REVIEW: Klondike Donuts

Klondike Donuts

Klondike Donuts would’ve been more impressive looking if they had the standard round shape of the fried treat instead of appearing like the food love child of a Dunkin’ donut and Wendy’s beef patty.

The line of frozen novelties come in three donut-inspired flavors — Boston Cream, Frosted Strawberry, and Triple Chocolate.

Klondike Donuts Boston Cream Shell

According to the Klondike website, Boston Cream is filled with sweet egg custard swirls and the flavor of a Boston Cream Donut, and it has a milk chocolatey coating with white chocolatey drizzles.

Let’s state the obvious: Boston Cream Donuts don’t have holes in them. That, plus the square shape, makes it look as if Klondike took a lot of liberties with what donuts are.

Klondike Donuts Boston Cream Shell Interior

The frozen dairy dessert with egg custard swirls does remind me of the filling of a Boston Cream Donut, but not as sweet. But the milk chocolatey coating helps convince my taste buds that it, as a whole, is similar to the filled donut.

Of the three, this was my second favorite of the bunch.

Klondike Donuts Frosted Strawberry Shell

Frosted Strawberry is inspired by a strawberry jelly filled donut. It has strawberry frozen dairy dessert, a strawberry swirl, milk chocolate coating, rainbow sprinkles… Wait, there are? (Looks at one) Oh, there are, but they’re partially hidden in the coating. There’s also a white chocolatey drizzle.

Klondike Donuts Frosted Strawberry Interior

What’s great about a jelly filled donut is how the flavor is potent when a bite is taken and the fruity filling oozes or squirts out. But this treat lacked that level of fruitiness. The chocolate almost completely hides the strawberry frozen dairy dessert from my taste buds. But all the blame shouldn’t be put on the shell alone. When I tried the pink frozen dessert by itself, it was milder than the strawberry in any Neapolitan ice cream I’ve had.

This was my least favorite of the three.

Klondike Donuts Triple Chocolate Shell

Finally, there’s Triple Chocolate, which is the best of the bunch. According to Klondike, it has a chocolate cakey fried donut flavor with a dark chocolatey coating, dark crunch pieces, and a milk chocolatey drizzle.

Klondike Donuts Triple Chocolate Interior

I assumed the frozen dessert had the “chocolate cake fried donut flavor.” But after trying it, it turns out that the creamy filling is the least chocolatey tasting part of the bar. Much like the previous two, the creamy interior has a mild taste. Instead, the fried donut comes from the dark chocolatey coating, dark crunch pieces, or both. However, to get that donut-like flavor when eating the treat whole, I had to savor each bite to pick up on the nuances in the bar that separate it from a typical dipped chocolate ice cream bar.

Like all Klondike treats, the coating isn’t too thick. So biting into them will cause fissions throughout the rest of the chocolate. So my Public Service Announcement to you is to eat them over a plate, the wrapper they come in, or a bowl of ice cream that could use some toppings.

Klondike Donuts are perfectly fine frozen dairy dessert novelties, especially the Boston Cream and Triple Chocolate varieties, since their flavors do somewhat make me think of the round treat.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free samples from Klondike/Unilever. Doing so did not influence my review in any way.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 6-pack
Purchased at: Received from Klondike
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Boston Cream), 5 out of 10 (Frosted Strawberry), 8 out of 10 (Triple Chocolate)
Nutrition Facts: (1 bar) Boston Cream – 230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Frosted Strawberry – 230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Triple Chocolate – 210 calories, 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

11 thoughts to “REVIEW: Klondike Donuts”

  1. Maybe I’m just cynical, but when I see a product like this or Little Debbie brownies with the corners cut off so it can be a football or Easter egg my first thought is always, “So you’re giving me less product and charging me the same price? How convenient for you.”

    1. So it’s a regular square Klondike bar with typical ice cream faux flavors (although not enough milk to be called ice cream thus it is frozen dairy dessert) and a hole in the middle? *insert sarcastic tone here* Yes, that is exactly what a donut is.

  2. Hehe, I share your sentiment. And this product idea as a whole just seems dumb…they could have at least put doughnut pieces in the ice cream.

  3. I think it’s funny how Klondike adds a hole so people know it’s based on a Boston Cream donut, but Boston Cream donuts don’t have holes.

  4. Klondike figured a unique way of charging the same price for the Donut as a regular Klondike while giving you 12.5% less product.

  5. Completely agree with the other reviewers, this is a transparent attempt to sell less ice cream for the same price (in fact, you can see right through it–ha!). Check the weight of the product, it’s about 20% less than the original Klondike. And like you said, *it doesn’t even look like a donut*. They clearly decided to put a hole in the ice cream and then came up with a half-***ed justification for it.

    I bought the “Triple Chocolate” (accidentally, thought it was a normal Klondike) and it does not taste like a donut in any way. It tastes like standard chocolate ice cream with a chocolate coating. I didn’t notice the “chocolate crunch pieces” at all–either I got a bad batch that didn’t have them, or they just blended into the coating. Either way, a big disappointment from this brand that should be more respectful of their loyal customers.

  6. I think the hole is strictly for asthetics and going for the donut Vibe But like everyone else says it’s essentially cheating us out of some of the product. Now that we have spoken they should fill the hole in LOL as for the review on the strawberry donut it does say strawberry ICED donut which is totally different than a strawberry filled donut. I personally like the strawberry iced but do not like strawberry filled so. I think that they labeled or described it perfectly but the reviewer was too hung up on their own preference of a fruit filled donut. I am excited to try the Klondike Boston cream donut , just for a taste of if a Boston cream donut and a Klondike bar had a baby, here is the result. However if I want a real Boston cream donut, then I will just buy a donut. Just sayin.

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