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.

REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Original Filled Coffee Kreme Doughnut

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Coffee Kreme Doughnut

What is the Krispy Kreme Original Filled Coffee Kreme Doughnut?

In my world, every day is National Coffee Day.

But according to the internet, it’s September 29, and according to Krispy Kreme it means it’s time for another filled doughnut. Coffee and doughnuts are a match made in heaven and Krispy Kreme takes that simple effective flavor pairing and applies it to its new Original Filled Coffee Kreme Doughnut, which is an Original Glazed filled with coffee Kreme.

How is it?

It’s hard to go wrong with this iconic duo, and KK has pretty much nailed it as far as execution goes. The Original Glazed is soft and pillowy with a crisp exterior and sweet vanilla-ish finish. The Kreme inside has plenty of bitter coffee flavor, but the Kreme’s sweet base mellows it. It’s got the wonderful sticky texture reminiscent of a Hostess product with a taste that reminds me a lot of a latte. There’s a solid coffee foundation and smooth milkiness that ties it all together.

Is there anything else you need to know?

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Coffee Kreme Doughnut Kreme

Despite what the picture may look like, there was filling throughout except for that one cross-section I happened to cut at, so like most of my KK experiences the quality was on point.

Conclusion:

Krispy Kreme’s Original Filled Coffee Kreme Doughnut is not a mind-blowing creation like almost anything that involves the chain teaming up with Reese’s. It’s also a tad below the Original and Chocolate Filled Doughnuts. But it’s a damn fine execution of one of the most legendary pairings of all-time.

Purchased Price: $1.09
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 280 calories, 15 grams of total fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of total carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 25 grams of sugars, and 3 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut

What is the Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut?

Another two weeks go by and another filled doughnut has arrived. I could get used to this consistency from Krispy Kreme. To kick off the relentless (and glorious) season of the pumpkin spice, KK has blessed us with a Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut filled with Cheesecake Kreme.

How is it?

As I noted in my 2017 review of the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed, there isn’t a ton of true pumpkin flavor going on here, in fact, there’s barely any at all. But there is a ton spice, and even more so than I remember from the past.

The strongest flavors that jump out are nutmeg and ginger, followed closely by cinnamon. It’s an aggressive but respectable amount of spice that lets you know the season of the witch has arrived and the days of strawberries and elongated sunsets are in the rearview mirror.

The Cheesecake Kreme has the texture of custard as opposed to the usual Twinkie-esque KK aesthetic, and it holds its own against the dominant spice of the fried dough. It has an interesting lemon flavor to it that is more subdued than in the standalone NY Cheesecake doughnut but is still noticeable. The lemony-ness does well to add the expected tang you want from cheesecake. While I wish it was a bit more like cream cheese and less citrus-y, I do enjoy it and it helps get across the richness of a dense autumn cheesecake.

Is there anything else you should know?

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut KREEEEME

I have excellent luck with my local Krispy Kreme, and this one was absolutely loaded with filling. There wasn’t a dry spot in sight, and its intense filling-to-cake ratio replicated cheesecake better than I had hoped or expected.

Conclusion:

If spicy and fall-scented with a nice hit of decadence is what you’re looking for to kick off the pumpkin season, then you’ll want to make it to Krispy Kreme for this.

Purchased Price: $1.89
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Not available on website.

REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Reese’s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Reese s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts

What are Krispy Kreme Reese’s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts?

Filled Doughnuts are the new wave for Krispy Kreme. As soon as it rolled out the technology, it simply couldn’t stop, and I gotta say I’m hella here for it.

For its newest iteration of the doughnut, the chain has taken the flavors of Reese’s re-released Peanut Butter Lover’s and Chocolate Lover’s Cups and put its own Original Filled spin on them.

The Chocolate Lover’s version is a chocolate Original Glazed doughnut filled with Reese’s Peanut Butter Kreme, dipped in chocolate fudge icing and decorated with a Reese’s peanut butter icing drizzle. The Peanut Butter Lover’s is a chocolate Original Glazed doughnut filled with Chocolate Peanut Butter Kreme, dipped in Reese’s peanut butter icing and decorated with a chocolate icing drizzle.

How are they?

Krispy Kreme Reese s Peanut Butter Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Reese s Chocolate Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts

It should come as no surprise as someone who loves all things Reese’s and has an affinity for Krispy Kreme that I absolutely adore these.

KK has a good track record with its Peanut Butter Kreme, and the execution here is flawless. The chocolate base provides a solid foundation that, when combined with the peanut butter overtones, it keeps the doughnut from becoming too sweet. Don’t get it twisted, these are doughnuts dipped in glaze, so they’re sweet. But the fatty saltiness from the PB provides a great balance that’s addictive perfection.

Is there anything else you need to know?

There’s an interesting turn to all of this, and I think the names of the doughnuts should be reversed. The Peanut Butter Lover’s tastes less peanut buttery than the Chocolate Lover’s.

