Winchell's Donuts

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Founded October 18, 1948 (1948-10-18)
Founder Verne Winchell
Headquarters Industry, California
Number of locations
Products Doughnuts
Owner Yum-Yum Donuts

Winchell's Donuts is an international doughnut company founded by Verne Winchell on October 8, 1948, in Temple City, California.[1] As of 2006, 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.

Winchell's Donuts on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

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.

In 2004, Winchell's was purchased by Yum-Yum Donuts, a company which operates 70 donut shops under its own name, but continues to operate Winchell's shops under their historic name.[2]

In 2005, it withdrew from the Kansas City area, and most locations became Krispy Kreme.

Winchell's in popular culture[edit]

  • 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.
  • Rapper Ice Cube mentions Winchell's Donuts in his song "Down for Whatever."
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hernandez, Greg (September 30, 1999). "Winchell's Gears Up for Doughnut War". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Wotapka, Dawn (August 13, 2004). "Yum Yum to Devour Winchell's Doughnuts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Yancey, Philip (2000). Reaching for the Invisible God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. p. 223. ISBN 0-310-23531-6. 

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