Krispy Kreme Jumps On The Pumpkin Spice Train

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For one full day, at least.

Brand Eating reports that Krispy Kreme plans to change its original glazed doughnut into a pumpkin spice version for one day only on Oct. 26. This will be in celebration of National Pumpkin Spice day, and the new Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed donut will be available at participating locations in the United States and Canada.

If you can’t make it to a Krispy Kreme location on that particular day, you can always try their seasonal pumpkin spice cake donut instead. Brand Eating did a taste test of this doughnut flavor, which they described it as soft, moist, sweet and yummy. Although they claimed that it was lacking in the taste of pumpkin, it did have plenty of spice.

If you’ve really got a serious case of the pumpkin spice fever this year, you can always try to make it to Krispy Kreme in time to try both the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut and the pumpkin spice cake doughnut and compare them.

Maybe the pumpkin spice cake doughnut is supposed to be less pumpkin-y and more cake-ish? And maybe the new Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut will have more of that pumpkin kick you might be expecting. Either way, I’m sure they’re both delicious. Who can go wrong with a doughnut? Certainly not Krispy Kreme.

Want even more pumpkin spice? Wash down your pumpkin-flavored doughnuts with Krispy Kreme’s seasonal pumpkin spice latte while you’re at it. According to the doughnut gurus themselves, it’s available this year hot, iced or frozen.

“Our fans crave these seasonally inspired treats, and the pairing of a Pumpkin Spice Latte and one of our doughnuts makes for the perfect comfort food as the weather starts to cool down,” says Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

See? Even they recommend it as a perfect pairing.

If, by some chance, your tastes don’t fall so much into the pumpkin realm, Krispy Kreme also offers a seasonal salted caramel latte donut, which also delivers a taste of fall. Check it all out at your nearest location before the season’s over!

Sources: Brand Eating (2), Krispy Kreme / Photo credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts/Instagram

Tags: Fall Flavors, krispy kreme, pumpkin spice
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Krispy Kreme’s Halloween Doughnuts Sound Delicious

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Zombies, pumpkins and spiders — oh my! It’s Halloween season and Krispy Kreme is getting festive with a holiday doughnut debut.

According to a Krispy Kreme press release, this year’s lineup includes 4 new seasonal doughnuts.

Let’s give each one the attention it deserves:

First, the Zombie Doughnut. This one is a Kreme-filled shell dipped in electric blue icing for the blue zombie, or green icing for the green zombie. It is then hand-decorated with black icing and candy eyes. As you can see in the Tweet above, the blue zombie has only one eye. While these are meant to be scary for Halloween, they’re actually pretty cute!

Next up is the Pumpkin Doughnut. This one comes with Chocolate Kreme filling, is dipped in orange icing and decorated with black icing to resemble the face of a jack-o-lantern. Perfect for Halloween and trick-or-treat parties.

The Spider Web Doughnut is probably my favorite, since it’s filled with chocolate and then also iced with chocolate…because you know, there’s no such thing as too much chocolate. The icing decorations on this one are white, and drawn in the pattern of a spider web.

These four delicious-sounding doughnuts (four if you count the zombies as two — I do, it’s only fair!) are available through Oct. 31, according to Brand Eating. But there’s still another seasonal item worth talking about…

Krispy Kreme has given us the Caramel Apple Chiller to wash it all down. This tangy fall drink consists of green apple icy slush swirled with Ghirardelli caramel sauce. Have it with a doughnut for that perfect mix of chocolatey sweetness and tangy fruitiness. What a great way to start the season!

Sources: Brand Eating, Krispy Kreme Press Release / Photo credit: Krispy Kreme via Brand Eating

Tags: donuts, Halloween, krispy kreme
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Talk Like A Pirate, Get A Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut; Dress Like One, Get A Dozen!

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If you see a bunch of people walking around in pirate gear today, here’s why:

Brand Eating reports that on Sept. 19, Krispy Kreme is holding a promotional deal for its sweet-toothed fans: the doughnut chain will offer a free Original Glazed Doughnut to anybody who drops into a participating location in the U.S. and Canada and “talks like a pirate.”

