Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Review

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The overall favorite on the strength of two standouts -- glazed and jelly-filled -- Krispy Kreme doughnuts wowed tasters with, respectively, a soft and fluffy texture and an authentic taste. Reviewers thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate and iced/sprinkled samples, as well.

During our Krispy Kreme review with a panel of tasters, this doughnut purveyor was acclaimed overall best in show. The Original Glazed -- the doughnut that started it all -- garnered seven out of 10 votes, beating entries by Dunkin' Donuts, Tim Hortons, and Entenmann's. Testers declared the glazed doughnut to be "light, fluffy, and delicious" with the "perfect amount of thick glaze." The jelly doughnut scored a landslide win on the strength of comments like "perfect light dough with a good raspberry-flavor jelly." Our panelists offered nary a critique about the four varieties sampled (additionally, sprinkled and chocolate).

This enthusiasm is echoed in Krispy Kreme reviews at Yelp, where consumers write about becoming addicted to the "transcendental" original even as others extol the virtues of the rest of the lineup, including chocolate iced with sprinkles. One dissent in the swooning crowd of Krispy Kreme reviews at TripAdvisor simply declares they're so sweet and gooey that they hurt his jaw.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts (available on Amazon) are the priciest on our list. The Original Glazed falls just under our $1 price ceiling while the jelly doughnuts cost $1.09 each. Our order of one dozen doughnuts totaled $8.49. In terms of nutrition, the Original Glazed weighs in at 190 calories and 11 grams of fat, while the jelly doughnut hit 340 calories and 21 grams of fat.

The oldest doughnut chain among those we reviewed, Krispy Kreme opened its first store in 1937 and today operates roughly 1,000 outlets worldwide. It makes 40 kinds of doughnuts (along with a few limited-time options), as well as a small selection of breakfast items (e.g., bagels and oatmeal), ice cream cones, sundaes, and milkshakes. A good chunk of the menu is devoted to beverages: more than 30 types of coffee and coffee drinks and 10 different blended frozen drinks called Chillers. Krispy Kreme-brand doughnuts, pies, honey buns, and coffee are available in some grocery stores around the country.

A good doughnut is a sweet treat worthy of the occasional indulgence. If you're willing to spend a few pennies more, our tasters have declared Krispy Kreme is the way to go.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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