Summer time and the livin’s easy – especially when you work from home like I have been for the last year. Donuts hands down are one of my favorite baked goods. Do you have a go-to flavor? Mine is definitely maple anything despite the impending heartburn that it always gives me. Sometimes pleasure is totally worth the pain… and the Tums.
I grew up on Winchell’s donuts and a tiny little shop near my house owned by the sweetest Asian couple. Later when I moved north, the mall I started working at had a small donut counter in the food court and a bag of donut holes became my regular splurge. Down the street from my current digs, there is a 24 hour shop that makes some super tasty pink sprinkled cake donuts, best enjoyed at 2 am, tucked into a booth watching the tweakers outside. Okay, so I said I liked maple, but truthfully, I don’t know if I have met a donut I didn’t like. Wait I take that back, plain cake donuts. Those can stay home.
Krispy Kreme never really entered my life until I was an adult. My first experience was when I was working in another town, filling in as the store manager and I hit the drive thru on my way home, treating myself to a box of hot and fresh golden glazed rings. I finally understood the hype. Warm, airy dough, coated in the perfect amount of translucent glaze. It wasn’t until I moved to Sacramento that I had regular access to Krispy Kreme.
I saw these on the shelf along with a few other new Krispy Kreme offerings, although Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers are not new. Typically you will find them in bags with a window in them tempting you with seasonal/limited time flavors such as birthday cake, pumpkin spice, ginger bread, and strawberry to name a few. The research that I have done online for these particular boxed donuts shows that they contain bags inside that hold 2 donuts each, though my box was one big bag of a whole bunch of friends jammed together – maybe this has since changed since I picked these up?
When I think crueller, I think of the super airy, light, barely there donut that completely collapses the moment you take a bite of it, but the Krispy Kreme version is hardly that. If you have had their sour cream donuts, these are much more akin to that than their French counterparts. I found these particular donuts to be SO moist that I wished I had a glass of milk to wash it down. The lemon flavoring did not feel overly artificial to me, though the glaze and donut are very sweet. One of these is plenty for me when it comes to sweets, which I feel like says a lot since I am a eat-sugar-straight-from-the-jar sweets person. Am I going soft in my old age? Are my teeth subconsciously speaking to me saying “Erin, we literally have no more room left for fillings, please, stop.” Using the universal measurement unit of a Bagel Bite, these are about the size of one of those.
With no way to seal the bag inside – if you happen to get the version I did, I strongly advise that you put them in a ziplock or something of the sort as rolling the bag up like a bag of chips will not due. While not terrible, these are not best stale. These took me a while to eat, because honestly, despite my love of donuts, they aren’t an every day thing for me. If you like moist cake donuts, these are something you would probably enjoy. The lemon are a limited edition so if you are interested in trying them, hit the store right now to get your paws on them. Oh and grab yourself some milk too.. or milk substitute, you’ll need it.
Found at Walmart