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Spudnut Shop

My dad owned a Spudnut Shop in the early 1960s. For the uninitiated, a Spudnut is a doughnut made with potato flour. They were apparently very popular, and many people STILL tell me they were their favorite doughnut.

Anyway, the "time to make the doughnuts" schedule got to him, and he closed down. I was about 2 or 3, so never got to try one. I know there are still a few left around the country. I have no idea whether or not they're affiliated with the franchise my dad was a part of (I assume they are), or if they're any good. But, if anyone out there has ever tried one, I'd love to hear about it.

I heard of someone actually opening a Spudnut Museum a few years ago. I sent her copies of a few items I had. I can no longer find her, or any reference to the museum.
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/07/15 18:51:37 (permalink)
    As I recall, there was a Spudnut in Knoxville in the 50's. I have a very vague memory of them, but I seem to recall they were very good.

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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/07/15 19:52:17 (permalink)
    A few years ago there was still a Spudnut Shop in Magnolia, AR, which had been there for years and years. Not sure if its still there or not. Could not find any phone number for it in a website yellow & white pages search. However, a Google search for the word "Spudnut" produces page after page of entries, some of which are recipes for spudnuts, some of which are ads for various current wholesale & retail Spudnut shops (think there were a number in California and Ohio), some of which are recollections of old Spudnut Shops, AND BE FOREWARNED - some of which are porno or bordering on porno websites. Until recently I had relatives in the Magnolia area who always loved the Spudnuts, thought they were the absolute best of all doughnuts, but, to be honest, I never really cared that much for them.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/07/15 20:54:20 (permalink)
    Ohmigod!! Spudnuts are for real?!?!?!?!

    I say this because when I was in this funky store in North Beach, SF, CA, called Quantity Postcards, and I came across a beautiful postcard of a glazed donut, pure perfection in its simplicity, just one lone one sitting on a table. It said Spudnuts on the front, and the back said the card could be used for a discount. Of course I bought it, thinking that it was some joke, or fluke. I really just loved the picture, and I still have it hanging in my cube (to remind me of the important things in life! )

    For a while I had it hanging outside my cube, just below my name. Apropos, no? Anyway, you would not believe the "complaints" I got about it. How it made people hungry, it made them want to go off their diets, blah blah blah. I got so tired of the whining I moved it inside. Now people ask me where my donut went. Go figure.

    Glad to know I must have a little bit of memorabilia! Maybe I will try to scan it and post it for all to enjoy!

    Meowzart
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/07/16 03:06:37 (permalink)
    Spudnuts are hilarious until you eat one, and it shuts you up real quick. There are a few around Los Angeles. There is one in Northridge on Reseda Blvd. There is one on Venice Blvd (and I think Sawtelle) right near Tito's Tacos, Howard's Bacon and Avocado, Johnny's French Dip Pastrami and Versailles. What a great neighborhood.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/07/28 12:15:32 (permalink)
    Thanks for your input. I'll definitely keep it in mind should I find myself in LA or SF, which is always possible. It's probably less likely that I'll be in Magnolia, AR.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/08/27 13:12:28 (permalink)
    SPUDNUT DONUTS ARE THE BEST

    I OWN A SPUDNUT SHOP IN BEREA, OHIO AND WE STILL MAKE THEM THE ORIGINAL WAY. I HAVE INFO ON THE SPUDNUT MUSEUM. IT IS IN LAFFEYTE,IND.,IF YOU WANT EMAIL ME AND I CAN GIVE YOU MORE INFO. WE SUPPLIED 10 DOZEN OF OUR SPUDNUT DONUTS FOR THE MUSEUM GRAND OPENING 2 YEARS AGO,EVERYBODY REALLY LOVED THEM. WELL GOT TO GO MAKE THE DOUGHNUTS.

