Spudnut Information

Updated 7/5/2014

Information about Spudnuts, the legendary franchised potato-based doughnut from another lifetime, including current Spudnut shops (with maps and reviews)


"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."
(See the Spudnut Shop in Berea, Ohio, in the list below.)

"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."
SpudnutsMuseum@aol.com

From the Spudnuts Museum:

"Recently, someone wrote to ask whether writer and chemist Edward Elmer Smith (1890-1965), aka Doc Smith, had developed the potato-based recipe used in making Spudnuts. No way! That history-altering invention was the brainchild of the Pelton brothers, founders of the Spudnuts chain.

The Pelton boys were working in San Francisco; Bob for a drugstore, Al selling electrical appliances. They wanted to open their own business and thought there was a market opportunity in doughnut making, if they could come up with a good recipe. Potato flour was newly invented and it became the centerpiece of the Peltons' quest to develop the perfect doughnut.

The brothers moved to Salt Lake City, opened a little shop and struck out repeatedly with potato flour based doughnut recipes. Then, Al came up with the crazy, (but clearly inspired), notion to use a mashed potato mix and...waalah!....the result: a large, fluffy, tasty, golden brown delicacy.

As was true of Doc Smith, Bob went into the Navy to assist in the war effort. Al kept the Spudnut flame alive. And, when Bob returned from the war, the brothers developed a dry Spudnut mix that allowed them to ship the product without spoilage and the franchise was born.

So, while Doc Smith may have developed a potato-based doughnut batter, it was not the one that propelled the Pelton brothers into Spudnuts fame!"
The prorietor of the Spudnuts Museum, Dr. Kate Sherony, died Thursday, August 29, 2013. Presumably, that is the end of the Spudnuts Museum.
A very good article about the rise and fall of the Spudnuts chain.
Another good article about the history of the Spudnuts franchise.
"Except for physical appearance, Spudnuts have no relation whatever to other similar shaped products. Spudnuts are large, fluffy, and airy, and are never soggy or greasy. They are made of a special blend of finest wheat flour, dehydrated potatoes ... milk solids, powdered whole eggs, and other vital ingredients -- all mixed and blended perfectly to the secret Pelton formula." Click here to read the rest of this very good article from the Bastrop Daily Enterprise in Bastop, La.

Blog article with photos, about a Spudnut shop in Ft. Collins, Colorado, from the early 1950's to the 1970's.

A long forum thread about Spudnuts on RoadFood.com.

"I have the original mix sold to the franchises. I bought the whole recipe book from Will Bellar who was the Executive V.P. and General Manager of Spudnut International in Salt Lake City from 1971 to 1974. There were 6 Spudnut recipes in the book. Only 1 was used with the retail stores. I have got that recipe now, and it tastes exactly the same. There are no trans fats in our version, and if you fry the product in vegetable oil, there are no transfats anywhere. We are selling the mix in 6 lb. bags if you want to taste the product, or 50 lb. bags if you want to sell them in a store. We ship out of St. Louis, MO and Salt Lake City. Hey, someone had to bring the product back, and I did. We currently have the name Spudnut under a trademark. We’ll let you use the name if you buy the product. I’d rather not have franchise fees, as this donut belongs to America ... email me at douglas_bagley@yahoo.com (801-328-4796). We have a trainer, can sell you equipment for any size operation, and the original mix with all the great flavor that people will come back for. Thanks for reading this." spudnut.com

Who owns the right to the name "Spudnuts"? Douglas Bagley (see paragraph above) says he does. Someone else, MP-OTHA Corporation, operating Spudo's Donuts and More in Galesburg, Illinois, (see listing below) says it does. On March 3, 2011, MP-OTHA sued Douglas Bagley in the United States District Court in Utah for trademark infringement and other associated items. It will be up to the court to decide the ownership of the name unless the parties to the lawsuit settle it themselves. If you'd care to read the complaint filed by MP-OTHA, here it is. Be aware that a complaint is only one side of a dispute.

On November 22, 2011, the court denied a preliminary injunction by MP-OTHA against Douglas Bagley which would have prevented his use of the name SPUDNUTS and similar names. The court said that the facts in the case "at this stage of the litigation, do not clearly favor one side or the other". Is there more to come?. At least for now, both parties have the right to use the Spudnuts name. If you want to read the one-page court decision, here it is. See the next paragraph.

August 16, 2012 - Received a notice from Douglas Bagley saying: "As of Aug. 15, 2012, both parties in litigation struck an accord to drop all lawsuits. Mike Patton and Douglas Bagley are both focused on promoting the name, the characters, and the mixes. Trademarks have been obtained worldwide, and we are both focusing our energies into bringing back the Spudnut® name into it's former prominence."

Comment: That lawsuit (with the settlement) was between the two parties named above. It has no necessary effect on other people or organizations that might claim rights to the name "Spudnuts".

Current Spudnut Shops
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Please read the Notes at the bottom of this page.