Of course, if throwing a few arrr‘s and matey’s into your daily vernacular doesn’t feel like enough, you can up the ante and go into a participating location dressed like a pirate. That extra effort will earn you a dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for free — which might just please your coworkers enough that they’ll neglect to ask why you’re dressed up as a pirate in the first place.

There are qualifiers, however: if you dress up, make sure your costume meets Krispy Kreme’s three pirate item minimum (and no, I don’t think an open bottle of rum counts).

Too shy to talk like a pirate or dress up, but don’t want to miss out on the deal? No worries, this is 2016 — Snapchat has you covered.

Customers can also digitally “dress” like a pirate using Krispy Kreme’s custom Snapchat pirate filter. Bring evidence of your photo into a participating shop to earn your free dozen that way.

While I’m not positive why the chain has chosen pirates to be it’s thing this month, in honor of the occasion Krispy Kreme is offering two pirate-themed doughnuts for the promotion: the Pirate Doughnut and the Skull and Crossbones Doughnut.

The Pirate Doughnut is a filled yeast doughnut decorated with a pirate face, while the Skull and Crossbones doughnut is a chocolate-filled yeast doughnut, topped with chocolate icing and decorate with white icing, as well as a skull candy piece.

Happy pirate-ing!

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: Krispy Kreme via Brand Eating

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Are Coffee Coffee Ice Cubes At Your Local Cafe The Next Food Trend?

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By Cooking Panda

Most of us love iced coffee…what’s not to like? It’s the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day and it can also serve as a sweet treat for when you’re craving dessert. The only thing we don’t love about it is the watered down taste it gets when the ice melts.

There’s an obvious solution when we’re making it at home: coffee ice cubes. But, what about when we’re out and about and craving our coffee fix from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? Well, according to Brand Eating, this is being taken into consideration among the coffee-selling brands. For starters, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme have started using not only coffee flavored ice cubes in their cold drinks, but other flavors as well!

So far, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme have implemented the flavored cubes only in South Korea (lucky for them!), but we are hoping it proves enough of a success that we may be able to see it here too. Brand Eating reports that Starbucks has been thinking about the idea since 2008, but doesn’t have stores with freezer units. I sure hope they figure it out. Imagine ordering a pumpkin spice latte (which is back, by the way!) iced with pumpkin spice ice cubes. I mean, it’s still pretty hot out there, right?

Delish reports that the two coffee giants have a couple of flavors in common, like coffee and milk chocolate, and both have a fruit flavor for non-coffee drinkers as well.

Dunkin’ Donuts offers a “cube beverage” line that consists of caramel macchiato with coffee cubes, milk chocolate cubes, and a Red Orange Aid cube drink. Krispy Kreme’s offers include: milk cubes for a caramel macchiato, latte cubes, original coffee cubes, and a sparkling lime flavor for their drink of the same name. After all, not everybody drinks coffee.

Starbucks has yet to catch on, even in South Korea. At least we know the idea is floating around in their heads. I’m sure if it proves to be a success with the competition, they’ll step up their game. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Either way, these are some great homemade ice cube ideas for the meantime.

Sources: Brand Eating, Delish / Photo credits: Dunkin Donuts via Delish, Brand Eating
 

Tags: Dunkin' Donuts, iced coffee, krispy kreme, Starbucks
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Krispy Kreme Rolling Out Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Doughnuts — But There’s One Catch

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Oh my gosh.

Can we all please just take a second to admire Krispy Kreme’s newest flavor offering?

The popular doughnut chain has gone and combined everybody’s favorite candy with everybody’s favorite morning pastry, resulting in one of the most gorgeous creations the chain has put forth to date.

Behold the new REESE’S Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme Doughnut!

As you can see, the doughnut is filled with the classic, creamy Reese’s PB sauce, and then dipped in a bath of chocolate icing. Afterward, it’s topped with Reese’s PB chips, vanilla biscuit crumbles, and then finished off with a light and sumptuous chocolate drizzle, per the Krispy Kreme Australia website.

Are you drooling, yet? Us, too. But there’s just one catch: Unfortunately, for those of us stuck in the United States, the doughnut is only available in Australia.

Fingers crossed that the Krispy Kremes stateside copy out friends down under soon!

