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Krispy Kreme is pretty damn good [Review]

Mix together flour, egg, milk, sugar, oil, and then fry it. What do you have? A doughnut. It’s a simple confectionary and one that many companies have built empires on. Krispy Kreme is a doughnut juggernaut in the United States that made its way to South African shores. Should you give them a chance to stick to the local baker?

Krispy Kreme in South Africa

The first South African Krispy Kreme store opened in Rosebank, Johannesburg on the 25th of November, 2015. It has taken four years for the company to really spread throughout the country.

In September this year, Krispy Kreme opened its first branch in Cape Town. Located in the V&A Waterfront, quite a few people camped out overnight to be the first to try the doughnuts (don’t do this for food, seriously). Besides being quite a boring destination, the V&A is also a trek for most residents CT.

Thankfully, Krispy Kreme has expanded its reach by offering its products at a number of Engen petrol stations (and some Pick ‘n Pay stores in other provinces). I am curious if Checkers or Spar will partner with a big-name US brand for the same sort of deal.

As a side note, in February 2019, Grand Parade Investments announced it would be shutting down operations of Dunkin Donuts in South Africa.

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Three different boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Is it any good?

Last week, I stopped at my local Engen garage to grab a few boxes of Krispy Kreme (for research purposes.). I’m not really a doughnut guy, but I was looking forward to trying something that (hopefully) wasn’t Dunkin Donuts’ awful cake batter monstrosities.

Original Glazed 3’s Box (R31.90):

  • The Original Glazed – The standard, signature doughnut, which was quite good. It was sweeter than what you’d find at Pick ‘n Pay.

Assorted 3’s Box (R39.90):

  • Sugar Coated – This was similar to the glazed in taste, but with even more sugar.
  • Bar One – Delicious. The chocolate topping was gorgeous and I wished there were more of these.
  • Coconut – I will confess that I never ate the is one. I absolutely hate coconut and refuse to touch the stuff (thank my sisters for constantly making coconut ice when we were kids). I’m sorry.

Gourmet 3’s Box (R48.90):

  • NY Cheesecake – I absolutely loved the NY Cheesecake. The top is covered in Graham Crackers and a cheesecake drizzle. The inside is filled with a lemon-tasting cheesecake concoction that compliments the topping.
  • Nutella and Hazelnut – A glazed doughnut dipped in Nutella and nuts. I mean, what more could you really want from this delicious masterpiece?
  • Red Velvet – This was the sweetest out of all of the Krispy Kreme treats I tried, and the only one I couldn’t finish on my own. It was red sugar topped with a sugary substance that was sugar, sugar, sugar (if that makes sense).

Was it worth the cash?

Yes, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are worth the asking price. I mean, they’re not a traditional baker’s dozen, but they’re not overly expensive, either. If you have the chance, grab a box or three.

Each of the new satellite branches/stalls only received a limited amount of stock per day.

Edit 2019-11-26: Expanded content.

About Graham van der Made

Graham loves hamburgers, pizza, and sushi. It's love for food that first sparked the idea for this website. He's also a geek and writer.

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