On a busy fall day, Cold Hollow Cider in Waterbury pumps out 10,000 of its legendary cider doughnuts a day.
"We're a little busier than normal today," said Paul Brown of Cold Hollow Cider.
Monday things started a little earlier. The company needed a pinch doughnut machine to help crank out the tasty treats. An additional 300 dozen doughnuts were on deck for a big customer-- the Boston Red Sox. After winning game six of the American League Championship Series Saturday, Cold Hollow owner Paul Brown received a call from the Red Sox executive chef, a fan of Vermont food.
"He said we'd really like to have some doughnuts at our Tuesday press event before the opening of the World Series. So we said, 'OK, how many doughnuts do you want?' And he said, '300 dozen,'" Brown said.
That's 3,600 fresh doughnuts. Brown is a big Sox fan. And he knew this could be a homerun for his company. But first he wanted to see the dough.
"I hesitated to make sure they were going to pay for them. I like the free press, but it's not worth 300 dozen," Brown said.
Normally the doughnuts don't last longer than a few minutes. People snatch them up as soon as they come off the line. Cold Hollow was concerned about freshness, so the doughnuts were packed in tin containers so they'll last until Tuesday evening when who knows who will be stealing one to try.
"I hope David Ortiz is taking a bite of our doughnuts and we get a picture of him doing it," Brown said.
The Vermont treats hit the road to Fenway Tuesday morning and will likely wrangle in some new fans.
A dozen doughnuts cost $6. Cold Hollow charged the Red Sox $5 a dozen, but they did charge for shipping, so it still worked out to $6 a dozen. Brown said he tried to negotiate for some World Series tickets and that was a no go.
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