- Krispy Kreme and Butterfinger have released two limited-edition, candy-themed doughnut flavours.
- I went to the Krispy Kreme storefront in Manhattan to try both the Butterfinger Original Filled Doughnut and the Butterfinger Fudge Cake Doughnut.
- The doughnuts hit shelves on February 20 at select Krispy Kreme locations around the US and will be available for a limited time.
- At first glance, I thought the pastries would be overwhelmingly sweet. But after tasting both flavours, I found myself impressed by how tame they were.
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When I heard the news about the Krispy Kreme and Butterfinger collaboration, I hopped on the subway and made my way toward the doughnut shop.
There are only a few Krispy Kreme vendors in New York City, so this tasting required a bit of travelling on my end.
I made my way toward the Herald Square shop, which was selling the candy-covered doughnuts.
There was already a line of people inside the small shop waiting to order the peanut-buttery pastries.
It was a small storefront with just a counter and a case of doughnuts. There was nowhere to sit so all customers were taking their treats to go.
The Butterfinger doughnuts were front and centre in the case.
I was impressed with how much the doughnuts actually looked like the promotional renderings.
I ordered one of each, paid for my loot, and was well on my way to “crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery” goodness.
Each doughnut cost me $US2.19 and my total came to $US4.38.
Finally, it was time to give them a try. I started with the Butterfinger Original Filled Doughnut.
This Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut is stuffed with peanut butter chocolate “kreme,” dipped in Butterfinger icing, and topped with pieces of the candy. It’s finished with a drizzle of chocolate.
I thought it would be way too sweet with the filling and the candy coating, but I was wrong.
The kreme inside wasn’t as sweet as I had imagined. Instead, it had a hint of saltiness which cut the sweetness well, in my opinion.
I also was afraid that all the accessories would hide the fact that this was an originally-flavored Krispy Kreme doughnut. I was actually able to recognise the iconic flavour right away, which left me impressed.
The topping was a lot, there’s no doubt about it, but it was way more tolerable than I expected it to be.
Next up was the Butterfinger Fudge Cake Doughnut.
For this variety, a chocolate cake doughnut is dipped in chocolate icing, topped with a large dollop of peanut butter chocolate kreme, and finished off with a dusting of Butterfinger pieces.
The amount of kreme on top looked nauseating to me, but because it wasn’t as sweet as I anticipated, I didn’t mind it.
The swirl of butterscotch-coloured kreme staring at me from its perch on top of the doughnut was daunting. It looked dense, sweet, and like it was going to make me feel sick.
Alas, it was actually light and airy, and it was the same salty concoction that was inside the first doughnut. I wouldn’t have wanted to eat more than a few bites, but it wasn’t bad at all.
I was glad the doughnut on this one was solid cake because that made the toppings less powerful, in my opinion. The doughnut itself was very cakey and the frosting added savouriness, which was nice.
Overall, I was really impressed by both doughnuts.
Both varieties were unmistakably Butterfinger and recognisably Krispy Kreme. Being able to identify both brands involved is the mark of a well-executed collaboration.
I liked that the same components were used in both – the kreme inside one was on top of the other – and that there were no more than five components per doughnut. And neither was messy or sticky, which makes them snackable.
If you’re someone who loathes really artificially sweet things, like I do, but wants to try this specialty crossover dessert, don’t let the mounds of candy and kreme scare you away. I think they look sweeter than they taste.
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