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I don’t eat doughnuts


Bethany and I have a list of adventures. Every time we get together, we try to cross one item off the list. I know, tough life. Why can’t you be less full of fun? I could go on and on about the woes of stay-at-home-mommedness and how I would kill for some good old water-cooler chit-chat about something besides my latest saga over disciplining my child…or I could just talk about the perks.

Perks are better. At least for me today. Some days I need to go on and on about how so very hard it is. But not today. Today was SUPER FUN! We had some doughnuts! It was on our list.

Bethany is convinced that hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts are a zillion times better than regular old room-temperature ones. I don’t think this could make that much of a difference. Aren’t Krispy Kreme doughuts made of crack anyway? Could they get that much better? How much more could your taste buds fire off alarm signals of pleasure to your brain? I need to be convinced with actual proof.

This poses a dilemma since I don’t really eat doughnuts. They are off-limits. I am Uma Thurman in The Truth About Cats and Dogs except I’m not a model and I’m not skinny and my weakness is doughnuts not cake. Also, I’m totally lying. I do eat doughnuts. I’m just working on the not-eating-them part.

7days: Day 5 "Public/Private"

I burn thousands of imaginary calories just thinking about not eating them. It’s a battle up there in my head. If only there were some physical activity to go along with the mental activity because then I would be super-skinny and I could eat all the doughnuts I ever wanted. Hmmm…that’s kind of a circular argument…

Anyway, as I was telling Bethany today, I wish I didn’t spend so much mental time on this. How much smarter would I be if my brain could use that space for something else? I’d probably be a lot better at math.

hiding behind her apple fritter
(photo totally caught by Bethany)

So yeah, I do eat doughnuts. I love them. Apple fritters to be exact. I was born with that gene. (Mutter, mutter, bad word, mutter, mutter…) But today we didn’t get to test Bethany’s theory. We did test some doughnuts (How could we not? We drove all that way!!!) but they weren’t hot. The light in the window was off and the assembly line was empty. It was still fascinating to look at. I love touring factories.

no action on the factory line today

The kids thought it was great fun and then five seconds later the sugar hit their blood and they turned into wild maniacs. It was amazing. I have never seen the night-and-day difference a pop of sugar will do to a kid quite like that before. One minute they were sitting there sipping their milks with glazed looks in their eyes and the next they were bouncing off the walls like Nerf balls.

sugar high

It was very bizarre. Like I said, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are made with crack. I’m sure of it. I’m checking us both into rehab tomorrow morning.


  • Camels & Chocolate

    My stomach’s already been growling for the past couple hours, and Krispy Kremes (hot or cold) are only my favorite things ever! Unfortunately, I’m in a remote part of Russian River, and I wouldn’t even know where to go for the closest doughnut…

  • lynne

    I feel for Camels & chocolate, must be awful to have a craving in the midst of a remote area. Mind you would the sugary smell attract bears? Does the Russian River area even have bears?

    I have never had a Kripsey Kreme Doughnut. Before you go awwww they are actually sold in the UK, for a few years now, but I guess it’s something you have to experience as a kid to have a craving for. Growing up our doughnuts came in regular with a hole in the middle and fancy with jam in the middle. Even now if you serve me up a doughnut with a custard or apple in the middle I am going to give you a funny look.

  • karen

    Apple fritters are my favorite too…I think it may be because my mom usually wouldn’t get us junk food but my dad would sometimes bring some apple fritters home and tell us kids that it was ok because they had apples in them! So they can’t be entirely bad ;)

  • Mandee

    Um, sorry, I’m still trying to comprehend the fact that you’ve never had a hot Krispy Kreme! Regular doughnuts just don’t compare. At all.

    I have a rule that I have to stop at a Krispy Kreme if the HOT light is on. Luckily, I kind of have to go out of my way to pass one. Try one–they are absolutely worth it.

  • Jummy

    There was much excitement in my neck of Canada when Krispy Kreme came here: long huge lineups to try the donuts. I still have never tried one (hot or cold) and depending on who you talk to Krispy Kreme does them best.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your apple fritter anyway! And that you were able to corral your Baby Bug eventually.

  • Clownfish

    I was eating Krispy Kreme donuts before they made their way to the West Coast. I was stationed on a destroyer in VA and we’d load boxes onboard almost every morning!

    I remember waiting in line when they came to CA and when they came to my new state of AZ. When they crashed all of them closed in AZ. They just re-opened one AZ location…and it’s less than 10 miles from our home! Hehe

    I love Apple Fritters but have only seen the Krispy Kreme version on their web site. They don’t sell it at mine and they didn’t have it at The Block in Orange when I lived there, sigh. Dare to dream….

  • Jennifer

    All the Krispy Kremes in my neck of the woods closed down and left. They were replaced with Chick-Fil-A. All of them. I thought that was odd.

