REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers and Bites

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What are Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers and Bites?

Krispy Kreme was top of everyone’s minds a few years ago, with devotees swearing by their pillowy soft Glazed Original (which happened to coincide with the company’s IPO, hmmmm…).

The hype has diminished since, but Krispy Kreme remains a force in the world of chain doughnut shops and a stalwart presence on market shelves. Its latest offering is a variety of Mini Crullers and Bites, with the promise of more limited time offerings in the future.

How are they?

Original Glazed Mini Crullers

Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Mini Crullers

Krispy Kreme seems to be trying to replicate a French Cruller, which is usually the same dough as an eclair (Pâte à Choux, for you fancy lads and ladies). A real French Cruller is very light, with a distinct chewiness.

These seem more like a light cake doughnut piped into a cruller shape. The texture is far from fresh, though that’s par-for-the-course in mass-produced grocery store pastries. If I close my eyes, I can pretend these are day-olds instead of I-have-no-earthly-idea-maybe-last-month?-olds, which can’t be said for every doughnut on store shelves.

It should be said that Krispy Kreme has offered bags of Mini Crullers in stores for a while now, so I’m uncertain what’s new about these. Most promotional photos depict individual packs of two crullers, but all the boxes of Mini Crullers I purchased held a single large bag.

Purchased Price: $3.88
Size: 12 oz box
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 crullers) 250 calories, 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar including 17 grams added sugars, and 2 grams of protein.

Blueberry Mini Crullers

Krispy Kreme Blueberry Mini Crullers

This tastes exactly like every mass-produced blueberry pastry I’ve ever had. It’s the same sweetened, fried dough with blueberries (courtesy of the “blueberry flavored bits” no doubt) that I’ve tasted a hundred times before. You can’t go wrong with that combination, but I’m left unconvinced that these offer anything unique.

The assets and liabilities of this product line begin to come into focus here. Barring catastrophe, they’re going to be tasty, but I don’t know if any will be standouts.

Purchased Price: $3.88
Size: 12 oz box
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10

Nutrition Facts: (2 crullers) 260 calories, 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar including 18 grams of added sugars, and 2 gram of protein.

Limited Time Lemon Mini Crullers

Krispy Kreme Limited Time Lemon Mini Crullers

Lemon pastries can sometimes be overly lemony, but these are pleasingly mild. There’s an essence of lemon suffusing the cake that allows me to appreciate the flavor without feeling like I’m being sprayed in the face with Lysol. The lack of poppyseeds makes me realize that I have no idea what purpose they have ever served in pastries. Have we all been duped? Are poppyseeds a lie?

Purchased Price: $3.88
Size: 12 oz box

Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10

Nutrition Facts: (2 crullers) 260 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 200 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar including 18 grams added sugars, and 2 gram of protein.

Original Glazed Bites

Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Bites

The Glazed Bites are very similar to the Crullers. The crumb may be slightly denser, but the oil has infiltrated to a comparable degree. The actual texture similarly middling, so the super sweet Krispy Kreme glaze is doing a lot of work to cover for a product that is better than the pack of gas station Donettes, but doesn’t offer much more.

Purchased Price: $3.97
Size: 8 oz box/5 pouches
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10

Nutrition Facts: (4 Bites) 210 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 200 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar including 11 grams of added sugars, and 2 grams of protein.

Chocolate Bites

Krispy Kreme Chocolate Bites

Take an Original Bite, add cocoa powder, and you have a Chocolate Bite. It’s good. If there’s a problem, it’s that I’m made to think of a brownie bite, which begs comparison to Little Debbie’s Cosmic Brownies — greatest of all grocery snack items. So, for those keeping score — Pro: tastes good. Con: not as good as a completely unrelated product.

Purchased Price: $3.97
Size: 8 oz box/5 pouches

Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10

Nutrition Facts: (4 Bites) 190 calories, 10 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar including 12 grams of added sugars, and 3 grams of protein.

