I tried 12 different doughnuts from Krispy Kreme and found that you can't beat the classics

Abigail AbesamisWe tried one of each.
  • We tasted a dozen assorted doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.
  • The assortment included glazed, filled, and cake doughnuts.
  • With a wide variety, it ultimately came down to personal preference when choosing a favourite.

When it comes to doughnuts, I choose glazed every time. Anyone can top a doughnut with fancy, flashy, Insta-worthy toppings but there’s nothing to hide behind a classic doughnut with a simple glaze. At Krispy Kreme it’s no different, and their original glazed doughnut is the obvious choice, especially when the Hot Light is on.

But is there a sleeper hit I’ve been missing out on all these years by ordering original glazed without question? I sampled a dozen different Krispy Kreme doughnuts to find out which is best. I based much of my decisions on the balance of flavour and textures, as well as the sweetness of the doughnuts.

I tried all the doughnuts available year-round at this particular location, but obviously, it may vary based on your region.

Here’s what I thought of each:

Chocolate iced with Kreme filling was a bit too sweet for me

3 Chocolate iced custard filledAbigail AbesamisChocolate iced with Kreme filling.

There are recurring themes between the different flavours, the Kreme filling being one of them. For me, the filling was overly sweet and dense, reminding me of the pre-made icing you’d buy at a supermarket. As a result, it overwhelmed an already-sweet doughnut.

Glazed with Kreme filling was similar

11 Glazed with kreme fillingAbigail AbesamisGlazed with Kreme filling.

This doughnut was also just a bit too sweet for me.

The cinnamon bun had a subtle flavour

10 Cinnamon bunAbigail AbesamisCinnamon bun.

The cinnamon flavour was subtle and the doughnut was a bit tougher in texture than original glazed, which, in looking at the ingredients lists, was perhaps due to the addition of oat fibre.

The glazed blueberry cake had a muffin-like texture

9 Glazed blueberry cakeAbigail AbesamisGlazed blueberry cake.

This dense doughnut was crumbly and not as sweet as some of the others. The glazed topping added a satisfying crunchy texture.

Glazed raspberry filled didn’t live up to my expectations

8 Glazed raspberry filledAbigail AbesamisGlazed raspberry filled.

Jelly doughnuts are a classic, and I know people that love Krispy Kreme’s version, but I wasn’t as impressed. I was looking for a tart raspberry filling to cut through the sweetness of the glazed doughnut. Instead, I felt I got a bland jelly that only hinted at a raspberry flavour.

Chocolate iced glazed had additional sweetness and not much chocolate flavour, in my opinions

7 Chocolate iced glazedAbigail AbesamisChocolate iced glazed.

I found Krispy Kreme’s chocolate glaze lacking in a deep, chocolatey flavour and adding sweetness to an already-sweet treat.

Glazed chocolate cake delivered on flavour

6 Glazed chocolate cakeAbigail AbesamisGlazed chocolate cake.

Hello, chocolate. This doughnut is crumbly like glazed blueberry cake, but with an indulgent chocolatey flavour. It’s pretty dense, though, and as much as I love doughnuts I don’t know that I could finish this in one sitting.

Glazed lemon filled brightened the palate with a tart lemon filling

5 Glazed lemon filledAbigail AbesamisGlazed lemon filled.

The lemon filling delivered the tartness I was looking for in the raspberry jelly doughnut, a perfect foil to the sweetness of the glazed doughnut.

Colourful sprinkles leveled up the chocolate-iced-glazed doughnut

4 Chocolate iced glazed with sprinkles 2Abigail AbesamisChocolate-iced glazed with sprinkles.

While Krispy Kreme’s chocolate icing wasn’t my favourite, the sprinkles added texture and, as an added bonus, made it more aesthetically pleasing.

Chocolate-iced custard-filled is essentially a Boston cream doughnut

12 Chocolate iced with kreme fillingAbigail AbesamisChocolate-iced custard filled.

At the end of the day, it’s about personal taste, and I have a soft spot for Boston cream doughnuts. The generous custard filling inside a fluffy doughnut made for a tasty treat.

Cinnamon swirl stood out with its sugary coating and unique topping

2 Cinnamon swirlAbigail AbesamisCinnamon swirl.

Tossing the doughnut in cinnamon sugar emphasised the lightness of Krispy Kreme’s doughnut mix, and the cream cheese icing and cinnamon swirl added just the right amount of sweetness and moisture.

Original glazed is a classic for a reason

1 Original glazed 2Abigail AbesamisOriginal glazed.

The Hot Light specifically signals hot, fresh, melt-in-your-mouth, indulgent-yet-light original glazed doughnuts (the likes of which there is no comparison), but even after sitting in a display case and cooled to room temperature, this OG reigns supreme. It is sheer perfection.

Dozen 3Abigail AbesamisThe winner was a classic.

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