So, it is a little late but recognition is always worth it. In lieu of the recent Donut Day, I needed to share so vital information. My college town bakery was just named BEST donut in Minnesota! Yes, you read that right. Bloedows was named the best donuts in Minnesota! What an honor.
Thanks for the LaCrosse Tribune you can read a little more about Bloedow’s and their tradiation. But if you don’t want to click on the link, don’t worry the story is copy and pasted below.
Bloedow Bakery is Winona’s hometown bakery since 1924 featuring their own, very special, original recipes. Step in the door and step back in time to smell the warm, sweet smells of fresh baked donuts, breads and sweets. Step into a time when lives were more relaxed and food was made with pride. Ask any native Winonan and you will find Bloedow’s is a stop not to miss!
In 1924 Ernest Bloedow had a dream to start his own bakery in Winona, MN. Located at 601 Sanborn Street, Ernest and his wife, Mary, started their little bakery which soon became a family affair. In 1925 the bakery moved to the corner of Broadway and Laird into a former saloon, complete with a hitching post outside! The bakery soon became known as Bloedow’s Little Bake Shop on Broadway. There it flourished and was passed down through the family.
By 1941, Ernest and Mary’s daughter, Mildred, and her husband, Julius Gernes, assisted in the bakery operations and eventually purchased the bakery. In 1984, Mildred and Julius’ son, Ernest, and his wife Darlene, took over the Bloedow tradition with its now famous recipes.
On January 1, 2005, the bakery was sold to Hugh and Mary Polus, the first owners outside of the Bloedow family. A baker at Bloedow bakery since the age of 15, Hugh was mentored by Ernie and Darlene for almost 20 years to continue the Bloedow tradition. While some customers may have been skeptical of the change, they were soon relieved to know that nothing would be changed with the Bloedow’s recipes. The Polus’ are both native Winonans and grew up on Bloedow’s treats.
Many of the Bloedow donuts, rolls, and breads you see in the cases each day are still made with the recipes used on the bakery’s first day of business. Other specialties have been added during the 80+ years of tradition.
The David and Goliath Story…Bakery Style
In December 2005, Winona residents taste-tested and the result was national news. Less than two years after entering the Winona market, the international doughnut colossus, Krispy Kreme, pulled its products from the store shelves, ceding the territory to locally owned Bloedow Bakery. While their exit started out quietly, a local newspaper ran a story which was quickly picked up by the Associated Press and run all over the country.
All agree, once you’ve had a Bloedow’s donut you will go back for more. Many Bloedow’s fans agree that the first and last stop when coming to Winona is Bloedow Bakery and one donut is not enough. What Bloedow’s fans won’t agree on is which donut is the best. There are just too many “bests” to choose from. Bloedow’s fans are so devoted, they have created a group on Facebook dedicated to sharing Bloedow’s stories and voted Bloedow Bakery the Best Donut Shop in MN in March 2012 WCCO Best of poll.
The employees of Bloedow’s promise to continue the tradition of Bloedow’s by providing high quality baked goods like no others.
Bloedow Bakery was an awesome place to visit on a Sunday morning when most of the town was still sleeping. I can only imagine what press Bloedow’s has received since they’ve been voted best donut. Kudos to them for making the tradition last and a dream come true. Now, only if they delivered then I could get this hankering for a Maple Long John out of my system.