Sherman's Food Adventures: Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme

When we didn't have a Krispy Kreme up here in the GVRD, Rich Guy and I would drive all the way to Burlington in Washington State for some donuts. That's right, we drove over 1 hour to grab donuts. We were either very committed or should be committed. Whatever the case, imagine the discussion we had with the border guard at customs. "Sir, do you have anything to declare?" "Yes I do". "What is the total amount you purchased?" "$80". "What did you purchase?" "Donuts". "Donuts???" "Yes, we like donuts". "Uh... have a nice day". We would do Krispy Kreme runs for all of our friends; thus the big purchase. I'm not sure if the border guard was confused or thought we were nuts or something. When Krispy Kreme first opened in North Delta, we lined up for over 1 hour for these donuts. In hindsight, I'm not sure why we were so insane. Could it be the hype? Although I don't mind eating Krispy Kremes, they are surely not my favourite. That is reserved for Top Pot and Voodoo.

Krispy Kremes have one thing going for them - they are not very heavy. It's easy to eat more than one of them because there is practically no substance to them. However, there is far too much glaze on them. They are so sweet, Jolly Ranchers have nothing on them. Personally, I can only eat one of them at a time. However, Miss Y can do at least 3 at a time. The original glazed is still by far the best donut they have at Krispy Kreme. For some reason, their other variations, including jelly-filled, cake and fritters are not as good. It's possibly that they are just too sweet? Whatever the case, I don't mind eating them occasionally because they are far different than any of the offerings they have in the GVRD.

The Good:
- Very light, you can eat more than one (not sure if you should)
- They're made fresh (even fresher before when they were more busy)
- Decent selection

The Bad:
- Far too sweet
- Other than the original glazed, their other donuts seem almost an afterthought
- Expensive

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12 comments:

KimHo said...

Last year, I went on a day trip to Seattle to meet a friend there (she was in Seattle visiting some friends there and seized an opportunity to meet her there). On my way back, I stopped at Popeye's and bought some fried chicken. Same thing happened at customs: "Do you have anything to declare?" "Does fried chicken count? :D"

holly said...

@Kimho,

You didn't buy donuts but chicken instead? That's funny. Did you also buy any biscuits? They're the best I have ever tasted from a fast food joint.

KimHo said...

Holly, that was after Krispy Kreme opened their location on this side of the border so I saw no reason to do that.

Yes, their biscuits are good, unfortunately, that one time neither the chicken nor the biscuits were good. However, I am willing to go there again. Too bad the Popeye's in Coquitlam closed down...

Sherman said...

I used to go to the Popeye's in Coquitlam. Yup, it's no more... I guess I should do a "Chicken Run"???

Chris said...

Without a Krispy Kreme around my neck of the woods, I've never pulled one hot off the line. It's funny that they make 'other' donuts, as every single box I've picked from, or has been brought back to Edmonton, only ever includes the original glaze.

On the Popeye's topic, the first time I arrived in Houston, I went out of my to sample Popeye's. No one understood my desire. Too bad it wasn't as good as I imagined...and nothing compared with Pollo Campero.

Sherman said...

Chris, you're not missing much with the assorted Krispy Kremes. Also, what is Pollo Campero?

KimHo said...

Pollo Campero is the Central American answer to KFC and, as you can guess, has expanded to other countries. They have at least one location in Panama (that was 7+ years ago; not that I checked last time I was there). Back then, I found them "OK", think a mix of A&W fried chicken and Church's fried chicken but less juicy.

Sherman said...

Thanks Kim. I still like LA Chicken but I guess whenever I'm in Central American, I'll give it a go.

KimHo said...

You don't have to go to Central America: They have locations in the US!

Sherman said...

Then I'm there!

Chris said...

I supposed spending time in Guatemala (where Pollo Campero) was established), I have soft spot. Coming in to the big town from the little village I lived in, meant a trip to Campero. I found when you lifted up the skin, there was a thin line of red (think smoke ring in BBQ) that added a wonderful flavour. I don't know what it was, but it was heavenly compared with KFC.

They've really pushed into other parts of the world. It must be one of the great Guatemalan success stories. So you can find it else where, I know the Chicago opening created lineups for days.

Sherman said...

It's too bad we're even talking about KFC because it's really awful. Overcooked chicken, salty batter (with MSG, not sure how it's considered a spice in their secret recipe), and mushy skin (since it's placed in a warming device) doesn't make for good food.