    I have a deep love of the apple fritter. My dad, bro and I used to get donuts together every Saturday morning when I was a kid. I could never stray from the fritter. I do have to share that there is a bakery in Bakersfield that makes the most incredible maple bars. I don’t even like maple bars but I love theirs!

    Thank you for letting me talk about donuts instead of parenting this morning. That was nice.

  • bluejaye

    We have a Krispy Kreme within a mile of our house. Personally I can’t tell the difference…a glazed donut is a glazed donut. I wish I could pull one off the line before it went through the shower of sugar glaze. When I do go I get a Banana Fritter…still wish it didn’t have so much glaze though.

    Having a list sounds great. That way if you get stuck trying to think of something to do spontaneously you can just check the list.

  • bethany actually

    This is addressed to people who’ve never tried a hot Krispy Kreme:

    If you are puzzled about why people love KK donuts so much, I understand because I once shared your puzzlement. But cold/room-temp KK’s are TOTALLY DIFFERENT from a fresh, hot, melt-in-your-mouth glazed KK!

    My husband Troy went to the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA, way back in 1995/96 and that was the first time either of us ever heard of Krispy Kreme. People just raved about them, so we went and tried them but didn’t think they were all that great. We figured there’s no accounting for taste, so we shrugged and didn’t worry about it much anymore. Then someone clued us in to the fact that we needed to wait till the hot-now light was on and get a hot one, so we did that.

    Now, if we pass a KK and see the hot-now light on, we almost always stop. Those things are worse than crack! But oh so good.

  • Gayle

    I’ve never had a Krispy Kreme, hot or cold. I’ve never had an apple fritter either. I don’t know if I’ve ever even seen a Krispy Kreme! Sigh.

  • Annie

    I used to live in the middle of nowhere — no Krispy Kremes for miles and miles around. I moved to a city a few months ago, and am apparently mere blocks from a Krispy Kreme. I haven’t located it and probably won’t. My willpower is so very low that if I knew where my crack den was, I would spend ALL my waking hours there.

  • Anonymous

    Cold/room temp KK are yummy, but I must agree that the hot ones are totally different. Like a little bit of heaven. You just don’t KNOW until you’ve had one.
    Now I want one.
    So much….

  • jo

    i’ve never understood the whole iced doughnut thing – give me a straight old-fashioned doughnut rolled in cinnamon sugar every time. I have tried Krispy Kreme (though yes I admit not hot) and they just seemed too damn ‘consistent’ to me, like every one is exactly the same, all the way through, like packet cake mix…

  • Kuky

    Accck don’t show me that!! I’m drooling. I just want any donut now. I don’t care if it’s room temp or hot.

    And you know, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a hot one. All of the Krispy Kremes around us closed down. Now the closest one is 30 – 45 minutes away and out of the way. The only time we’re in that area is to go to the dentist. And it would feel so wrong to go have a sugary donut after having my teeth cleaned.

  • Abbey

    I am actually not much of a donut eater myself, but my husband and I just happened into Krispy Kreme one day right as they came out of the oven.


    They are SOOOO good!!

    On a sort-of side note…we JUST got a Sprinkles up here in the Bay Area (Palo Alto) and I am OH SO EXCITED!! I can’t even tell you how excited I am. I am one with a weakness for cake in any shape or form…cake, cupcakes, cake cookies, cake donuts…

    Dang it! Now I’m going to have to stop off and grab some sweets for myself on the way to my friends house to watch The Office premeire.

    Maybe I’ll hit Icing on the Cake. If you are ever in Los Gatos, CA, you MUST stop in and eat as many things as you possibly can!! Yum.

    Yes, that settles it. I’m stopping at Icing on the Cake. Chocolate Fudge Cake – Here I Come!

  • Melissa

    Yes, their crack doughnuts always give me the worst headaches…but I still have a hard time resisting.

    And, @bluejaye…my husband always go in when they are making them hot and asks for a few plain ‘dry’ ones without the glaze. He loves them that way.

  • Red Lotus Mama

    I love a really good doughnut … especially a warm apple fritter! My office does Doughnut Fridays and it kills me. For a while I hated my desk so it was a great excuse to work from home and avoid the dreadful doughnut. But, now I have a killer corner cube and have lost my excuse. So, I am working on only eating ONE doughnut on Friday. *blushing a bright shade of red*

  • a Chris

    Have to dissent here (’cause I’m like that). There was a great fuss over KK when they opened a shop in my home town. I tried them (hot) but there was too much grease and sugar in there for me. I think they’ve shut down again. Tim Horton’s maintains its reign in the doughnut kingdom of Southern Ontario. Starbuck’s managed to take some coffee and carrot-cake market share though.

    Here’s something supremely un-useful to SAJ and most of her readership: I was visiting home this summer (from my much less doughnut-rich, though Starbuck’s-replete, current country of residence) and had some really nice doughnuts (definitely better than the ones I made a point of having at Tim’s) — from the City Cafe Bakery in Cambridge (there’s one in Kitchener too, or there certainly used to be). Their bagels had already made them a mandatory (multiple) stop for my Montrealer husband anytime we’re in town. Apparently they do pizza in their wood-burning oven too.

