We tried chocolate glazed doughnuts from 4 bakery chains and the winner also had the most glaze

Paige BennettWe tried four chocolate glazed doughnuts from different bakery chains.
  • Glazed chocolate doughnuts are a breakfast staple.
  • Every chain doughnut shop has its own special recipe for a glazed chocolate cake doughnut.
  • We tasted chocolate doughnuts from Yum-Yum Doughnuts, Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme and Ralph’s to find the best one.

Is there anything better than a perfectly glazed doughnut? Well, the only thing might just be a perfectly glazed chocolate doughnut. There’s no better way to start a morning than with a rich, chocolatey doughnut. But there are so many glazed chocolate cake doughnuts out there that it can be hard to choose which one to purchase.

So we tried a glazed chocolate cake doughnut from four chain bakeries around the US to find the best one.

We tried doughnuts from:

Here’s how these doughnuts fared.


The chocolate doughnut from Yum-Yum Doughnuts had delicious icing.

Paige BennettThe icing was nice and sweet.

This doughnut was pretty large for its affordable $US1.24 price tag. The cake was pretty light and fluffy, but a tad dry. Luckily, this texture was balanced nicely with the glazing.

Although all of the doughnuts were sampled were very similar, Yum-Yum Doughnuts had a noticeable difference – the doughnut’s glaze was also chocolate. As you might be able to tell in the photo, the icing was quite wet and some of it stuck to the bag. Still, the remaining glaze complimented the somewhat dry interior very well.


Dunkin’s doughnut had a unique, spiced flavour.

Paige BennettDunkin’ was light on the glaze.

If you love pumpkin spice or gingerbread flavours, this is the doughnut for you. Although it definitely had the distinct chocolate flavour, it also had lovely, spiced notes that made it stand out from the crowd, something like cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove.

This was delicious, but it did make the doughnut taste a little less chocolatey than the others we sampled. The doughnut is also lightly glazed, which might be an issue for some people who really love a good glazed doughnut. The treat was a great size for only $US1.39.


If you want extra glaze, try a chocolate doughnut from Krispy Kreme.

Paige BennettThis doughnut was probably the biggest.

Glazing is an important part of any doughnut, and Krispy Kreme is here to deliver (not literally, but that would be a dream!). This chocolate doughnut had quite a bit of glaze, which I enjoyed; however, this might be too sweet for some people.

Inside, the dough was light and moist with a chocolate flavour that was neither lacking nor overpowering. Although the sizes were all very close, this one appeared to be the biggest. It was also the most expensive at $US1.69.


The glazed chocolate doughnut from the Ralph’s (Kroger) bakery is cheap and sweet.

Paige BennettThe doughnut wasn’t too sweet.

If you aren’t grabbing fresh doughnuts from the bakery on your grocery run, you are totally missing out. Although this chocolate doughnut was a little smaller than the other chain doughnuts we sampled, it was a steal at just $US0.89.

This particular doughnut was dense and slightly dry, but it had a great chocolate flavour that was rich without being overbearing. The glazing also hit that “just right” mark as being sweet without being too sweet.


We loved Krispy Kreme the most … but don’t underestimate the Ralph’s bakery.

Paige BennettThere was so much of the delicious glaze.

The flavour of the Krispy Kreme doughnut was my favourite. I loved the extra glazing and the actual doughnut part was soft, fluffy, and moist. I also thought the chocolate flavour was ideal – not too chocolatey, but the flavour was definitely there. Unfortunately, my taste is clearly expensive, as this was the priciest doughnut I sampled. Still, it was a large doughnut that, when paired with coffee, would fill me up for breakfast.

I also really enjoyed the Ralph’s doughnut. Although it wasn’t my favourite in terms of flavour, I’d consider it a close second. It’s smaller, so it might take two to stifle my hunger on a Saturday morning but for those who just require the one doughnut, it is hard to beat $US0.89. Plus, it’s easy to grab it while you do your regular grocery shopping, and it is still just as fresh of an option as the other chains’ offerings.

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