The PB Lover’s is filled with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Kreme, which is delicious and new for KK, but has a more cocoa-forward flavor than the straight PB Kreme, with a rich frosting texture. Even with the PB icing on top the chocolate takes over and really leads the flavor much more so than it does in the PB Lover’s which is iced with chocolate. If the Kreme were swapped, then we would have a TRULY indulgent PB experience in one, and a more muted but still peanut buttery flavored one with the Chocolate Lover’s.

Conclusion:

Krispy Kreme Reese s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts Box

The names of the doughnuts are confusing, but all you need to know is they are insanely smash worthy and provide different flavor profiles despite their similar ingredients. Plus, this is the first time I can remember that Krispy Kreme made new and unique packaging just for a doughnut release. So you know they’re special, and you know you need them both.

Purchased Price: $1.89
Size: N/A
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Reese’s Original Filled Chocolate Lovers Doughnut – 330 calories, 17 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 27 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. Reese’s Original Filled Peanut Butter Lovers Doughnut – 340 calories, 18 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 27 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut

What is the Krispy Kreme Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut?

Building off of the success of the Original Filled Doughnuts, Krispy Kreme quickly introduced a vibrantly colored twist to celebrate its 82nd birthday — an Original Glazed filled with birthday cake batter, topped with strawberry icing, and garnished with psychedelic sprinkles. Party hat not included.

How is it?

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut 2

Krispy Kreme’s birthday cake batter is second only to its Original Kreme filling, and quite frankly it might be tied for first. I was elated when I heard it was filling its OG with this beautiful concoction, and as usual with KK there’s plenty of it stuffed inside the humbly-sized doughnut. Unfortunately, the strawberry icing is so overpowering that I can hardly taste the filling, and it’s only distinguishable by its slight custard-y texture among the various layers of sweetness.

Speaking of sweetness, this doughnut is absurdly sweet. If you’re familiar with the Original Glazed you know it’s sugary, but the gentle yeast flavor still manages to poke its way through the layers of sweetness. That’s not the case here with the aggressive flavor of artificial strawberry taking over everything in sight. Glaze + batter + strawberry = too much.

Is there anything else you need to know?

I guess it should come as no surprise that a single doughnut clocks in at 39 grams of sugar because that’s damn near all I can taste. With the Original Filled Doughnuts, I had feared that they might be too sweet, but they didn’t go overboard. However, with the Birthday Batter version, KK tried to “have its cake and eat it too” and created a bit of misguided monster in the process.

Conclusion:

This doughnut looks incredible. The two-toned sprinkle explosion with pink-on-tan contrast and squiggle drizzle is stunning, but this birthday treat is all looks and no balance, with the end result being a rush for some water and a pending tummy-ache.

Purchased Price: $1.89
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts:: 350 calories, 15 grams of total fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 54 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 39 grams of sugars, and 3 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Original Filled Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Doughnuts

What are Krispy Kreme Original Filled Doughnuts?

Krispy Kreme’s iconic Original Glazed Doughnut FILLED for the first time ever with either classic White or Chocolate Kreme.

How are they?

I love the Krispy Kreme Original Glazed, so I went into this with pretty high expectations, and I’m happy to report that those expectations were met.

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Doughnuts White

Most people with common sense and taste buds keen on sugary splendor understand the simplistic power of the light and airy Original Glazed, and all of that precision is on display with this new iteration. KK’s Kreme filling is another one of my favorite offerings from them so if you combine it with its already established OG it’s downright sweet deliciousness.

I akin the White Kreme filling to a slightly fancier version of the white stuff you’ll find inside of a Twinkie, but what’s on the outside is much more refined so the Kreme is even more welcomed in the oddest of trashy perfection. There’s a slight vanilla note to the filling but it’s mostly sweet with a creamy squishy texture that’s awesome against the subtle crack of the hardened glaze.

Krispy Kreme Original Filled Doughnuts Chocolate

The Chocolate Kreme version is equally good, with a bit more contrast that edges towards dominance over the gentler flavor of the glaze. The filling tastes a lot like jarred cake frosting, and I love it. Only a hint of bitterness makes its way through and I’m reminded of some kind of inside out cupcake that bursts with an absolutely satisfactory amount of chocolaty bliss.

Is there anything else you should know?

It’s hard to say how these could be much improved. Maybe a touch of crunch on top to a give a bit more of a textural pop? I hope that this is just the beginning of the OG filled saga that finds its way to peanut butter and caramel and lemon and quite frankly any creamy filling Krispy Kreme wants to bless us with.

Conclusion:

These are terrific. Bursting with filling, topped with a cute little drizzle squiggle, and absolutely on par with the quality I’ve come to expect from Krispy Kreme.

Purchased Price: $1.89 (each)
Size: One doughnut
Purchased at: Krispy Kreme
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Original – 280 calories, 15 grams of total fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Chocolate – 280 calories, 15 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.