Brookshire Food Stores says they have Spunduts in all their stores (in states AR, LA, MS, TX) in dozen-count boxes from "one of their suppliers". Please try them and report back here.
6/28/2011 report: "They may be made out of potato flour but they're not Spud Nuts. They were as heavy as hockey pucks and just as tasty."

Arkansas
Spudnut Shoppe, 810 West Faulkner Street, El Dorado, AR 71730 870-863-9914 (map) (facebook) (blog post) (urbanspoon reviews)
    (Great article! Click here then FIND on - For more than half a century )
Spudnut Shop, 612 East Main Street, Magnolia, AR 71753 870-234-2005 (map) (facebook) (blog post, photos) Currently closed. Expected to reopen in September in a new location.
Very good article with photos about Spudnuts history and the above two places.

California - Northern
Spudnuts Donuts, 2445 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 916-927-8088 (map) (photos) (yelp reviews)
   8/18/2009 report: Excellent Spudnuts, reminding me of the original ones.
Spudnut & Deli, 500 Tres Pinos Road, Hollister, CA 95023 831-637-0555 (map) (these may not be Spudnuts - click here)

California - Southern
Spudnuts, 1884 East Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93535 661-942-3367 (map)
Spudnuts Donuts, 2038 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536 661-723-9299 (map)
Spudnut Donuts, 1977 West Avenue L, Lancaster, CA 93534 661-723-9432 (map)
Spudnuts Donuts, 2311 East Avenue South, Palmdale, CA 93550 661-274-0013 (map)
McCoy's Spudnuts, 3053 Rancho Vista Blvd # F, Palmdale, CA 93551 661-266-0724 (map)
Spudnuts Donuts, 5718 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117 805-845-1888 (map) (website) (facebook) (blog post)
Spudnuts Donuts, 6530 Seville Rd #101, Isla Vista, CA 93117 805-845-1888 (map) (website) (facebook)
Spudnuts & Bagels, 3629 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 805-569-3719 (map) (reviews)
Spudnuts & Donuts, 220 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 805-899-2779 (map) (photo) (yelp reviews)
Spudnut Doughnuts, 600 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93035 805-382-2979 (map) (yelp reviews)
Spudnuts, 1710 East Channel Islands Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93033 805-385-2999 (map) (yelp reviews)
Spudnuts Donuts, 3810 West Channel Islands Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035 805-984-7664 (map) (photo) (review)) (yelp reviews)
Spudnuts Donuts, 430 West Wooley Rd, Oxnard, CA 93030 805-385-3260 (map)
Spud Nuts Donuts, 3303 Kimber Drive #G, Newbury Park, CA 91320 805-498-4318 (map) (yelp reviews) [Same owners as Spudnuts in Canoga Park below]
Spudnuts Donuts, 8225 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 818-348-5054 (map) (photos) (website) (yelp reviews) (facebook)
   12/9/2012 report: Wonderful Spudnuts, definitely worthy of the name. Sure seemed like the long-ago original.
Spudnuts Warehouse, 8533 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91304 818-998-5678 (map)
Spudnut, 4317 Glencoe Avenue, Marina Del Rey, CA 310-821-6755 (map)
Spudnuts, 26859 Bouquet Canyon Rd (at Seco Canyon Rd), NW corner, Santa Clarita, CA 661-296-4014 (map) (photos) (yelp reviews)
Spudnuts Donuts, 10244 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 818-832-1176 (map) (yelp reviews)
Spudnuts Donuts, 3001 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 213-749-0678 (map) (comment & pics) (yelp reviews)
Spudnuts Donuts, 12775 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91331 818-896-4678
(map)
Spudnuts Donuts, 4949 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 323-292-8770 (map) (yelp reviews)

Colorado
Red's Dogs and Donuts, 2608 11th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631 970-353-2400 (map) (website) (article) (article)

Florida
Turner's Donuts, 902 9th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-7909 (map) (article) (urbanspoon reviews)
Bradenton Donut Shop, 4616 14th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34207 941-758-9808 ("Potato Raised Donuts") (map) (google reviews)

Spudnuts Donuts, 21301 Panama City Beach Pky, Panama City, FL 32413 850-258-8210 (map) (reviews)
Spudnuts Donuts, 2808 West 23rd Street, Panama City, FL 32405 850-784-0278 (reported open 11/08) (map) (photo) (reviews)
Spudnuts Donuts, 7510 Thomas Drive, Panama City, FL 32408 850-233-0877 (reported closed 11/08) (map)
Spudnuts Donuts, 428 Thomas Drive, Panama City, FL 32408 850-233-0282 (reported closed 11/08) (map)
Spudnuts Donuts, 328 South Tyndall Parkway, Panama City, FL 32404 850-913-0031 (reported closed 11/08) (map)

Idaho
SugarDoodles Sweetshoppe, 461 E Shafer View, Meridian, ID 83642 208-884-8171 (map) (website)
The Donut, 215 E Cedar St., Pocatello, ID 83201 208-242-3781 (map) (facebook) (blog post, photo) (photos)

