Doughnut Wars

Back in 2006 Krispy Kreme left Houston due to a legal settlement with Lone Star Doughnuts. The sadness. I was first introduced to the coma inducing, sugar cased goodness back in 2003 in El Paso, TX. From what I remembered, it was awesome.

Seconds after biting into one of their doughnuts a surge of energy penetrated my body. The world grew quiet as all colors were replaced with shades of grey. It was like everything was frozen in time. The attendant behind the counter was stuck in a pose as she was grabbing another donut off the shelf. Flakes of glaze glistened as they began a long decent towards the floor. It was overwhelming. Coming out of the sugar rush from a bite of a Krispy Kreme doughnut is like slamming into a brick wall going 300 mph. I was literally knocked through the glass wall of the bakery by the impact of my body reentering the normal space time continuum.

After learning that Houston lacked a Krispy Kreme I went to Shipley Do-Nuts.

"Shipley Do-Nuts, a family-owned business, has been a part of the Houston community for over 72 years." -

Being a native of Houston, I’m all too familiar with the awesome nostalgic feeling that Shipley delivers. The smell of their doughnuts alone sweeps me back to a time of innocence and bewilderment.

Heading to Shipley’s at 10 am on Saturday, the family car was filled with sounds of encouragement and uplifting chatter.

  • "Shut up or I’m going to punch you in the mouth with the steering column."
  • "If you don’t stop fighting back there I’m going to turn around and we are going back home!"
  • "That’s it. I’m punching a doughnut hole in your chest."

Ah, the good ol’ days.

Jairo Pineda