When visiting America you will become familiar with two big brands in the donut business: Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme. The former of these was my favourite, especially with boxes of munchkins that would satisfy any donut craving. Although neither could hold a match to our local establishment, Paul’s Bakery – a little shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia – who had the best baked and fried goods for miles around. But when on the road with no Pauls around, for me, it was Dunkin’ Donuts all the way.
I actually disliked Krispy Kreme’s donuts growing up. They were too sweet, too oily – which I’m aware defines a donut – but it was always too much for my little taste buds to handle. When we moved from the States to Scotland, we suddenly found ourselves without any donuts around; it just wasn’t a specialty that Scotland invested in. However, over my 12 years of living in Scotland, things started to change. Donuts became more popular and about five or so years ago, the first Krispy Kreme appeared on the scene.
Now in Scotland, you can’t drive through any service station or go to any Tesco (the Coles equivalent) without bumping into a Krispy Kreme. And soon, mainly due to the lack of viable options, it became my own go-to for donuts as well. I grew used to the sickeningly sweet glaze covering the thin and overly expensive rich, oily dough.
Moving to Australia brought a thankful reprieve, with real bakeries, serving real donuts, with real passion. However, despite bakeries here in S.A. making wonderful donuts, and despite there being more bakeries around than almost any other eatery, Krispy Kreme – hailing from the land of the red, white and obesity – has landed. Now it too is at every service station, many corner shops, and taking trade away from the local bakers and businesses. Out of all the requests The Holey Grail receives, the majority of them are for us to review Krispy Kreme. People seem most interested in knowing where Krispy Kreme rates on our leaderboard – more than any other donut. Why, what is so good about this donut? Well, I still don’t know – but my honest review can be read below.