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|Founded||October 18, 1948|
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Winchell's Donuts is an international doughnut company founded by Verne Winchell on October 8, 1948, in Temple City, California. As of 2006[update], there are over 170 stores in 12 western states, as well as Guam, Saipan, and Saudi Arabia. Several stores also operated in Nagoya, Japan in the past, with most stores located inside the Uny supermarkets, as Uny Co., Ltd. was the master franchise holder in Japan. It is headquartered in City of Industry, California.
The chain's slogan is "Home of the Warm 'n Fresh Donut," and it claims to be the West Coast's largest doughnut chain. It also offers its customers a 14-doughnut dozen, as opposed to the standard baker's dozen of 13.
Winchell's makes over 70 varieties of doughnuts, including raised doughnuts, cake doughnuts, buttermilk doughnuts, twists, and jelly doughnuts. Other baked products include croissants, cinnamon rolls, bagels, muffins, and scones. No animal fat is used either as an ingredient or for cooking their fried dough products. A large beverage selection is also available at each location, which includes a house blend of coffee made from dark roasted Arabica beans. Hot and frozen cappuccinos, orange and apple juice, milk, tea, and soda are also available.
Winchells was previously owned by Denny's, the large restaurant chain.
Winchell's in popular culture
- The 1995 film Top Dog, opens with a sequence of Winchell's donuts, over which the starring dog ("Reno") obsesses. Reno gets a donut and saves a baby from a burning building in the very next scene.
- Frank Zappa mentions Winchell's Donuts in "Pygmy Twylyte" on Roxy & Elsewhere and in "The Blue Light" on his album Tinseltown Rebellion.
- In the music video for "Rock the Casbah" by The Clash, an armadillo is seen passing a Winchell's Donuts in Austin, Texas.
- Rapper Ice Cube mentions Winchell's Donuts in his song "Down for Whatever."
- Child actress Anissa Jones, who played "Buffy" on Family Affair, briefly worked at the Winchell's in Playa del Rey, California in the summer of 1975, one year before her overdose death at age 18.
- On Will & Grace, Will Truman mentions that Grace Adler missed her SATs because she was waiting for the hot donuts at Winchell's. This is peculiar because Grace grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York, where Winchell's does not operate.
- A Winchell's Donuts shop is seen in the background of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home shortly after the crew of the late Starship Enterprise arrived in 20th century San Francisco.
- Winchell's is one of the businesses that is shown during the montage of Randy and Julie's dates in the film Valley Girl.
- A Winchell's Donuts shop is repeatedly shown in the background of Cobra during the gun fight in the first scene.
- The gravel roof of Winchell's Donuts was author Philip Yancey's home office view in his former Chicago home, as mentioned in "Reaching for the Invisible God."
- In the HBO series John from Cincinnati, Ed O'Neill's character, Bill, gives Freddie a box of Winchell's Variety Dozen as a form of peace.
- In the film Summer School, the kids ditch Mr. Shoop's class and go to Winchell's. When they are returned by the security guard, they offer Shoop a donut.
- In the HBO series Six Feet Under, there is a scene where Brenda Chenowith is sitting in a Winchell's drinking coffee by herself.
- In the movie Wreck-It Ralph, the two policemen in the game Sugar Rush are an éclair and a doughnut named Wynnchel (Winchell) and Duncan (Dunkin').
- In the show "The Nanny", Fran accuses her mother of losing her figure because of Winchell's.
- Hernandez, Greg (September 30, 1999). "Winchell's Gears Up for Doughnut War". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
- Wotapka, Dawn (August 13, 2004). "Yum Yum to Devour Winchell's Doughnuts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
- Yancey, Philip (2000). Reaching for the Invisible God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. p. 223. ISBN 0-310-23531-6.