About Our Signature Menu Item at Our Kolache Franchise

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Shipley Franchisees and Customers Love Our Kolache Franchise Opportunity

At Shipley Do-Nuts, we think everyone should be able to enjoy delicious, freshly made donuts. Our passionate consumer following knows that Shipley is also a favorite kolache franchise in Texas and many other Southern states.

Now is an excellent time to invest in a Shipley Do-Nuts franchise. In 2023, Shipley was awarded “Best in Category” in the prestigious Entrepreneur Franchise 500!

What Is a Kolache?

A kolache is a type of pastry that is popular in Central and Eastern European countries, including Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Serbia. It typically consists of a yeast dough wrapped around a sweet or savory filling. 

Traditional fillings may include apricot jam or poppy seed paste, but more modern variations can include sausage, cheese, bacon, or even fruit. The result is a light and fluffy pastry that is slightly sweet with a savory center. 

Kolaches are often served as breakfast or as snacks throughout the day. They also make great desserts when topped with powdered sugar, chocolate sauce, or fresh fruit.

Whether you prefer them sweet or savory, kolaches make a delicious treat that is sure to please any crowd.

The History of the Kolache

Kolaches are a traditional Czech pastry believed to have been brought to the United States by Czech immigrants in the 1800s. These delicious pastries can be found in Texas, Nebraska, and other cities with large Czech populations. The popularity of kolaches only grew from there, eventually becoming a beloved treat across the nation.

The history of kolaches goes back centuries to when the pastry was first created by Eastern European bakers. In their native countries, they were known as “kolač” — the Czech word for cake — which is where the American version of their name comes from: kolache.

The original kolač was more bread-like than a yeasted pastry when compared with today’s kolaches. However, they still featured many of the same flavor combinations that we enjoy today, such as poppy seed and apricot filling varieties.

Since its inception in America, kolaches have become firmly ingrained in our culture as a classic comfort food. Kolaches are often served alongside coffee or tea, making them an ideal breakfast item that can be shared among friends and family members. With its wide variety of fillings and flavors that span both sweet and savory options, it’s no wonder why this traditional Czech pastry has become so popular in the United States!

How to Own Your Donut, Coffee and Kolache Franchise

We pride ourselves on a franchise process that’s straightforward and transparent. Multi-unit franchising is Shipley’s strategy for growth across the country, and we’re seeking candidates with the ability to develop three or more stores. 

Our Product Offerings

  • Donuts: Donuts have been the go-to breakfast indulgence for millions of Americans for a very long time, and we all have our favorite varieties. Luckily for our franchisees, Shipley Do-Nuts offers dozens of choices — from our iconic plain glazed do-nut to our filled, sprinkled, and powdered do-nuts and cakes — that keep our loyal customers coming back for more.
  • Coffee: Since 2022, Shipley has offered an upgraded premium coffee line to all franchise locations, which includes iced and regular coffee. Many franchisees found the increased focus on coffee sales provided double-digit revenue increases.
  • Kolaches: Our customers love that they can get their hands on hot, fresh kolaches daily, making Shipley their go-to breakfast option. It has also been really rewarding to see how happy our franchisees are with serving up our delectable kolaches and being part of the Shipley family. 

Are you ready to get your kolache franchise questions answered with Shipley Do-Nuts? Contact us today to get started. 

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