  • The Chatty Housewife

    They are definitely the best right off the conveyor. I love their apple fritters and blueberry fritters the best out of their flavored donuts. I will most likely never eat another one in my life, as I have Celiac disease!

  • Annabanana

    My mouth is watering!
    We don’t have crispy creams but one I had a friend drive a few hours to get them fresh. Even at 2 hours they were still good.
    My favourite though. Robin’s. Down the street. I neeeeeeed them like a hole in the head though. Mmmmmm……

  • falwyn

    Hot Krispy Kremes are indeed the best – and yes, I think they’re night and day better than cold. But regardless, definitely glazed with crack.
    And they closed down in AZ! WAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

  • (another) bethany

    hah, that pic of bug totally captures the krispycrack high. hilarious! my grandma introduced me to hot krispy kremes years ago, and boy are they better that way! hope you get to test some someday :)

  • Aladyinredpolish

    OK ladies. IF you like apple fritters, and the bear claw… well I have the place for you. Its called The Great Dane Baking Company. There is one in Huntington Beach (warner/goldenwest) and one in Los Alamitos(across the street from the Fish Company). I use to work there, it is super clean and the owners are amazing and nice and are family people from Denmark.
    OK back to the Bear Claw. They are delicious with marzipan in the center. I highly reccommend these. Everything from there is amazing, and the cakes are so adorable and as cute as they are delicious. ENjoy.
    Oh one more good donut place… Oh THose Donuts. Its 24hours and has amazing sandwiches served all day and night. The donut I would reccommend from there is the blueberry old fashion!!

  • Erica

    All I can say is that I AM SO JEALOUS of you and Bethany. I am a working mom and I am soooo jealous of all the fun the 4 of you have been having. I admire your amazing creativity and creative outlook on life.

    Baby Bug is the luckiest girl to have such a FUN Mommy!

  • lynne

    Wow I have learnt a lot about doughnuts today, there is a a whole world out there of variations. Bear Claw!!??!! Marsipan in a doughnut! Goodness gracious me whatever next! :)

  • Michele

    I never liked doughnuts (or donuts…what’s the correct spelling?), until I moved to NC and someone took me for a hot Krispy Kreme. It melted in my mouth, and was probably one of the tastiest things I have ever had.

  • BeachMama

    Shhhh… even though I can get them here and in Delaware, I have never had a Krispy Kreme. I am afraid if I try one it will be the end as we know it of delectable desserts and donuts only. Don’t tell anyone…

    My kids (so far) don’t react to sugar, but give my nephew a piece of chocolate (no kidding, one M&M will do it) and he is like a silver ball in a pinball machine.

  • Sonja

    Being from NC, a doughnut is NOT a doughnut unless it’s a Krispy Kreme doughnut. In case you didn’t know, Krispy Kreme was born in NC. And you’ve got to wait for the “Hot ‘n Now” sign to be on or you put it in the microwave for 5 seconds. Once you’ve had one warm, you’ll realize there’s a huge difference. We never saw ads from them on TV but I knew about Dunkin’ Donuts from those “got to make the donuts” ads and I always wondered if they were any good. I remember “cheating” on KK for a DD in Atlanta and my first thought was “UGH! It tastes like cornbread!” If you’ve never had cornbread it’s kindof the consistency of muffin where I was used to something more like a croissant. I also remember not really wanting to share the Krispy Kreme southern tradition with the rest of the US. Let the Yankees have their Dunkin’ Donuts and bagels & CA can have their In & Out Burger and fusion cuisine – I don’t want to share Krispy Kreme!

  • sock mom

    oh man – there is a KK an hour from me, and twice I have made the special pilgrimage to go there – and twice the doughnuts weren’t hot!!!

    (but, I had other doughnuts instead that were great. but I, too have missed out on the goodness that is a hot Krispy Kreme.)

  • Dejoni

    When I die, I hope and pray that there is a Krispy Kreme where the light is always on and they’re always hot and fresh.
    I’m addicted to the crack doughnuts.

  • andrea

    Damn you gestational diabetes! I would give anything for a hot glazed Krispy Kreme right now. Luckily it is two minutes from the hospital I am delivering at so I’ll just add those to the growing list of treats that people will have to bring me after I deliver.

  • Sarahbear

    I think I could probably live off nothing but sweets for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy! I also just gained 5lbs just looking at these pictures ;-)

  • Treasures By Brenda

    Well, we do not actually have a Krispy Kreme donut shop near us in Ottawa (Canada). However, our local Wal-Mart is kind enough to sell them…I try not to buy them!

    Have you ever tried a Krispy Kreme Burger? For more information including the recipe (yes, you read it right, the recipe), please read a page that I have written at http://www.squidoo.com/krispykremeburger. I’d love to hear what you have to say about the Krispy Kreme Bacon Double Cheeseburger!