Apple Cinnamon Bites

Krispy Kreme Apple Cinnamon Bites

The spiced apple flavor is surprisingly robust considering how subtle the other flavored varieties have been. It’s very spice-forward, with apple flavor following. In a collection of products that have yet to offer a standout entry, these rise above the others.

Purchased Price: $3.97
Size: 8 oz box/5 pouches
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10

Nutrition Facts: (4 Bites) 220 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar including 12 grams added sugars, and 2 grams of protein.

Limited Time Strawberry Bites

Krispy Kreme Limited Time Strawberry Bites

You know how I applauded the Lemon Crullers for not over knocking me over with lemon flavor? These are like those, except this time, I want to be knocked over! Yes, I’m a mercurial guy when it comes to food. Strawberry flavor is something that can take center stage, but these have the same understated fruit essence. That’s not a problem, but I’m left wanting more.

Purchased Price: $3.97
Size: 8 oz box/5 pouches
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10

Nutrition Facts: (4 Bites) 220 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar including 11g added sugars, and 2 grams of protein.

Anything else you need to know?

It’s been said that the peak doughnut experience is a warm Krispy Kreme fresh out of the fryer, which is only briefly available while a location’s “Hot Light” is on. I must admit I’m a bit resentful that the nearest Krispy Kreme is almost two hours from me. No, not because I’m unwilling to drive two hours and then stalk a Krispy Kreme, but because I am. It’s only a matter of time. Who wants that kind of knowledge about themselves?

But until that fateful day, a lifetime of nuking grocery store pastries tells me that these will be well served by 20 seconds in the microwave. The heat elevates the aroma, the glaze melts slightly, and the crumb softens. The Crullers become so delicate as to fall apart, though the Bites remain easily handled. 10 out of 10 would microwave again.

Conclusion:

Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers and Bites Closeup

I’m not sure the Krispy Kreme products on grocery shelves ever lived up to the hype (pilgrimage to my “local” shop pending). Is there really much of a difference between A Krispy Kreme Glazed Original and Dunkin’s, or Kwik Trip’s Glazers? Perhaps if they’re hot (grumble…)? These Crullers and Bites continue the Krispy Kreme tradition of maybe being better than the competition, but not outstanding.

6 thoughts to “REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers and Bites”

  1. I’ve come to the conclusion that any Krispy Kreme product is basically the sugar-flavored equivalent of the closest Hostess product. Except these. These are just wrinkly donuts. So what I got was sugar-flavored blueberry wrinkly donuts, and sugar-flavored lemon wrinkly donuts. Except the ones in the bottom 1/4 of each box. Those were smashed sugar-flavored blueberry wrinkly donuts and smashed sugar-flavored lemon wrinkly donuts. They were a little too moist, and a lot too not-cruller-like. And they could probably dial down the sugar and nobody past kindergarten would mind.

  2. When it comes to fried sugary dough, Krispy Kreme crullers do it for me, fresh out of the fryer or re-heated in the microwave. My eyes roll back in my head–I am not very discerning.

  3. I find it kinda deceptive that the various bakery cartons here incorporate lively photos of fresh blueberries, lemons, apples and strawberries…however it appears that the products themselves are instead flavored “with other flavors”.

  4. i was expecting to be disappointed by the crullers and i was right. much like a popover, the texture just cannot be packaged and remain stable and fresh. bummer

    1. No, they’re just cruller-shaped traditional donuts. It’s like biting into a croissant only to find it’s just regular sandwich loaf bread inside. Their problem starts with the recipe, not the packaging. The irony is that, while they aren’t true crullers either, Krispy Kreme’s existing line of bagged crullers are much better than these new boxed crullers. I think the only reason for the new packaging is that the bagged crullers are only sold from a dedicated Krispy Kreme island display, while the boxes are mixed with the Little Debbie and Hostess snack cakes. So this is something they can market to more chains, where I think I only see the bagged crullers at Kroger.

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