Sunday, 21 June 2009
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
So like Oreo cookies and Hershey's chocolate, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are one of those American items that seem to have acquired cult status due to the fact that they used to be unattainable here and therefore were instantly covetable. However, as is often the way with such things, on actually trying them you wonder what all the fuss is about. Oreos are essentially a sweetened bourbon cream biscuit, and most Hershey's chocolate is verging on the unpleasant.
But I got to try my first Krispy Kreme doughnut yesterday and have to say I was quite impressed. It seems that the company is opening more and more branches across the UK, although most seem to be based in London. The one in Harrods seems to have attracted quite a lot of attention, but for some reason I was unaware that there was also a small kiosk in the Tesco Metro by Liverpool Street Station.
I tried the caramel dreamcake and the chocolate dreamcake (pictured below).
Both these doughnuts had a light, crisp exterior with an inside that was soft but not overly dense. They were filled with either thick caramel or chocolate fudge and iced with chocolate. I would assume that with the amount of sugar these doughnuts must contain, they would be at risk of being sickly sweet but in fact they weren't at all. In fact I think I have to admit that in the case of Krispy Kreme doughnuts they might in fact live up to the hype. Unlike most British glazed doughnuts which seem more akin to a bread roll covered in sugar icing, these were airy and light and very moreish. It's probably really a good thing that my nearest branch is a hundred miles away.
Cost: Depends on the variety but c.£1.20 each on average.
I rate them 8/10.