by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-12-19
Caroline Westbrook and the doughnuts
They're the favourite food of Homer Simpson, and much beloved by American movie cops with their coffee. Now the real American doughnut has finally come to the UK.
Krispy Kreme, which have been popular with US doughnut eaters since 1937, has just opened up their first UK outlet in top people's store Harrods.
Famous for its bagel-shaped original glazed doughnut, Krispy Kreme now offers 14 other doughnut varieties, covering all tastes and flavours, including: maple flavour iced, lemon filled, chocolate iced, cinnamon apple filled and glazed with cream flavour filling.
All doughnuts are made with strictly vegetarian ingredients. According to a Harrods' spokeswoman, they are the same ingredients as used in the US, and are manufactured on the same production lines. Eager Krispy Kreme eaters will note that Krispy Kreme does have kosher supervision in the US, where its plants that make the doughnuts are certified kosher. While the UK version is not currently supervised, it uses the same US ingredients and is keeping preparation of doughnuts separate from anything else. Also, the doughnuts contain no animal by-products other than eggs and milk.
Here at Something Jewish, we had the most difficult task of reviewing a selection of these delightful treats. Armed with a cup of tea and some coffee, we munched our way through them. And here's our verdict:
What Caroline thought: Much lighter than I expected, it's impossible to eat just one, as I quickly found out. After finishing the first one, my hand strategically went into the Krispy Kreme box to pull out another one. They taste even better when hot - Krispy Kreme is famous for its fresh-from-the-oven doughnuts and putting them in the microwave for eight seconds certainly produces the required effect.
What Leslie thought: They certainly do bear an uncanny resemblance to bagels, and with their light and moist taste they are absolutely delicious. One really is not enough. The sweet aroma is impossible to resist, and at 90p per doughnut or ?6.95 for a dozen, it is certainly good value when sharing with some family and friends.
Chocolate Iced/Chocolate Iced With Sprinkles
What Caroline thought: This is basically a variation on the Original Glazed doughnut, with the delightful addition of chocolate icing or chocolate icing and coloured sprinkles. Both are seriously addictive - the icing is really sweet and actually tastes of chocolate. If you prefer your doughnuts classic and you're a chocoholic, this is sheer perfection.
What Caroline thought: This is a different type of doughnut with more of a cake-like consistency and a slightly different shape. It's a heavier doughnut than the original glazed, but it is no less delicious. Again, a good one for those who like the simpler doughtnuts in the box.
Cinnamon Apple Filled
What Leslie thought: Classic filled doughnuts are my favourite, and the taste of cinnamon and apple when you bite into this doughnut is fantastic. Unlike other doughnuts, these fillings don't splatter everywhere when you take your first bite, and so the mess factor is minimised, but the taste factor is optimised. Lovely taste, and perfect with coffee.
Chocolate Iced Custard Filled
What Leslie thought: If you like chocolate topping and a custard filling, then this is perfect. Like all Krispy Kreme filled doughnuts, one bite and you're in heaven. This is a light doughnut, and the two flavours complement each other perfectly.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be bought at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL