Winchell’s Donuts was founded in Temple City, California in 1948 by Verne Winchell. Previously purchased by Denny’s restaurant chain, it was sold again in 2004 to Yum Yum! brands.
Today, Winchell’s Donuts has more than 170 locations and has franchises in several other countries, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Guam. The company offers more than 70 types of donuts, including raised, cake, crullers, buttermilk, and jelly donuts. Winchell’s donuts is also known for giving 14 donuts in a “dozen”, rather than the typical 13 baker’s dozen. In addition, the company also offers muffins, scones, and bagels. The company also has a wide variety of beverages, many more so than the usual donut shop.
Winchell’s Donuts is one of the few donut companies that does not use lard or any other type of animal fat either in the dough itself nor in its frying methods.
Company headquarters are currently located in City of Industry, California.