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Krispy kon job

They made a big damn deal of it when they introduced Krispy Kreme donuts over here. I’m not sure why…I don’t think they’re made in the store bakery or anything. I tried one for nostalgia’s sake, and it was nothing like I remember the melty, warm goodness of a fresh Krispy Kreme donut.

Apparently, the real thing is another of those famous secret recipes and may contain potato: “…the recipe consisted of a cream (the eponymous “Kreme”) of fluffed egg whites, mashed potatoes, sugar, shortening and skim milk that was chilled and mixed with flour and then fried and covered in glaze. Today, very few people can say what exactly goes into a Krispy Kreme doughnut, with the top-secret recipe secured in a vault at company headquarters…”

It doesn’t travel well.

And can you see the price? That’s £2.25 for one ordinary glazed donut – or $2.75 in your US dollars. You’d have to be nuts to pay that for an unremarkable not very fresh glazed donut. The internet tells me the going rate in the States is $.99.

The Internet further says tells me there was once a Krispy Kreme sold in Selfridge’s for £1,000. It was gold and looked stupid.

KK was started in Nashville, so our local was probably one of the older ones. The back wall was glass and much of the process was automated. I’m having a hard time remembering the particulars because it was so long ago, but I have a vivid memory of donuts gliding down a conveyor belt into a bath of sugar glaze.

I’m getting it all confused with the local Krystal burger, though – probably because of the inappropriate K. Krystal is another story for another day.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: September 25, 2023, 7:58 pm

In Portsmouth, VA, long before 1965, my parents would parlay a visit to the local Krispy Kreme into an exciting evening for the family.

The trick was to get there just in time for the “Hot Donuts” sign to light up but not so early as to have to wait around until the magic happened. I guess the sad leftovers were boxed up for sale to Old Blighty or Baltimore, MD. Anyway, you had to be there at just that time and just that age for the experience to be meaningful now.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 25, 2023, 9:06 pm

When they got rid of trans fats to make us all healthy they got rid of flavor along the way.

Dunkin Donuts never tasted the same after they screwed with the old methods.

And Krispy Kreme was always overrated IMO.

What we called “Honey Dipped” (glazed I’m sure) was a Sunday morning after church feature along with the Sunday comics that was highly anticipated.

Till Boston Cremes in Middle School, and then plain old cake donuts with coffee (still) after college.

Comment from bikeboy
Time: September 25, 2023, 9:12 pm

They’re way overpriced on this side of the pond, too – but £2.25? That’s obscene! Prolly £2 is pure profit!
As a child, “Homer Price” was a favorite book – young Homer is charged with supervising the donut machine, but doesn’t know how to stop it, and has a surplus donut crisis. (I remember that story when I watch the Krispy Kreme Machine.)

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 25, 2023, 9:22 pm

Never met a Krispy Kreme that I didn’t like, but what my men-folk really love are the old-fashioned, sour cream cake donuts. The kind that crack open on the top like little pound cakes, and are lavishly glazed.

And for reasons I never quite understood, we have never never never ever lived close to a donut shop. I know that’s a good thing, but it’s still annoying.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 25, 2023, 10:10 pm

Question – are Korean donut shops as ubiquitous everywhere else as they are in Dallas Fort Worth?

Comment from ea
Time: September 25, 2023, 11:32 pm

We have Krispy Kreme and a famous local chain (as in there are 3 locations in town) called Golden Donuts. I think there is a Dunkin Donut-but no one goes there.
Anyway, once a month the office manager brings donuts and it is always one of the two. Golden Donuts are always still hot when he brings them in but you have to work fast because there is grease leaking through the cardboard box.

He brought muffins in once and there was almost a riot.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: September 26, 2023, 3:52 am

Around here we are blessed with real-life bakeries. That’s the only place to buy real donuts and pastries.

Comment from Quetzalovercoatl
Time: September 26, 2023, 9:11 am

When Krispy Kreme opened it’s first and flagship location as a satellite to a local mall the lines were unbelievable. The drive-thru was open 24/7 and the local people started to complain about the unending stream of cars sitting in the line at all hours.

If you’d ever eaten the local donut product (Off- Beat and The Rolling Donut) you’d completely understand why. The Irish are not blessed with the ability to make tasty cakes and pastry type objects. The donuts, no matter how they look, all taste like plain bread with a little sugar on top, completely different texture and flavour to what donuts should be.

Unlike what Americans have done with things like Italian pizza, i.e., made it much better, the Euros tend to fail miserably at recreating American food. There’s a joint here called Eddie Rockets which is an Irish person’s version of what a 50s American diner would be like. How you can fail at making hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries tasty I do not know but they do, and at hugely inflated prices.

And, as always, the Irish are getting shafted on the price. A regular glazed is €3, which is £2.50 or an eye-watering $4.00!! FOR A SINGLE DONUT…

Comment from technochitlin
Time: September 26, 2023, 12:49 pm

In my younger hippier days groups of us would congregate at the Piedmont Avenue (Atlanta) DD location, sometimes at early hours of the morning, to watch the donuts travel down the conveyor into the glaze- through a glass wall facing the street. Mass quantities would then be consumed. Ah, the Sixties…

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: September 26, 2023, 4:00 pm


David Keith McCallum (19 September 1933 – 25 September 2023) was a Scottish actor and musician

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Comment from Jon
Time: September 26, 2023, 4:45 pm

KK came to the land of Dunkin’ and I tried it. Seemed fine but not “praise deity” worthy. I think something was lost in transit, probably the original bakers.
That said, I concur that Dunkin’ without transfats is a shell of its former self. Mostly marketing stunts recently, like fancier lattes (though the pumpkin spice one is actually better than Starbucks, not a high bar for me).

Comment from Jon
Time: September 26, 2023, 4:47 pm

Korean donut shops are not present in the Northeast AFAIK. I wish to try said establishment.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: September 26, 2023, 6:33 pm

We have both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin here in the islands. I didn’t know that they ship the donuts in – I thought they might have a local bakery. The prices here aren’t that bad – p295 (about US$5.75) for a dozen, so 50 cents apiece? They must have a bakery here, they would be far more expensive if they shipped them in.

Comment from Allen
Time: September 27, 2023, 10:01 pm

The strong memory from the store in Raleigh I have was watching the donuts cruising under the glaze while being zonked out of my mind on various alcoholic substances. For some strange reason I thought it might help with tomorrow’s hangover. Never did but who cares? The fat and the sugar with a real strong cup of coffee made me feel good, though a touch wobbly.

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