Source: Delish, Krispy Kreme Australia / Photo credits: Krispy Kreme via Delish, Krispy Kreme Australia/Twitter

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Krispy Kreme Is Introducing A Bunch Of New Doughnuts And We Want To Eat Them All

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You might want to sit down for this.

Krispy Kreme just introduced three new, international-themed doughnuts, and every single one of them sounds jaw-droppingly delicious. The doughnuts will be available for a limited time at North American Krispy Kreme locations, so we suggest that you start your car engine and drive to your nearest store immediately.

The first new drool-inducing doughnut is named the Churro. This masterpiece of fried-dough perfection is practically made for dipping in a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and consists of a special cinnamon sugar-rolled cake doughnut.

If you weren’t already excited enough, the second new international-themed doughnut is Tiramisu. This Italian-inspired beauty is created from a yeast doughnut, which is then filled with Tiramisu Kreme, topped with dark chocolate Tiramisu frosting, drizzled with dark chocolate, and finally topped with chocolate cake crumbs and a chocolate coffee bean.

We are beginning to suspect that Krispy Kreme is more of a dream-making, wish-granting, sorcery company than a doughnut purveyor.

The third, and final limited-edition doughnut is aptly named Crème Brulee. While it’s difficult to pick a favorite, we think that this vanillia bean custard-filled, dark caramel and crème brulee flake-topped yeast doughnut just might take the cake (or doughnut).

If you thought that the news couldn’t get any better, however, we have one more surprise. According to Brand Eating, Krispy Kreme is also introducing an international-themed drink to accompany its new doughnuts: the Frozen Dulce de Leche.

As you might have guessed, the Frozen Dulce de Leche sounds just as delicious as its name suggests. The magical new drink consists of a tantalizing combination of vanilla and Ghiradelli caramel, blended with ice and practically screaming to be enjoyed on a hot summer day.

All four of the new products will be available through August 28, so the clock is already ticking. Personally, we couldn’t be more excited (or hungry) to try out all of the amazing international-themed offerings!

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: Krispy Kreme

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Krispy Kreme-Flavored Soda Is Now A Thing

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Just when you thought that fast food companies could not think of any more ridiculous, horrifying junk food mash-ups, Krispy Kreme and Cheerwine Soda are changing the name of the game once again.

Thanks to the two Southern dynasties, you can now buy (and drink) doughnut-flavored soda. According to The Charlotte Observer, the sugary new drink is called “Cheerwine Kreme,” and will available for a limited time in select Southern Krispy Kreme shops and grocery stores.

If you are unfamiliar with Cheerwine, you probably don’t come from the South. The drink is a cult favorite Southern soda, characterized by a sharp cherry flavor.

Unsurprisingly, tasters have described Cheerwine Kreme as a variant of cherry creme soda. While the results were mixed, one reviewer even stated that the drink was “not terrible in the way [she] thought it would be.”

Considering the fact that the taster was describing doughnut-flavored soda, however, we think that qualifies as a rave review!

If you have an adventurous stomach and a sweet tooth, Krispy Kreme will be offering free samples of Cheerwine Kreme on July 23. Otherwise, Krispy Kreme shops in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, as well as Food Lion and Harris Teeter grocery stores, will be selling the soda for a limited time.

While most people would cringe at the very thought of washing down a sugary-sweet doughnut with an even-sweeter soda, we must admit that the sheer novelty of the product makes us want to try it for ourselves. Just make sure that you have a dentist on call for any spontaneous cavities that might erupt from ingesting something as unbelievably sugary as doughnut-flavored soda! 

Source: The Charlotte Observer / Photo credit: The Charlotte Observer

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New Krispy Kreme Store Looks Like Doughnut Box (Photos)

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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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Nike Reportedly Launches Limited-Edition Starbucks-Inspired Sneaker (Photos)

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Nike has reportedly released a pair of sneakers that appear to be inspired by Starbucks coffee.

The sneaker brand has released several limited-edition food collaborations over the past few months. Although neither Nike nor Starbucks have confirmed the collaboration, The Premier Store is offering the coffee-inspired shoes, listed as Nike SB Dunk Low Premium, for $100.

