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You Can Pick Krispy Kreme’s Next Flavor!

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By Cooking Panda

The past year has left many Americans skeptical of democracy. But in the case of Krispy Kreme, the power to vote is a delectable emblem with a shiny glaze. The North Carolina-based doughnut company is leaving it up to fans to decide the next glazed doughnut flavor.

The Original Krispy Kreme doughnut is made from a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe kept under wraps by its founder, Vernon Rudolph. The original recipe was said to have been purchased back in the 1930s by Rudolph’s uncle from a New Orleans chef named Joe LeBeau. Like any prized possession, the purported secret recipe can still be found in a locked safe just beside the founder’s old office.

The brand’s flagship doughnut line, the Original Glazed Doughnut, is the main draw for Kreme fans. Fluffy, soft and enrobed in sweet, glazed coating, a Krispy Kreme doughnut is an experience. If you’re not immune to the pull of Krispy Kreme’s neon “HOT” sign, you’re certainly not alone.

The chain keeps its core doughnuts on the menu year-round, such as the Chocolate Classics — the Original Glazed taken one step further and dipped luxuriously in chocolate icing. But recently the brand has introduced new limited-time flavors usually to commemorate national holidays; Krispy Kreme’s St. Patrick’s Doughnut, for example, was an unprecedented green in 2017, which was widely received by fans.

Now, Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme, has announced the second wave of Krispy Kreme innovation. In a statement, Woodward highlighted the company’s eventful 2017 year: the limited-release chocolate glazed doughnut to celebrate the total solar eclipse; gingerbread molasses doughnuts for the holidays.

And now, fans have the mic. Krispy Kreme has decided to give fans the voting power to elect the next limited-edition glazed doughnut flavor. From Jan. 16 through Jan. 22, fans can vote between four flavor candidates — blueberry, caramel, lemon or maple — at the company’s website.

Everyone is allowed to cast their ballot (one vote per day). Then, when the ballots are closed, the winner will be announced on Jan. 25, after which the flavor will be released for a full week this coming spring at participating Krispy Kreme shops throughout the U.S.

May the best flavor win.

Sources: Delish, Fast Company / Featured Image: GoToVan//Flickr

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These Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnuts Will Brighten Your Day (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

The day is long gone when people were impressed by a simple, however delicious, glazed doughnut. You’ve seen rainbow doughnuts and galaxy doughnuts, after all.

But just when you thought that was as wild as the confection could get, an Australian shop has dared to make a doughnut do what no doughnut has done before: glow in the dark.

Black Star Pastry in Sydney presents the Glownut, a plain doughnut topped with yuzu (a citrus fruit) icing. It’s packed with vitamin B, which gives the pastries their glow-in-the-dark effect, according to Daily Mail Australia.

That’s it, you ask? No artificial dyes or unsafe additives? Though the bright-green confection appears out of this world, the shop assures customers that natural vitamin B is the only trick.

In the light of day, the Glownut looks like a tasty but run-of-the-mill citrus doughnut.

When the black light comes on, the magic happens.

Black Star Pastry owner Christopher The was inspired to create the glowing treat as he walked around Sydney’s Vivid music and lights festival, staring at the skyline’s pink, green and yellow lights. 

“I was thinking hard about a way to tie in food with lights,” he told Daily Mail Australia. “And glow-in-the-dark popped in my head.”

“Just the thought of people eating glow-in-the-dark food at the world-famous Vivid festival of light was an amazing challenge we just couldn’t resist.”

It took him a year to master the Glownut’s natural effect — and to make sure it didn’t taste like a glow stick. Christopher said the final product is light — like a brioche bun with half the butter — and not greasy, topped with a tart, citrusy icing. 

He chose to create a doughnut, rather than a different dessert, so people could easily hold their glow-in-the-dark treats.

“We thought it would be fun to see people with glow-in-the-dark icing all over their hands and faces,” he said. “Then we came up with the name ‘Glownut,’ which really sealed the deal.”

Festival goers will be able to rave not only with their $7 Glownuts, but with Black Star’s glowing doughnut holes and black sesame yuzu cake. Black Star even partnered with a gelato shop, which created a glow-in-the-dark hot chocolate to pair with the neon foods. 

The response to the Glownuts has been so positive, Christopher said, that his boutique dessert shop has had to speed up production for Vivid.

This isn’t the first time Black Star has made headlines for eye-catching desserts; the shop became famous for its strawberry watermelon cake, which has been called the most photographed cake in Australia.

Source: Daily Mail Australia / Photo credit: Pixabay

Tags: Australia, black star pastry, donuts, doughnuts, festival, glow in the dark, lights
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National Donut Day: 5 Freebies And 6 Recipes

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By Cooking Panda

Happy National Donut Day!

June 2 is a very special day indeed, and you should totally celebrate it by eating as many donuts as you possibly can.

And that venture, my friends, is exactly what I can help you with.

Did you know you can score a bunch of freebies today? Check out some of the nation’s best donut deals:

Duck Donuts: With any purchase, get a free made-to-order donut of your choice. Any receipt you get from the day will also come with a BOGO half dozen coupon.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy any beverage and get a free classic donut of your choice.

