make glaze at home. This can be the case when you have a favorite recipe, or you won’t be serving the donuts immediately and prefer a fresher glaze. Our donuts go well with various kinds of glaze so we have decided to share with you some of our favorites, outside of our own that is.

Basic Glaze

This is a traditional glaze and the one most people think about when they think of glazed donuts.

Measure out two cups of powdered sugar. Add a quarter cup of milk and one teaspoon of vanilla. Mix the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and either drizzle the glaze over the donuts or dip the whole donut in for an all over coverage. For more of a vanilla taste, you can add an extra teaspoon of vanilla. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time.

Chocolate Glaze

In a microwave-safe bowl, place 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Add two tablespoons of butter, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and one tablespoon plus one teaspoon (four teaspoons) of light corn syrup. Heat in the microwave, stirring every fifteen seconds, until the chocolate chips are melted. Remove from the microwave and stir again, making sure the glaze is smooth. Drizzle or dip the donuts as desired. Place on a cake rack and allow to completely set. If you want, you can dip the donuts a second time for an even thicker glaze.

Maple-Coffee Glaze

Here’s one for you coffee lovers!

Start with 1/2 cup brewed coffee. Mix in 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, one teaspoon of maple flavoring and two tablespoons of melted butter. Add a small pinch of salt to bring the flavors together. Mix all the ingredients together until the glaze is smooth. You can add a bit more powdered sugar for a thicker glaze. Drizzle over the donuts or completely immerse them in the glaze for an all over covering. Let sit on a cake rack until glaze sets.

Making your own glaze for donuts often makes them seem a bit more special, plus you can honestly take credit for them at the church potluck. If you prefer the no-fuss way of enjoying what is our best selling donut, stop by the nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop and pick some up. You won’t be able to tell the difference between our donuts and the ones you make in your kitchen.

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How do Donuts Get Their Shape?

How Do Donuts Get Their Shape?

How do Donuts Get Their Shape?

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The exact history of donuts isn’t known. It is likely that some version has existed since man first started using fire and making dough. The shape of donuts, however, is not as much of a mystery.

Captain Hansen

In 1847, an American ship captain claims to have been the first person to ever put a hole in a donut. Before then, the dough was fried in hot oil and the outside of the finished product was crispy but the inside was still uncooked. This made for horrible digestion and a not-so-tasty treat. Captain Hansen started thinking and wondered what would happen if the middle was simply removed. What he discovered was a scrumptious treat that had the crispy outside and cake-like inside we have come to love.

Before the Hole

Before people started cooking donuts with holes in them, Dutch cooks tried to get rid of the raw middles by shaping the dough around some kind of filling that didn’t require cooking. This idea quickly caught on and spread. This is thought to be the predecessor of today’s filled donut.

Alternative Explanations

While the reasoning that was quoted by Captain Hansen is considered the most logical one, there are two others that are popular.

Bagels were starting to become popular in New York City and bakeries often displayed them on spindles. It seemed to donut bakers that doing the same with the donuts might get them in front of customers easier, so they started putting a hole in them to make this possible. It is thought, however, that this explanation isn’t very likely.

Our favorite origin story takes us back to Captain Hansen. It was rumored that the young Captain enjoyed his donuts above all other foods. His mother reportedly always sent some with him on his voyages. One day he was faced with a horrible storm at sea and he needed both hands free to steer the ship. Not wanting his donuts to get lost, he reportedly jammed them onto the spokes of the ship’s wheel, keeping them nearby for when he could eat them once the storm had passed and the ship was out of danger.

Final Thoughts

Historians agree that the practical reasoning of trying to prevent uncooked middles is most likely the real reason donuts have the shape they do. For more interesting donut history facts, check out this page. If reading about tasty donuts has gotten you thinking about how good one would taste, take a trip to your nearest Shipley Do-Nuts shop today.

Celebrities Who Love Donuts

A Celebrity Donut Affair: Celebrities Who Love Donuts

Celebrities Who Love Donuts

Donuts are a nationwide favorite, with thousands of fans across the world. Celebrities are no exception to the tasty treat’s fan base, and many are proud lovers of the guilty pleasure. From donut birthday cakes to family donut runs, check out these celebrities who fully flaunt their donut love!


Beyoncé is well known to be a huge donut lover! From her now-famous donut cake on Good Morning America, to her large orders of donuts while on tour (she even once ordered 4,000 donuts for her crew every day of a tour), Beyoncé has openly admitted donuts are her go-to sweet treat.

