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Apr 13, 2011 06:35 AM

Krispy Kreme...still number one with me.

Maybe it's because I grew up in the state where Krispy Kreme was started, but these donuts are not only visually appealing but also please the pallet. I'm not a big donut fan, and I usually try and eat pretty healthy. But Krispy Kreme donuts are a weakness that can make even me turn my back on healthy alternatives and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth sensation of their glazed donut. Sometimes I will splurge and enjoy a chocolate covered sprinkles glazed donut. Yummmmm.....

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  1. You might be a minority given the fact that most locations went out of business rather quickly. They were a fad and when the people realized how sickeningly sweet the donuts were.....that's all it took.

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    1. re: mucho gordo

      That is not entirely true or fair. KK over expanded into markets that were not a good match. In those markets, they quickly went out of business. They've been in the Southeast for nearly 75 years, and are still doing quite well in their home region. Definitely not just a fad.

      1. re: mpjmph

        It's the only donut I'll eat and since there's not one anywhere near me I don't have the temptation. Grew up in Atlanta and the Boy Scouts would sell boxes of them at traffic lights. But the best is going to their shop and get them right off the molten sugar conveyor belt. BTW, I'm a rabid non-sweets liker. But KKs are great. Oh, and always two and then I feel really, really sick. Don't know why that is. Fried bread coated with sugar. Gee whiz :)

        1. re: c oliver

          I used to get to 2 1/2 or 3 and my teeth would hurt and I would feel very sick to my stomach. The first 2 go down soooo easy though!

          1. re: joe777cool

            I've referred to them (affectionalately) as "gut bombs." But every five years or so I have to have one.

        2. re: mpjmph

          They also had the incredible misfortune of attempting an overzealous expansion plan just in time for the low-carb craze to hit.

          Their growth plans were as much victim of external forces as internal miscalculations.

          They ARE the best donuts around, IMO, but only if they're still warm. My son learned at an early age what "HOT DOUGHNUTS NOW" spelled!

        3. re: mucho gordo

          I live in Japan, and the Krispy Kremes here are hugely popular - I mean lines stretching out the front door, security guards hired to control the crowds, etc.
          So they didn't fail in every market.

          1. re: Japanecdote

            It was that way here, too, in the beginning. Then they fell apart.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              The brand has been here for 5 years, still going strong.

        4. I totally agree. Theres a KK just up the street from my apartment. getting a warm, glazed donut is just heaven in your mouth IMO.

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          1. re: AdamRichmanJr

            yes ...they have to be hot and fresh......
            just getting them at publix is ok...
            but they r best when the big red sign is on...

            just too bad the nearest store is about 2 hours away...

            1. re: srsone

              If you microwave a boxed KK for about 8 seconds, you will get something that is *almost* like a HOT and definitely better than when it came out of the box.

              1. re: rockycat

                yes..thats what i do with the ones from publix...
                but if i see the red sign on...i will stop....

          2. As a resident of the state that brought you Dunkin Donuts, I was eager to try my first Krispy Kreme in the midwest a few years back. Way too sweet, almost sickeningly so. They also had atrocious coffee. People outside of Mass often wonder why DD has such a rabid following here. It's the coffee. I'm not a fan of it personally, too weak for me, but I'd rather drink it every day that drink what I was served at KK posing as coffee. All the KK's are closed in Mass now. I think it's because the coffee was so bad. People here go to DD to get coffee, and then they might buy a few donuts as well while they are there. People go to KK for the donuts. New Englanders weren't used to that paradigm.

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            1. re: kimfair1

              Grew up in CT. Always loved bess eaton, dunkin and mr. donut.
              Never liked KK. To sweet and chewy.

              1. re: AdamD

                i grew up in CT also...
                i like them all...
                not that i eat them every day..
                but the fresh hot glazed KK are a good donut..
                and i do get DD here but i havent lived in CT in a long time...
                so its DD for fresh occasionally..
                and KK from the grocery store ..
                or some of the localdonut shops.. here in town

                1. re: AdamD

                  I'm another CT yankee who loved Bess Eaton and DD. I don't remember Mr. Donut; maybe they weren't around until after I left in '61.

                2. re: kimfair1

                  I agree on the coffee....but oddly enough, they have really good ice tea....

                  1. re: kimfair1

                    totally agree about the coffee. I grew up in CT & loved DD. When we moved to Kentucky, I learned how wonderful a hot KK donut could be, but the coffee was awful. During the years I lived there, I ate many donuts but couldn't stomach the coffee. I'd get hot chocolate instead. After moving to Long Island, a KK opened there & my kids loved the donuts. The store closed after a fairly short time. Now back in New England, it is DD for coffee on the go & occasional donuts. I can't do the super-sweet anymore, so an old-fashioned donut is just fine for me now.

                  2. My problem with KK is that I can eat too many of them. I love them but they just seem to disolve in my mouth so I can shove another one in. :)

                    1. So, all this talk gave me a craving. Since there aren't any stores nearby, what would be the best option in terms of a boxed one from a store?

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                      1. re: ediblover

                        like rockycat described above....
                        i usually find them at publix around here....
                        but some of the gas stations have them as well