The life of Mary Elizabeth Evans is one of Central New York’s most inspiring stories. She was a member of one of Syracuse’s most prominent families until the sudden deaths of both her father and grandfather left them with nothing. As a child, she started selling home-made chocolates to help pay the bills. And that entrepreneurial streak grew into a string of tea rooms and candy shops across the Northeast, including New York City. The Onondaga Historical Association has had great success recreating her original candy recipes to help pay their own bills. And now, they’re going a step further. They’re partnering with Glazed & Confused Donuts to bring back Mary Elizabeth’s World Famous Crullers. The light, fluffy creations were sold through much of the 20th Century at Evans’ tea room and candy shop in New York City… which, at one point, sold more than 250 dozen crullers a day! During the late 1970’s, Mary Elizabeth’s Cruller recipe was voted the best donut in New York City by both “New York” Magazine and the “New York Times.”
OHA executive director Gregg Tripoli and Paul Valenti of Glazed & Confused revealed that the donut shop will be selling Mary Elizabeth’s Crullers on Throwback Thursdays, starting May 23rd. The shop is located at 211 North Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse. Proceeds from the Cruller sales will be donated back to the OHA.