Taylor Swift

It’s no secret; Taylor Swift loves all tasty food. From cheeseburgers to candy, she loves to indulge in tempting treats. But donuts are a special favorite of Swift’s! She often makes late-night donut runs to satisfy her sweet tooth cravings, and can be seen with the delicious delicacy throughout her Instagram feed.

Zac Efron

Zac Efron is an avid donut lover, and often delights in the fluffy pleasure. Though usually on a strict diet and exercise regimen to stay in top shape for roles such as Baywatch, Efron treats himself to his favorite sweet every once in a while.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck fully enjoys donut runs, even in the rain! The popular actor has repeatedly been seen picking up a dozen of the delectable desserts, often accompanied by one of his adorable children or his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, to take home and enjoy. Guess the Batmobile does more than drive him to crime!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is all about food, but donuts are one of her favorite indulgences! Not only are some of her clothes covered in donuts (even her workout socks have printed donuts!), but she’s also posed in front of a donut-filled wall on Twitter and posted about her donut pregnancy cravings. She’s also been known to enjoy the golden confection with many of her famous friends, including Rita Ora and Jamie Chung.

Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama has been spotted many times making donut runs, particularly while on campaign during his presidency. He would often visit local donut shops and fill up on the golden treats, buying enough for all with him on the trip.

Whether it’s by celebrities on the big screen or on the radio, donuts are a highly loved delicacy favorited by many people in the industry. Even celebrities can’t resist the golden puffs of perfection!

Want to indulge in a tasty treat like these celebrities? Visit Shipley Do-Nuts and find your favorite today! With over 60 varieties to choose from, you’re sure to satisfy any craving. Shipley Do-Nuts are located all across the South; to find the nearest donut shop, check out our locations today!

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why donuts are better than bagels

Why Donuts Are Better Than Bagels

why donuts are better than bagels

Donuts and bagels. Bagels and donuts. They have long been breakfast and snack adversaries, staples in the battle for that perfect pick-me-up food that is both filling and convenient, but today it’s time to make it clear that there is one clear winner. Donuts are better than bagels and here is why.

Donuts Are the Healthier Option

Donuts may have a bad reputation when it comes to health, but they are less likely to give you a breakfast belly than other breakfast breads. While many opt for a bagel as a healthy-alternative, bagels can pack on the calories way more than donuts. Croissant and Brioche bread may sound fancy and healthier, but like bagels, they run a high-calorie count.

Donuts Are Fun

Donuts are fun because they are so versatile. They come in all sorts of fun flavors, shapes, and sizes. There is no such thing as a boring donut. They’re also fun because they can be eaten whenever, not just for breakfast, and be paired with all sorts of other foods like coffee drinks, milkshakes, fruit, or even ice cream.

They Truly Are Fresh

Unlike bagels, donuts don’t go bad right away, and they can be saved for a couple of days without much, if any, change. Heat them up in the microwave for a few seconds and they feel like they’re fresh out of the oven. Bagels, on the other hand, go bad the same day they’re made, and no attempt will make them edible again.

They Go Great with Coffee

Coffee is an American staple, especially when it comes to the weekday breakfast. Part of enjoying that morning cup of joe is having foods that add to the coffee flavors and aromas. Donuts do that; bagels don’t. The donut sweetness compliments the bitterness of coffee while the bland bagel flavor simply throws off the taste buds making that coffee taste weird.

They Are Affordable

Donuts aren’t expensive or overpriced which means buying one per day or more is an option even for those on a budget.

They’re a Great Way to Make Friends

Donuts are filling, fun, and affordable meaning they’re a great treat to please small or big crowds. Take a dozen to the office or the next friendly gathering, and you’re sure to win people over.

Ready to indulge in a delicious sweet? Find your local Shipley Do-Nuts donut shop near you with our store locator! Don’t forget to grab a cup of Joe while you’re there!

6 Holiday Donut Decorations

6 Holiday Donut Decorations

6 Holiday Donut Decorations

Sugared, glazed or topped with sprinkles, any day is a good day for a donut. The holidays, however, can be a time to get especially creative with the sweet treat. There are several fun ways to incorporate donuts into your holiday fun, whether you try out some new donut craft ideas or try your hand at decorating donuts with some holiday flair.