    RICK
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/08/28 03:02:16 (permalink)
    Man, spudnuts and any coffee from central coffee roasters is killer! ask any of my friends. Somehow. We've got a Spudnuts in Charlottesville Va and it's near to impossible to get those things after 11:00 am. It's like breakfast at a fast food joint, it's over. they're closed.
    I'm telling anyone, even if it's an hours drive, do yourself right and go find some spudnuts!
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/09/14 17:35:47 (permalink)
    Spudnuts had a store in Carbondale, Illinois (the home of Southern Illinois University) in the mid 60's. We used to go there after the bars closed down and scarf down entire trays of donuts as they came out of the ovens. In our condition, anything after 1:00am tasted great.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/09/21 10:45:43 (permalink)
    Oh my God! I had no idea Spudnuts was still around, or even that it was a franchise operation. We used to have one in Johnstown, PA, but it has been closed at least 40 years. I will have to stop in Charlottesville on our next trip South.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/09/23 08:01:27 (permalink)
    Wish we had a Spudnuts, (or any other "real" donut) shop here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Krispy kreme has moved in and I think they're terrible. Ok, they're good if they're hot out of the oil, but thats it! One DD left that I know of. A new High End donut and espresso in the burbs. Where are they? Why no Winchells, Dunkin, Spudnuts, Bosa or any other donut n' coffee places? Is the only thing you can get a scone? (what is a scone anyway? I never had one that wasn't dry!)
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/09/23 09:24:05 (permalink)
    In Salt Lake City spudnuts were an institution when I was growing up in the 50's, 60's. There would be boys that would go door to door each week selling a dozen spudnuts in a waxy bag with the Spudnut King on the front. We would always plead and beg until mom would buy some. Spudnuts had all but up and disappeared from the scene for the last 30 years. With the recent influx and popularity of Krispy Kremes, there are now two new donut frachises in the area selling spudnuts, Tommie's and Tasty's. They are a nice change, light and airy.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/09/23 10:17:33 (permalink)
    There was one in Albuquerque in the 1950s.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/10/07 04:36:44 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Phil J.

    My dad owned a Spudnut Shop in the early 1960s. For the uninitiated, a Spudnut is a doughnut made with potato flour. They were apparently very popular, and many people STILL tell me they were their favorite doughnut.

    Anyway, the "time to make the doughnuts" schedule got to him, and he closed down. I was about 2 or 3, so never got to try one. I know there are still a few left around the country. I have no idea whether or not they're affiliated with the franchise my dad was a part of (I assume they are), or if they're any good. But, if anyone out there has ever tried one, I'd love to hear about it.

    I heard of someone actually opening a Spudnut Museum a few years ago. I sent her copies of a few items I had. I can no longer find her, or any reference to the museum. Too bad -- I was sure she'd make millions.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/10/12 09:53:27 (permalink)
    What fun to see the information about Spudnuts. Our favorite time to visit the Spudnut Shop in Dodge City, KS, in the early 1960's was between morning classes -- it was located across the street a block from the high school. Want to find out more about the museum in Indiana. Did find a site that indicates they began in Washington? Does anyone know if that claim is correct?
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/12/06 15:39:10 (permalink)
    Because some yahoo engineers from Texas challenged the assertion that ours was one of two Spudnut Shops in the country, and that the crystal meth of carb fixes had originated here, I conducted a Google search and like another messenger on this board, discovered reams and volumes about our beloved Spudnut. I hate to own up to engineers being right in the first place, but they were.

    True that the recipe originated in Richfield, Washington?

    True that the first "Spudnut Shop" was opened by a vacuum cleaner salesman in Salt Lake City?

    I think the Spudnut Shop in Magnolia is still open; we're 35 miles away in El Dorado, Arkansas.

    Is there really a museum somewhere in Indiana?
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/12/06 17:03:08 (permalink)
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/12/06 17:08:38 (permalink)
    SORRY ABOUT JUST SENDING A BUT THIS SUBJECT DOES BRING A SMILE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS . CHICAGO IN THE LATE 50S - 60S. SO IS THERE OR ARE THERE SPUDNUT SHOPS AND WERE ARE THEY BECAUSE AS FAR AS I CAN DETERMINE THEY`RE NOT A FRANCHISE ...... ???????
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/12/13 22:00:27 (permalink)
    Where exactly is the Spudnut Shop in Berea,Ohio? Just saw this thread and hope I can get this info. I'm in Indiana in the summers and I intend to visit the museum next chance. I grew up a bicycle ride away from a Spudnut shop and would love to sink my teeth into one of those wonderful donuts again.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/12/14 11:33:18 (permalink)
    I think SFJ meant Richland, Washington. The Spudnut shop here is still going strong. On their web page though it says it was established in 1948 as a franchise, which would argue that the recipe was not originated here. Anyway, the web page is at http://www.richland.tri-cityshopping.com/spudnuts/ . The link for this discussion appeared an the "Alumni Sandstorm" - a mailing list for Richland High alums, so I'm sure someone with 1000% more knowledge about the history of the Spudnut than I will reply.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/12/14 14:59:54 (permalink)
    I was raised as a "Spudnut Junkie" because it was my fathers favorite sweet!! Even after he Retired, he would go to the Spudnut Shop for Coffee and a Spudnut amost every morning they were open.When I visited my parents, it was a Known that he and I would to the Spudnut Shop. It is still operating in the same spot in Uptown Richland that it has been since I can remember. (Well, since the Uptown Shopping Center was created in the 50s) Anyway, every time I visit Richland after my parents both passed away I still go to the Spudnut Shop to keep up the "Tradition". Most times I am there I meet other Classmates (Richland Bombers)from Richland (Columbia) High School keeping up their Traditions!!
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2003/12/14 20:03:32 (permalink)
    I saw a Spudnut store in Grand Junction, Colorado in the late 1980s. I couldn't believe it! Wow and what a great sign. I took an unreal photo of it and have had it framed and in my kitchen ever since. I don't think the place is still there, but I get a lot of comments on my art on the wall.