Illinois
Spudo's Donuts and More, 1922 N Henderson St., Galesburg, IL 61401 309-341-0077 (map) (website) (facebook)
    ("derived from the old spudnut recipe ... although it is not the same recipe" - article)
Pekin Spudnut Shop, 1308 Derby Street, Pekin, IL 61554 309-346-5381 (map) (reviews)
The Confectionery, 226 W. Adams St., Morton, IL 61550 309-263-8702 (Spudnuts from Pekin Spudnut Shop) (map) (website)
Nature's Pantry, 1572 State Route 23 North, Streator, IL 61364 815-331-9118 (map) NOTE: Said to make Spudnuts only on special order.

Iowa
Wyman's Spudnuts, 1104 Highway 71 South, Okoboji, IA 51355 712-332-6293 (map - may not be accurate) (photo) (facebook) (yelp reviews)

North Carolina
Sprinkles Bakery & Cafe, Jetton Village, 19826 North Cove Road, Cornelius, NC 28031 704-896-8835 (map) (website) (article)

Ohio
Spudnut Shop, 650 Prospect Street, Berea, OH 44017 440-234-4249 (map) (website) (yelp reviews) (video)
Spudnut Shop, 6930 Center Street, Mentor, OH 44060 440-255-7257 (map) (website) (tripadvisor reviews)

Oklahoma
Spudnuts, 517 Perkins Road (at 6th Ave), Stillwater, OK
405-533-7783 (map) NOTE: Will stop operating as a Spudnut shop on December 5, 2013.

Oregon
Depoe Baykery, 3830 N. Hwy. 101, Depoe Bay / Lincoln Beach, OR 97341 541-961-6405 (map) (website)

Texas
Spudnut Shop, 312 South McMasters Street, Amarillo, TX 79106 806-376-9201 (map) (photo) (reviews)
Spudnut Shop Of Amarillo, 11901 Ls Trail, Amarillo, TX 79118 806-622-1906 (map)
Kountry Donuts, 217 N Dumas Ave., Dumas, TX 79029 (map)
Sisters Spudnut, 800 West Foster Avenue, Pampa, TX 806-665-2209 (map)
Spudnut Shop, 1806 West 5th Street, Plainview, TX 79072 806-296-9198 (map) (facebook)

Utah
Johnny O's Spudnuts, 630 South Main St - Suite 110, Logan, UT 84321 (map) (facebook) (tripadvisor reviews)
Kiwi Bakery, 8963 West 2700 South, Magna, UT 84044 (map)
Tasty's, 612 N Main St, Kaysville, UT 84037 801-544-2342 (map)
Tasty's, 4250 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84403 801-621-3167 (map)
Tasty's, 2056 North Hillfield Road, Layton, Utah 84041 801-774-5333 (map)
Tommies Donuts, 382 N Frontage Rd, Centerville, UT 84014 801-294-2589 (map)
Tommies Donuts, 3731 Jordan Landing Blvd, West Jordan, UT 84084 801-280-3330 (map)
Tarahumara, 380 E. Main St., Midway, UT 435-654-3465 [Mexican restaurant with Spudnuts] (map) (photos)

Virginia
Spudnut Shop, 309 Avon Street, Charlottesville, VA 434-296-0590 (map) (blog post, photos) (blog post, photos) (blog post, photos) (photos) (reviews)
Trailside Coffee, 100 Old Trail Drive, Crozet, VA 434-205-4253 (Spudnuts by 8:00 am every Monday) (map) (blog post)

Washington
Spudnut Shop, 228 Williams Boulevard, Richland, WA 99352 509-943-3000 (map) (video) (website)
(website) (1950 photo) (facebook) (blog post, photos)

Canada
Crazy Cakes, 1102 5th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, Canada 403-327-4990 (Spudnuts on Thursdays) (map) (website) (photo) (video)

Vietnam
Spudnuts, 500 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., Q.3, Ho Chi Minh City (article)


Another list of Spudnut shops. It also has a link to photos of a Spudnut shop in Golden, Colorado, in 1953.

Notes:

1. The quality of Spudnuts in current shops is reported to vary a lot. The original franchise ended a long time ago. How close the "mix", or recipe, and process of a particular current Spudnut shop is to the original is pretty much an unknown.

2. Ask the person in charge how Spudnuts differ from regular donuts. The purpose of this is to see if they actually do make Spudnuts or similar, or are just using the Spudnut name without actually making Spudnuts. Also, some places make regular donuts for some types and Spudnuts for others, and there may be no way to know which is which without asking.
Spudnut Ad
Spudnut ads:


Spudnut

"Spudnuts are hilarious until you eat one, and it shuts you up real quick."

"I'll have to say that the first time I heard of Spudnuts, I thought they were some sort of potato baseball. I had no idea what kind of confectionery treat they were until someone brought them into the office one day."