Reindeer Donuts

Complete with the trademark red nose, these reindeer donuts are easy for both kids and adults to make. First, start with chocolate glazed donuts from your favorite local donut shop. Pop a red, candy-coated chocolate in the middle for the nose and add two white chocolate chips for eyes. With two broken pretzel pieces for antlers, you’ll have one very sweet Rudolph!

Donut Hole Christmas Tree

Depending on the size of tree you’d like to make, you’ll need at least 24 donut holes. Use a Styrofoam cone as your base, covering it with donut holes attached with toothpicks. Drizzle your “tree” with red and green icing thinned with a splash of water, and add sprinkles for ornaments.

Snowmen Donut Faces

Powdered sugar donuts are the start of this easy donut decorating idea. Simply use chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth and a single, orange candy-coated chocolate for the “carrot nose.”

Holiday Donut Hole Wreath

Donut holes, a round plate, and green icing are all you need for the base of this donut craft. Arrange the glazed donut holes in a wreath shape and drizzle with a generous amount of green icing, thinned out with a bit of water. You can use red candies to construct a decorative bow or to imitate the holly berries that often brighten a holiday wreath.

Stacked Donut Hole Snowmen

Using three powdered sugar donut holes, construct a snowman with a toothpick as the center support. You can get creative with the icing for eyes, a nose and a mouth. If you’re really feeling ambitious, give your snowman a holiday sweater!

Peppermint Twist Donuts

Start with warm, vanilla-iced donuts from your favorite donut shop, rolling them in crushed candy canes. Your guests will think you spent hours making the holiday-inspired donut when it only took just a few minutes.

To make your donut crafts easy and enjoyable, skip the homemade donuts and pick up donuts from your favorite local donut shop instead. At Shipley Do-Nuts, we have all the delicious donuts you need to get creative and would love to see your sweet creations. Stop by one of our locations today, and stock up on donuts for all your holiday fun!

Adoughrable Donut Puns and Jokes to Tell Your Friends

Adoughrable Donut Puns and Jokes to Tell Your Friends

Adoughrable Donut Puns and Jokes to Tell Your Friends

Do-nuts aren’t just great to eat; they are also a great way to get people to laugh. There are plenty of words in the do-nut vocabulary to play around with and create a good deal of funny do-nut jokes.

Why You Need Do-nut Jokes In Your Life

 Variety: Every good jokester needs some variety in their repertoire. Sticking to one style or theme of jokes can be boring for both the jokester and audience. Add some do-nut jokes to the list and listen to the audience laugh away.

National Do-nut Day: Unlike most holidays, this one happens twice a year. Both November 5th and the first Friday of June are considered National Do-Nut Day and both are great days to celebrate. There’s no better way to celebrate National Do-Nut Day than with a dozen do-nut jokes or so.

Do-nuts are almost universal: Do-nuts are everywhere, and almost everyone knows about them so making jokes about them means cutting straight to the point without having to explain things.

Do-Nuts Puns

In the do-nut world, there are lots of words to play with for the sake of humor. Here are a few to work with.

Donut: Replace ‘do not’ with ‘do-nut’  to create hundreds of funny moments waiting to happen.

 Dough: This is a pretty fun one to work with and can work with a bunch of words that have the ‘dough’ sound in them. Here are a few examples

  • Adorable ? adoughrable
  • Avocado ? avocadough
  • Orlando  ? Orlandough
  • Taekwondo ? Taekwondough

3. Batter: Use batter instead of better in a couple of statements or use it to make a few hybrid do-nut/ baseball jokes like “How does a do-nut baseball player prep for a game? It batters up.”

4. Flour: Interchange it with floor to make a few do-nut dance floor jokes

5. Filling: This is a favorite to use in a variety of jokes. For one, it can reference dental fillings. It can also reference filling-in as in gaining weight and filling-in as in substituting one thing or person for another.

Do-Nut Jokes

Here a few examples of how to work with do-nut puns and make a few people laugh.

  •  What kind of evidence can a donut not take to trial? Anecdoughtal evidence
  • Where do Austin do-nuts go shopping? The Doughmain
  • What do do-nuts wear to weddings? Tuxedoughs
  • What is the only thing that can cure a sick do-nut? An antidought
  • What do you call a Boston crème do-nut that’s a straight A student? The cream of the crop
  • How did the strawberry do-nut feel after eating dinner? Jam-packed
  • What’s a do-nuts favorite place to explore? The Sahara dessert.

Need more inspiration for new do-nut jokes or just need a place where they will be appreciated? Visit your local Shipley Do-Nuts location, with all kinds of do-nuts and do-nut lovers; there’s no batter place for a few adoughrable jokes.