    - Prairie Mary, Ft. Collins, CO
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/12 13:35:38 (permalink)
    I just had 2 cinnimon spudnuts this morning at the Spudnut Shop in Richland WA (Uptown Shopping Center). I don't think the are/were a franchise. I lived in Auburn WA in the 50's and the Spudnut Man in a truck came right after the milk man delivered milk. Spudnuts beat out donuts (BARF) any day.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/12 14:07:56 (permalink)
    Never having had the pleasure, what is different (taste/texture) about a spudnut from a regular donut?
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/12 16:45:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by berndog

    Never having had the pleasure, what is different (taste/texture) about a spudnut from a regular donut?



    Unfortunately, as I've lamented elsewhere on this site, I've never tasted one. So, I'll defer to somebody else for the particulars. I will mention, though, that they're made with potato flour (hence, SPUDnuts). I'm told that, if prepared properly, the potato flour results in a lighter doughnut.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/21 16:43:26 (permalink)
    You are all in luck! The e-mail for the Spudnuts Museum is SpudnutsMuseum@aol.com. Yes, the museum is still in "operation" and the exhibits are growing daily....be assured that the story of Spudnuts and the Pelton brothers will never die.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/22 01:58:41 (permalink)
    This message is coming to you from the Spudnuts Museum - America's Finest Food Confection Collection! Part of the mission of the Museum is to provide educational programs regarding this historically significant and delectable confection - an American original, loved by many but understood by few!

    In that regard, the Spudnuts chain was started by Al and Bob Pelton of Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1940, they began experimenting to find a recipe for a doughnut that was not heavy or greasy and was easy to digest. After throwing away many batches of less-than-thrilling products, they struck on winning formula that used mashed potatoes. When they later invented a dry Spudnut mix, the sky was the limit! By mid-1948, there were more than 200 stores in more than 30 states. A franchise, which included equipment and floor plans, cost $1,750 (in cities with a population under 10,000, a bit more for those in larger cities).

    While (to the best of our knowledge) the Pelton Spudnut Corporation no longer exists, 37 Spudnut stores continue to operate across the U.S. These operations have had to tweak the original recipe a bit because the Pelton's dry Spudnut mix is no longer available. And, many of the remaining, dedicated Spudnut gastronomes have done a fine job! So, include a Spudnut shop stop in your vacation travel plans.

    More Spudnuts information soon!
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/22 03:15:16 (permalink)
    I am also from Richland Gus. Class of 63. Those Spunuts are the best. They make raised and cake called spuddies. Used to stop for two warm spuddies and a coke in the mornings when delivering papers. Still go there when I'm in town. Is that Gus OR George?
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/22 10:21:39 (permalink)
    There was a Spudnut Donut shop just off the circle in Shelbyville IN when I was growing up back in the 60s and 70s. My dad owned a business down the block from it and had coffee and donuts there every morning with his friends and other business owners. I remember going downtown and having lunch with him there on Saturdays (they made soups and sandwiches also). I didn't know there was more than one of these places until today. I also didn't realize that potato flour was used; I should have, considering the name. Believe it or not, I thought the name was a reference to their shape maybe resembling a sputnik satellite. Anyway, the shop finaly closed in the late 70s or early 80s. They were one of my favorite memories growing up.
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    RE: Spudnut Shop 2004/02/22 12:25:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by musicwife

    You are all in luck! The e-mail for the Spudnuts Museum is SpudnutsMuseum@aol.com. Yes, the museum is still in "operation" and the exhibits are growing daily....be assured that the story of Spudnuts and the Pelton brothers will never die.



    Great. So, is the museum on line, or an in-person museum? You're probably the person to whom I sent a photocopied Spudnut newsletter a couple of years ago. It was from the early 1960s, and had a photo of my dad.

    One of these days, I'll taste one!
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