The Great Donut Debate

Dunkin Donuts v Krispy KremeI’ve learned to like quite a few things since moving to the South:

Sweet Tea

Crabs (and most Seafood)


Pecan Pie


Pit Barbecue

Fried Green Tomatoes

Bojangles’ Chicken

However, one so-called “treat” remains  for which I have no taste:

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Advocates of the chain* claim things like

krispy kreme hot sign• Krispy Kreme taste more fresh and a lighter doughnut especially when hot

• Krispy Kreme . . . melt in your mouth

• Krispy Kreme for freshness

• KK donuts are light and airy

• I prefer the light fluffy doughnuts of KK

• Krispy Kreme is better when I consider it from the diabetic standpoint: the donuts are made with less dough and come in around 26 carbs apiece . . . I go for Krispy Kreme if I’m looking for something that won’t really spike my sugar.

* I gained these responses by asking an open question on my Facebook page.

I, however, dislike Krispy Kreme to the point that I will not give any of my hard-earned money to the franchise.

When someone visits from out-of-region, a trip to Krispy Kreme is inevitable.

On the occasions when I am forced to discuss Krispy Kreme, I loudly voice my negative opinion.

However, if someone were to spend their own cash and provide Krispy Kreme, I will – of course – parake.

No need to be rude, now is there?

By this point, you’ve probably deduced that I endorse the best [American] doughnut chain, Dunkin Donuts.

Obviously, Tim Hortons is the absolute best, but they’re decidedly rare in the U.S.

The evidence for Dunkin’s superiority is right there in the word donut – or, more accurately, doughnut.

Look again at the testimonials for Krispy Kreme and you see a running theme: light, airy, and fluffy.

No mention of cake or dough to be found.

Krispy Kreme “doughnuts” are little clouds of sugar and hot air bearing more resemblance to cotton candy than anything else.

Dunkin’ Donuts, on the other hand, is exactly, what a doughnut should be:

cakeydunkin donuts electric sign

a bit dense



decidedly not sickeningly sweet

Detractors of DD claim that their wares are



lack filling

Emphatically, they are wrong – especially about the filling.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ filled varieties exceed capacity; you’ll need a napkin or two per donut and still have enough filling to be satisfied.

For the record:

Boston Kreme is the best filled variety
Blueberry Cake is the best cake doughnut

I’m not alone in my assessment; other responders to my query stated

• Dunkin Donuts have substance [and] excellent cake . . . and creme filledI

• If I’m looking for a REAL donut, I’ll take Dunkin Donuts’ creme-filled types first and foremost

If these testimonials aren’t enough to sway you, consider Krispy Kreme’s sad attempt to buy your love.

Sure, they claim it’s in celebration of their birthday, but those of us who are enlightened in the ways of fried dough delicacies know the truth.

Look, I understand there’s no accounting for taste, but what can’t people just have the right taste?

If I haven’t scared you off, tell me your favorite chain / variety in the comments!



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11 thoughts on “The Great Donut Debate

  1. I’m not sure in what part of North Carolina you live, but I recommend trying Duck Donuts, which originally started in the Outer Banks, but now has several locations in the state as well as in Virginia and I believe New Jersey. I think their donut is the perfect blend between light and dense. I don’t know how to explain it, but it is THE BEST.

    I have to admit I’m true to my southern roots and prefer Krispy Kreme to Dunkin, but I do love a good box of munchkins.

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  2. I’m with you. There was so much hype about KK. They advertised their soon to open donut place for month. Those who came from the KK stomping grounds weeped in anxiety while waiting – withdrawal, they said.
    Then it opened. What a disappointment. After all the hype and pent up curiosity, they seemed to have disappeared from awareness.
    I vote for Shipley’s Donuts, then Dunkin. Both have stores near here. Shipley’s tend to be older having been here a long time. The newest Dunkins is in a great location for drive-thru moms’ carpools/commuters but they seem to be pushing their coffee more than the donuts….lots of free – free-free stuff. At least they put their patio on the right side to avoid the blazing afternoon sun – may be a good spot for fall and winter. Contest on!

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    1. For drive through coffee, I like Dunkin the best too. In these parts, they also have the best drive-through sweet tea; they really should advertise it more (especially since it’s the same size as their competitors and costs about 15 cents less).

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      1. I’ll never forget once when a had a lovely young British author with me (here for a meeting with big library system collection librarians/customers) and we stopped at a Dunkin to sit until time to show up. She asked for tea and they handed her a huge cup of iced sweet tea – she looked totally baffled. I had to explain here it’s hot and few drink a cup of hot tea in the morning)

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  3. Once at a Krispy Kreme in NC, I ordered in the same voice and speed I do in the DD here in Jersey. The woman behind the counter gave me a long, disappointed look. “Honey,” she said, “you’ve gonna have to say that a whole lot slower.”

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