Breakfast of Carolinians

I spent my formative post-college years at The Salisbury Post in Salisbury, N.C. I learned many things there that hadn’t been taught in journalism school, including: Never accept painted turkey bones from the town crazy lady, pigeons don’t belong in the computer server room and reporting on a 4-H fair winner can lead to a family feud. (That last led to immortal words from my managing editor, “It’s not the scandals that get you, it’s the dairy cows.”)

Because Salisbury is the proud home of Cheerwine, the soft drink was a prominent ingredient in numerous dishes at every potluck. A Cheerwine Jell-O mold stands out in my mind.

I’m surprised it took this long to marry two of the state’s food products, but it has finally happened: Krispy Kreme doughnuts filled with Cheerwine creme. The specialty doughnuts will be available for the month of July only, according to the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, which also writes that a dozen will be delivered ceremonially to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday morning. Wonder if she’ll be wearing that hazmat-looking bee suit.