Monday, July 11, 2016

The Mystery of Dixie Cream Donuts

Donuts may be my favorite food group.  They have their own food group, right?  Anyway, I found this plastic tray for Dixie Cream donuts a while back.  

I'd never heard of Dixie Cream Donuts, so I turned to the internet.  I found this photo on Flickr of a building here in St. Louis that added a little information to the mystery.



Apparently, the donut flour was made here and shipped to franchise owners throughout the country. Some more Googling revealed some vintage advertisements enticing you to become a Dixie Cream franchisee.

Image courtesy Pinterest



Their own site claims they have been in business since 1929.  Oddly, they only show locations in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  However, it appears there are some surviving standalone Dixie Cream Donut shops still around here in the U.S. like this one in San Marcos, Texas, another in West Frankfurt, Illinois and others in Valdosta, Georgia and several locations in Florida.  In fact, this picture from the West Frankfurt location may reveal how my tray was used.


Anyone out there have a Dixie Cream Donut near by?

20 comments:

  1. Not sure if I have ever seen a Dixie Cream but they sure look good.

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  2. The box and logo almost look like Krispy Kreme!

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    1. That was my first thought. I thought they might be related, but appear to be different companies. Based on the founding dates, Krispy Kreme was a full 8 years behind them.

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  3. I have never even heard of them. But I like donuts. mmm So glad I found this blog!

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    1. >So glad I found this blog!
      I'm glad you did too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. They were all over Texas at one time, along with the Shipley chain. They are not at all similar to Krispy Kreme. These were more like any good mom and pop donut shops still popular around the country. ~jeff.

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    1. Thanks for the info, Jeff, and thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Good sleuthing so far. Hope additional information on the mystery rolls in. I'm not sure about their Planet Earth logo, though.

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  6. Good sleuthing so far. Hope additional information on the mystery rolls in. I'm not sure about their Planet Earth logo, though.

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  7. I know this post is old, but I grew eating Dixie Cream donuts in Valdosta, GA. When fresh they have the best glazed donut I have ever eaten. I still pick up a dozen when I get back down there for a visit. The problem is that they lose that freshness and dry out after 4 or 5 hours. You have to eat them fresh.

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    1. Good to hear there are still some around. My family and I pass through Valdosta every couple years on our way to Disneyworld. We'll have to seek one out. Your description of the donuts sounds a lot like Krispy Kreme donuts.

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  8. I live by the West Frankfort, Il location and it is actually very much still thriving here. They supply pretty much all of the donuts to gas stations and small grocery stores within a solid 45 minute radius. They are a thousand times better than Krispy Kream and my personal favorite is the angel cream filled chocolate long john. I will be sad the day I move away and won't be able to eat it until I visit my family

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Unknown. Glad to hear they're still thriving. West Frankfort is about a 2-hour drive for me, so sadly, just a little out of range, even for a great donut!

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  9. Just googled Dixie Cream angel filling recipe & your post popped up. There was a Dixie Cream Donuts in Downtown Tuscola Illinois. Very low prices and I'll never forget the sweet lady at the counter, She always asked, "What's your Pleasure?" as opposed to can I take your order. Sold & changed name to Daylight Donuts, relocated closer to I-57. I heard the employees were stealing product to re-sell and the owner fired everyone. Not sure if he's re-opened yet, I think he took it pretty hard. Also had a Dixie Cream shop in Effingham Illinois. I drove past a couple weekends ago & it looks as if it's closed down. Thinking about making a trip to West Frankfort for these Amazing Dixie Cream's

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. If you make the trip, I'd love to hear about it.

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    2. I am from and currently live in West Frankfort. I'm very fortunate to have Dixie Cream Donuts. They are the best. have had Duncan and krispy, not even close. About 20 years ago there was one about 100 miles north west in town famous for the white squirrels that live there...Onley IL. There is a new one opening soon in Herrin IL.

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  10. There is a Dixie Cream about 15 miles south of me in Ft. Pierce, Florida in Orange Ave. They're the best donuts I've ever tried. There used to be a shop here in Vero Beach, but I think it's been closed for at least a year. A real shame because not only were the donuts great, but they served up a selection of fantastic empanadas as well. Pretty unique little combination. Lots of Cuban cafes in south Florida. I hit as many as possible when driving through Palm Beach, Broward, Dade and Monroe counties. A donut shop in Vero Beach used to serve up the 3rd or 4th best I've ever tried. Pretty cool.

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  11. Cool Burger Chef logo, btw. Haven't seen a Burger Chef since I was a kid. Can't remember if it was in St. Louis or Kansas City. It was a good 40 years ago. Remember hitting it on occasion. It was certainly better than McDonald's. Even as a kid, I pulled for the little guy. I credit my parents for my (not-quite) disdain for large franchises.

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    1. Thanks, Eric. Burger Chef played a big part of my childhood. I always preferred it to McDonald's as well. I have several memories of Burger Chef I've written about. https://garagesalin.blogspot.com/2010/08/incrediburgible.html
      https://garagesalin.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-monster-fun-find.html
      https://garagesalin.blogspot.com/2011/09/would-you-like-frisbee-with-that.html

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