Krispy Kreme (Greenville Avenue)

After my donut stint at Gourdough’s , I realized I hadn’t had a Krispy Kreme donut in awhile. Honestly, I never saw what the whole hoopla was behind it, but that’s probably because I was blessed with the Texas-born Shipley Do-Nuts. Now let’s be honest– the last time I had Krispy Kreme was when I thought Spaghetti O’s® meatballs were a real treat  so both my taste and age have matured a lot by then.  I figured it was about time to give Krispy Kreme another chance and I must say, I’m glad I did because it was a lot better than I remembered.

Krispy Kreme’s batter is made out of their “secret recipe” from 1937 and it’s safe to say that it’s better than your average donut and rivals some of my all time favorites: Shipley’s and Southern Maid. (And of course, I’ll have a review of my donut favorites. Stay tuned!)

ORIGINAL GLAZED

+ What makes people go nuts over this dough? The texture: it’s fluffy, soft, tender, airy, and melts in your mouth
+ This isn’t specific to just Krispy Kreme donuts but glazed donuts in general…I love glazed donuts because visually, the way the smooth translucent sugar encases the dough is magnificent. It’s like a window with winter frost that you peak inside to see an ornate Christmas tree… except you see golden dough through the glaze.
= Other than that, the donut “flavors” taste like any other ordinary glazed donut – sweet and doughy.

Dark Chocolate Kreme Donut
Dark chocolate filling with dark chocolate glaze and milk chocolate drizzle

This was their donut of the month in January and therefore not available now.


+ Dough is soft and fluffy as well
– The filling is lopsided. I’m always really sad when the filling isn’t in the center of the donut. The first 1/2 of the donut is all dough while the second 1/2 is all filling. The 2nd 1/2 left the donut way too sweet without any balance.
– The filling tastes more like a rich fudge than dark chocolate.
– Dark chocolate filling is too sweet, the sugar overpowers the chocolate flavor. (The dark chocolate probably isn’t high quality chocolate either)
= Personally, I’m not a huge fan of iced chocolate because the glaze is always sweeter than it is chocolatey. I wish donut shops in generally used a higher percentage of cocoa for their glaze.

Glazed Sour Cream

Adding sour cream to donuts has more to do with the texture than the taste.  (Similiar to buttermilk pancakes, the batter does not taste like buttermilk.)

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of sour cream donuts because they’re not as soft and delicate as regular donuts, but I hadn’t had its kind in awhile so decided to indulge.

= It’s slightly tangy if you are really looking for the sour cream characteristic but other than that, you can’t really taste the sour cream at all.
= The outer shell is rough and the dough is more dense and cake-like than your normal donut.

Going to Krispy Kreme is a really fun experience. They have free paper hats and you can view the donut making through a window. It’s like  mini factory tour!  Just in case you haven’t been to a Krispy Kreme for the “tour”, here’s some pictures of how the Original Glazed is made:

The big silver tub squeezes out batter into a pool of oil where the donuts are fried to a beautiful golden color:

The donuts are coming out of the fryer and moving slowly to the next stage:

This is the glazing stage where the donuts move slowly through a waterfall dripping of sugar.

And Voila!

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C for Cuisine last visit: January 26, 2011
Cuisine: Breakfast, donuts, casual dining

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