Do-nut Party Ideas for Your Next Celebration

Donut Party Ideas for Your Next Celebration

Do-nut Party Ideas for Your Next Celebration

Gone are the days when a birthday party was all about the cake. The new big thing is do-nuts! They’re everywhere, from athleisure wear to binders, and the next big stop is parties and celebrations!

There are plenty of reasons to make your next big event a donut party. For one, if you’re not a fan of cake, do-nuts are a great alternative for a birthday sweet. If you’re lactose intolerant and want something without dairy icing, icing-free do-nuts can make a party more tolerable than cake. A do-nut party is also an excellent idea for those that just want to do something different and unique.

Donut Party Ideas

Here are two instances where a do-nut party would be a great idea.

  • A morning birthday party: If you can only celebrate early in the morning, why not make it a do-nut party? Do-nuts are an excellent way to start the day and a great way to celebrate.
  • A children’s alternative at a brunch party: A brunch party isn’t the most fun experience for kids. Consider sectioning off an area for them to have a do-nut party instead.

The Food

The stars of the show are, of course, the do-nuts, but they can be paired with other great treats and drinks for an even better celebration. Consider adding other pastries like cinnamon rolls, bear claws and apple fritters, and possibly other sweets like ice cream, for more variety. To appeal to other taste buds, consider including savory treats like kolaches, pretzels or even hot dogs.

Don’t forget the drinks! Milk, fruit juices and coffee go great with do-nuts.

What You’ll Need

Do-nuts are in style, and it shows. There is no shortage of do-nut party supplies and do-nut party decorations. Visit your local party store for do-nut invitations, do-nut balloons and even do-nut piñatas and games.

There are also plenty of do-nut party favors to choose from like do-nut lollipops, stickers and rings. Don’t forget the do-nut pool floaties; they make great photo props.

What to Play

One game that is a must at all do-nut parties is a do-nut decorating contest. All that’s required is do-nuts and fun toppings. Create categories like “most colorful,” “most delicious looking” and “most likely to give me a sugar rush.” Winners, of course, can receive do-nut prizes like Shipley Do-Nuts gift cards and do-nut party favors.

There are also games like do-nut bingo where you can use mini-do-nuts, aka cheerios, as placeholders.

Do-Nut Catering

To make the party preparations easier, order your do-nuts and other pastry treats from Shipley Do-Nuts. Shipley Do-Nuts is ready to cater your next do-nut party with more than 60 varieties of do-nuts ready to be flavor tested! All you have to do is contact your local Shipley Do-Nuts shop to make an order and pick it up at the agreed upon time. It’s as simple as that!

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What Donut Would Your Favorite Denver Football Player Be?

what donut would your favorite denver player be

Ever go to a Denver do-nut shop and wonder what kind of do-nut John Elway or Terrell Davis might like? Better yet, what kind of do-nuts or pastries would they be? Shipley Do-Nuts is here not only to give you the best do-nuts in Denver but to answer tough questions like these.

Here is what kind of do-nut each of your favorite Denver football players would be.

Shannon Sharpe

Sharpe was the holistic type of football player. When it came to preparing for a game he knew it took just as much mental agility as physical, so he trained mind and body to work together to achieve greatness on the field. With him, it’s hard not to think about the classics – that’s why he would be a box of good old traditional glazed do-nuts. They’re both classics, so good they’re unforgettable. And based on his recent tweet it’s almost a sign that they’re meant to be one and the same.

John Elway

Elway deserves to be named the crown of the do-nut treat selection – he’s an oversized apple fritter. The good kind – with the flavor of fresh fruit and the soft, fluffy texture that can only be produced by the Shipley Do-Nuts recipe. The apple fritter has always been a Shipley Do-Nuts staple, just like Elway has been with the city of Denver, be it on the football field or off. Elway, like the apple fritter, is king, or rather duke. He is, after all, “The Duke of Denver.” A great man deserves to be a great treat, and there’s is no greater treat on the menu than the apple fritter.

Terrell Davis

The man is witty and smart, and no pastry says witty like a made-to-order beignet. Just saying the name itself requires intelligence. Davis’ intelligence and wit is evident. How else could he do so many great things? The 2,000-yard rushing season, the Super Bowl wins and, of course, being named the greatest Denver running back of all time, They all took intelligence and dedication, just like crafting a fresh beignet takes a level of smarts with the dough. And just like the beignet, Davis is a Hall of Famer so shine the spotlight on the beignet that is Terrell Davis.