Entenmann’s: Click here and enter an Entenmann’s contest to win free donuts for a whole year! Plus, for every entry, Feeding America will receive $1, so it’s a double win.

Krispy Kreme: At participating locations, you can get a free donut of your choice, no strings attached.

Tim Hortons: Buy a coffee and mention National Donut Day, and you’ll get a free classic donut at participating locations.

Want to see more deals from the best donut chains in America? Click here for the full rundown.

Would you rather make your own donuts? Here are some outstanding yet easy recipes to celebrate the day:

1. Easy Homemade Glazed Donut Holes

If you want a quick donut recipe, it doesn’t get much easier than this. You can make donut rings too, but it is way faster to just roll your dough into little balls and be done with it. Want something even simpler? Try #2:

2. Cheater Biscuit Doughnuts

These two-ingredient pastries are the simplest you’ll ever make! They taste a little denser and more savory than your average yeast donuts, but they are still delicious and will absolutely kill that donut craving.

3. Baked Lemon Blueberry Donuts

These brightly flavorful donuts are slightly “healthier” than the fried variety, and avoiding a vat of hot oil cuts down on the mess, too. But if you’d prefer, there’s no reason you can’t dump them in boiling oil.

4. Quick Jelly Donuts

This version uses the quick canned biscuit dough approach, although you are more than welcome to make your own dough from scratch if that’s more your style.

5. Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Donuts

In about 40 minutes, you can have these moist, cinnamon sugar-coated yeast donuts topped with a dot of raspberry jam and crammed full of sweet cream cheese filling. You can have them all to yourself.

6. Donut Bread Pudding

OK, not exactly making donuts from scratch, but if you happen to make or buy too many, this bread pudding is absolutely the perfect way to bring new life to a stale day-old dozen. There’s just one catch: you have to invite me over if you make this.

Featured Photo Credit: Pexels

Tags: donut recipes, doughnuts, food holiday, free donuts, National Donut Day
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Fall In Love With Krispy Kreme’s Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

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By Cooking Panda

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Krispy Kreme has some cute

Valentine’s treats for you!

If you are somebody who enjoys celebrating Valentine’s Day with an assortment of red- and pink-colored snacks at your disposal, you’re in luck. Krispy Kreme has just rolled out its new doughnuts for the Valentine’s Day season, and they are everything you would expect: heart shaped, super sugary and sure to put you into a sweet, sweet doughnut-coma.

Sign us up!

Love is meant to be shared, so #SayItWithDoughnuts. Our new #ValentinesDay doughnuts are here! #love #sweethearts #doughnuts

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The doughnuts are available now through Feb. 14, 2017, at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada, and the offerings include the Red Happy Heart Doughnut, the Pink Happy Heart Doughnut and the Sprinkled Heart Doughnut, which all look adorable and delicious.

The Red Happy Heart Doughnut and the Pink Happy Heart Doughnut are both in the shape of your standard heart, and come filled with Kreme. Additionally, they are unique in that they both come adorned with sort-of-creepy but sort-of-cute chocolate smiles and candy eyes. 

D’aw.

The Sprinkled Heart Doughnut is similarly in a heart shape, but is dipped in white icing and then topped off with a generous heap of festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles.

What do you think? Will you be heading over to a participating store and sampling these romantic, sugary treats?

Sources: Krispy Kreme / Photo Credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts/Facebook

Tags: doughnuts, heart shaped, krispy kreme, seasonal, valentines day
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Krispy Kreme Sued For $5 Million Over Doughnut Filling

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By Cooking Panda

These days, we all want the best and the most nutritious food for our bodies.

Gone are the days that filling ourselves up with artificial agents and processed ingredients was the norm. Even those of us who are cool with snacking on foods billed as unhealthy typically do so with the knowledge that what we are ingesting isn’t exactly optimal for our bodies.

Perhaps that is why a class-action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles federal court by a former Krispy Kreme customer named Jason Saidian. According to the Washington Times, Saidian claims that the doughnut chain fills its fruit-filled and maple-glazed products with “nutritionally inferior ingredients,” thereby rendering it guilty of not only false advertising, but also fraud.

“Unbeknownst to Plaintiff and other consumers, the Raspberry Products do not contain actual raspberries, the Maple Products do not contain actual maple syrup or maple sugar and the Blueberry Products do not contain actual blueberries,” Washington Post reports the lawsuit as reading. Is it just us, or does that not sound like a line straight out of Willy Wonka?

The snozzberries taste like snozzberries, folks!

The lawsuit goes on to allege that Krispy Kreme has conducted “false and misleading business practices” because varieties of the chain’s doughnuts, such as the “Glazed Raspberry Filled,” “Glazed Blueberry Cake” and “Maple Iced Glazed,” are not actually made with the ingredients listed in their names.

Saidian claims that he would not have purchased the doughnuts had he been aware that other than using the real fruit, the company uses things like gums, artificial food coloring, sugar and corn syrup to mimic the shape and color of things like blueberries, raspberries and other naturally occurring products.