The low-top sneaker is a traditional Nike style. However, the green and white accents, green interior and rubber sole, and light and dark brown swirled canvas, similar to the coffee and cream swirling together in a mug, will delight Starbucks lovers everywhere.

A limited-edition Krispy Kreme and Nike collaboration, a release of Kyrie Irving’s signature shoe, is coming to a select number of U.S. cities. In Early May 2016, a truck painted in the Krispy Kreme signature colors of red, white, and green departed from Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Oregon, and will make its way to Cleveland, Baltimore, Harlem and Brooklyn, New York.  

In April 2016, Nike also released a chicken-and-waffles-inspired sneaker, the Nike SB Dunk High Premium Waffle. Released on April 2, the high-top sneaker consists of a waffle-woven fabric pattern, a syrup design on the Nike swoosh, and chicken and waffles artwork as part of the insoles.

Sources: The Premier Store, Fox Sports, Mashable / Photo credit: The Premier Store, Fox Sports, Mashable

Tags: chicken and waffles, Food-inspired clothing, krispy kreme, Nike, Starbucks
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Krispy Kreme Is Now Selling Nutella Doughnuts From A Vending Machine

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By Cooking Panda

Cancel your weekend plans and buy a plane ticket to London.

Just when you thought doughnuts couldn’t get any more perfect, Krispy Kreme has announced that it will be selling Nutella doughnuts from a pop-up vending machine in Holborn, London.

That’s right. Nutella doughnuts. From a vending machine.

While the pop-up is only temporary, Krispy Kreme has promised that the new flavor, named “Nutty Chocolatta,” will soon be on sale worldwide for a limited time. The doughnut itself is filled with delicious Nutella perfection, topped with chocolate frosting, and sprinkled with crushed hazelnuts. Stop drooling!

Personally, I’ll be waiting until the new flavor is available stateside, but if you do find yourself in London the pop-up is located at 229 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7DA. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 9 through May 21. Each doughnut costs two pounds, and all proceeds go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Doughnuts, Nutella, and charity? How could you go wrong!

If you’re landlocked like me however, never fear. Krispy Kreme “accidentally” leaked a memo May 5, revealing that the Nutty Chocolatta will go on general sale May 27. Check out the memo below, and don’t forget to mark your calendar! Until then, we suggest preparing your taste buds by eating as much Nutella and doughnuts as possible!

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Source: Metro / Photo credits: AnishaRhoden/TwitterKrispy Kreme

Tags: krispy kreme, london, nutella, Nutty Chocolatta, vending machine
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How To Make Your Own Krispy Kreme Donuts

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Everybody loves soft, gooey glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme, but did you know that you can make them at home with everyday ingredients?

You can get piping hot, fresh donuts at home while controlling what ingredients go in.

Here is the recipe, courtesy of Nicko’s Kitchen:

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

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Homemade Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Recipe

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Glaze
113g butter
375g powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
135ml evaporated milk (can substitute regular milk or water for milder flavour)
 
Donuts
3 packages yeast (21g)
120ml water
530ml milk, scalded, then cooled
169g sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 eggs
113g shortening
940g all-purpose flour
Oil for frying
 
Method:
Proof your yeast by adding it to the warm water. Mix it up and let it rest. Scald the milk in your microwave or on top of your stove, and let cool. If you don’t scald it first to kill the enzyme, your donuts won’t rise. Combine yeast, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and flour. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Carefully, stir in remaining flour until smooth. Cover and let rise until double, 30-60 minutes. After the dough has risen, turn dough onto floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour. Gently roll dough 1/2-inch thick with floured rolling pin. It will be very sticky so be sure to use lots of flour!
Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes. This is a good time to make up the glaze because it can sit at room temp until the donuts are fried and ready to be dipped. Melt the butter and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour in the evaporated milk and mix well, then set aside. Use a deep pan to heat the oil. Carefully place the donuts in the oil. Cook on each side for about one minute. Use chopsticks to flip the donuts and remove them from the oil. Place donuts on a rack or paper bags or paper towels to drain. Dip the glorious donuts in the glaze and set them on a rack to dry. Delicious dunked in hot chocolate, smothered in ice cream and chocolate or simply on their own. ENJOY!!!

Photo credit: Femme Run

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