Rod Smith

Smith is without a doubt a Big Earl Sausage & Cheese kolache. Just like this kolache is an exclusive staple at Shipley Do-Nuts, Smith remained loyal and faithful to the Denver team. Smith is also different in the same way the Big Earl is. They’re both grand. Smith has two Super Bowl wins under his belt as well as his name in the team’s Hall of Fame. He’s grand enough he doesn’t need an introduction, just like the Big Earl.

Champ Bailey

Bailey was reliable like no other football player. His first time on the field he made his first interception and kept shining, but don’t expect him to brag about it. He was a humble all-star – just like the cinnamon sugar do-nut. Not only is he a classic all-star, but he does what he sets out to do, just like the cinnamon sugar do-nut is a classic staple and can leave anyone satisfied. While it may not be the flashiest do-nut, it is a reliable one. It’s always on the menu and it’s always fresh-out-of-the-oven delicious.

Von Miller

Without a doubt Von Miller is a jelly do-nut with icing AND sprinkles. The man brings it all on the field and on the screen. Madden ’17 is proof of that – its commercial, at least. On the field, the Super Bowl 50 MVP does his job like no other and on the screen, too. He sings, dances and entertains with his colorful display of outfits. Like the jelly do-nut with icing and sprinkles, he brings a lot of good stuff to the table, all in one colorful package, but doesn’t think it’s all fun and games. Davis gets the job done just like the jelly do-nut leaves you feeling satisfied.

Jason Elam

This kicker is too good to just be a do-nut. He’d be a good ol’ bag of do-nut holes. Why? Because just like a handful of do-nut holes, Elam was small, but tasty as a player. At a mere 5-foot-11, Elam holds the title of Denver football’s leading all-time scorer with 1,786 points. If that doesn’t prove that great things do indeed come in small packages, what does? Like do-nut holes, he also has more to offer than what meets the eye. Do-nut holes are sweet but they’re also convenient, just like Elam is a football great and an author, too. It’s like Elam was meant to be a football star and do-nut star.

To celebrate football season, stop by Shipley Do-Nuts for a dozen of the newest and best do-nuts in Colorado. No matter the flavor, they’re sure to be great and make the game-day experience even better.

Shipley Do-Nuts is Coming to Colorado!

Shipley Do-Nuts expands to Colorado

Shipley Do-Nuts is spreading the sweet taste of Texas to the Centennial State, and Colorado do-nuts will never be the same.

The first store featuring Shipley’s 50 types of do-nuts and pastries is scheduled to open in Denver this year, with another 57 planned statewide in coming years. The expansion will add more than 800 jobs to the state’s economy, delighting Colorado residents, do-nut aficionado or not.

Taste the Shipley Do-Nut Difference

While there are plenty of do-nut shops in Colorado, very few, if any, offer fresh, warm, high-quality do-nuts, pastries and kolaches like Shipley Do-Nuts does. Not only has the Shipley Do-Nut recipe withstood the test of time, it has won over generations of fans and even gained admirers throughout the United States.

Originating in Houston, Texas, in 1936, Shipley Do-Nuts has now gained so much popularity it has expanded outside of Texas and has establishments throughout Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, to name a few states.

With Shipley Do-Nuts, Colorado residents also gain a new artisan experience like no other. While most bakeries and restaurants keep the food-making process behind closed doors, Shipley Do-Nuts allows its customers to see every step involved in making the sweet and artfully created treats they are about to enjoy.

Nothing is hidden from the customers because there is nothing to hide. Treats are made from the original Shipley recipes and are served fresh out of the oven. Seeing their treats being made also adds an extra sparkle to younger customer’s eyes. To children, Shipley Do-nuts isn’t just a place to enjoy sweets; it’s also a show.

A Family Tradition

Lawrence Shipley III, a third-generation member of the Shipley Do-Nut management family, currently leads Shipley Do-Nuts. Under his leadership, the company maintains the Shipley traditions that gave the brand its fame when it first opened eight decades ago. Great family recipes, warm and fresh pastries and great customer services continue as integral parts of the Shipley Do-Nuts experience.

The company intends to continue expanding across the United States with a goal of 400 stores by 2020.

For more information about Shipley Do-Nuts and its offerings in Colorado, check out the Shipley menu and store locator. You can also stay up to date on everything Shipley Do-Nuts on its Facebook and Twitter social media outlets.