“Plaintiff and other consumers purchased the Products, reasonably relying on Defendant’s deceptive representation about the Products, and believing that each of the Products contained its respective Premium Ingredient. Had Plaintiff and other consumers known that the Products did not contain their Premium Ingredients, they would not have purchased the Products or would have paid significantly less for the Products. Therefore, Plaintiff and consumers have suffered injury in fact as a result of Defendant’s deceptive practices,” the complaint says, per the Washington Post.

“As a result of their misleading business practice, and the harm caused to Plaintiff and other consumers, Defendant should be required to pay for all damages caused to consumers, including Plaintiff. Furthermore, Defendant should be enjoined from engaging in these deceptive practices.”

Attorneys are seeking $5 million in damages and class-action status against Krispy Kreme.

Sources: Washington Times / Photo Credit: Krispy Kreme/Instagram

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New Krispy Kreme Store Looks Like Doughnut Box (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

Kiosks of Krispy Kreme doughnuts have been popping up in malls throughout the United Kingdom, with a unique twist.

Recent pictures of the new kiosks show the newest locations have been constructed in the shape of a Krispy Kreme doughnut box, according to Trend Hunter. Various companies have been experimenting with innovative kiosks, and a giant box of doughnuts will certainly attract people’s attention more than a typical food stand.

The back of the kiosk in shaped like the lid of the box, which wraps around in the front to create plenty of counter space. The middle of the stand has a clear display case where the doughnuts are prominently displayed. Customers could order several doughnuts, which are placed inside a doughnut box, which is located inside…a doughnut box.

Although one would think the doughnut chain does not need to engage in creative tactics to convince customers to buy its tasty products, it appears that Krispy Kreme’s overseas locations lag a bit compared to their U.S. counterparts. The doughnut chain’s revenue increased 3 percent in the second quarter of 2016, but mostly due to sales throughout the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“In its U.S. business, revenue at company stores—the largest contributor to the top line—rose 3.6% and domestic franchise revenue increased 12%.,” the article explained. “Sales at established stores in the U.S. rose 0.7%, reflecting a decline of 0.7% at company-owned shops that was offset by growth of 1.6% at franchise stores. International comparable sales dropped 7.3% excluding currency effects.”

Nevertheless, U.S. fans are still happy to wait for the red light in order to enjoy freshly-prepared glazed doughnuts. At a new location in downtown Denver, hundreds of fans waited in line in order to be one of the first customers at the new 16th Street Mall location, as reported by The Denver Post.

Sean McElroy, who lined up at 11:15 p.m. the night before opening night, was awarded free doughnuts for a year. The following 99 customers received a free dozen every month for a year. The remaining customers, some of whom had been waiting in line since 4:10 a.m., received a coupon for a free doughnut.

“They should have been here earlier,” said MaeLani Lee, one of the first in line. “When it’s free, it tastes so much better.”

Sources: Trend Hunter, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post / Photo credits: Trend Hunter, FoodBev Photos/Flickr

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Why You Should Care About National Donut Day

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By Cooking Panda

It’s National Donut Day, y’all!

We know that there are a ton of food holidays out there, but we have two great reasons to go all out celebrating this one – not only is there a rich and meaningful history surrounding the day, but you can also totally score free stuff. It’s truly a win-win situation.

You might be interested to learn that National Donut Day actually has a really cool history! The holiday goes back to World War I when the Salvation Army’s female volunteers would cook up donuts and hand out the sweet treats to American GIs overseas. This carried on through the Great Depression, and a Chicago Salvation Army declared National Doughnut Day in 1938 in order to raise a little extra money.

The “dough girls” or “dough lassies” continued the tradition during World War II.

During the Vietnam War, POW Orson Swindle even convinced his prison guards to serve sticky buns on November 10, which he convinced them was National Doughnut Day, a big holiday in America. This man was already a hero, but he totally leveled up that day.

So in a way, observing Donut Day is paying homage to our nation’s military history.

If that’s not enough to get you excited, there are tons of free donut deals. Most notably, Dunkin Donuts is giving out a free donut when you buy a drink, and at Krispy Kreme literally all you have to do is show up for a free donut.

If you’re in Australia, WE HAVE BIG NEWS: Krispy Kreme just released a thing of beauty called a “Big Apple Pie Donut” that legitimately looks like an actual pie. Check it out:

The lattice “crust” is made of white chocolate and cookie crumbs, while the rest of the donut is a standard one with apple pie filling inside. This is part of their American Classics line, which also includes the Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Campfire S’mores, and Coconut Cream Pie. We are super jealous! If you’re Down Under, give these donuts a try for us and report back.

If you can’t get your hands on those, but want something new, you must try these Glazed Donut Crunchkins:

These bite-sized candy poppers also come in Birthday Cake and Fudge Brownie flavors, and they are totally delicious, with a creamy outside coating and a light, crunchy center. If you’ve tried these, let us know what you think!

Sources: NPRBrandEating / Photo Credit: Salvation Army/Wikimedia Commons, Krispy Kreme Australia via BrandEatingCrunchkins, GlamDollDonuts/Instagram

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