Time-Traveling and the Microwave: Krispy Kreme Pt. 2

4 Dec

When we got our donuts last week (at the Krispy Kreme in Elk Grove), we noticed that they recommend microwaving them for eight seconds in order to enhance the experience.  But how could a microwaved donut ever stack up to one bought from fresh from the bakery?

As luck would have it, our neighborhood Jewel stocks Krispy Kreme donuts in boxes.  So does yours.  Really.  They’re right inside the door.  Check it out:

So, of course, we had to satisfy our curiosity.  We went straight to Jewel this morning and picked up some Krispy Kremes to go, eager to get to the bottom of this important Donut Issue.

Here’s what we found:

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Donut #1: Original Glazed

Coffee Girl:

In the world of glazed yeast donuts, this is the Platonic Ideal.  Melting in your mouth like a heavenly marshmallow, a bite of a microwaved Krispy Kreme glazed donut leaves nothing behind but the “ahhh.”  In one quick, divine moment, an inspiration of buttery yeast donut speeds by its introduction of sweet sugar glaze and effervesces into a lovely, lovely memory.

Donut Boy:

You can see it in the picture.  This donut was moist when we took it out of the box.  Never a bad sign.  I was skeptical that a microwave could really change anything, but it definitely did.  The donut went from being sort of stiff and thick to becoming a legitimate Sugar Pillow.  All the flavor I loved from last week was there, plus the donut was warm.  Awesome.

Donut #2: Chocolate Frosted Glazed

Coffee Girl:

Okay.  Our rule of thumb is that anything good can be improved by the addition of chocolate.  But that’s why Donutology is so important a field:  we realize, through the study of donuts, important life lessons.  For example, some things can not be improved by the addition of chocolate.  Perfection, i.e., Krispy Kreme’s glazed donut, should be left alone.

Donut Boy:

I have a theory, which is that Krispy Kreme’s chocolate frosting really only tastes good when paired with their whipped cream (see below).  Without an additional sweet flavor to balance it out, the frosting overwhelms.  I gave this donut another chance this morning, and I still did not care for it.  Let’s move on.

Donut #3: Chocolate Frosted with Whipped Cream

Coffee Girl:

Heavens to Betsy!  Did we compare Krispy Kreme’s glazed donut to heaven?  Then their chocolate frosted, whipped cream-filled donut is like having sex in heaven.  A quick, eight-second microwave zap brings the store-bought version to glorious life, causing the chocolate frosting to take a giant step backward in time to remember when it had just been spread on top of a fresh, buttery, yeast donut.  Despite a stint in the heat, the whipped cream inside retains its fluffy luxuriousness.  We sit in rapt remembrance and smile.

Donut Boy:

I wasn’t crazy about this donut last week, but after microwaving it for a mere eight seconds this morning, it was a whole ‘nother story.  The frosting and whipped cream teamed up and prodded me in a new Flavor Direction.  The dough supported the whole endeavor very nicely.  As long as there’s a microwave nearby, I’m totally game for this donut.

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So…

We’ve settled it.

This is basically an inversion of the whole American Fast Food concept, which states that, traditionally, food taken to go and brought home is never as good as food purchased and enjoyed on location.  With Krispy Kreme, the exact opposite is true, and we owe this to the microwave.

 

The microwave: Our Modern-Day Savior

The microwave does two things.  First, it makes up for any lack of freshness by giving the donuts a jumpstart.  Second, it adds an additional quality of warmth to the experience.  When we get Krispy Kremes in the future, we won’t hesitate to pick them up from Jewel.

Of course, if we want to get a bit of fresh air, we’ll take the scenic route to Elk Grove and get some Krispy Kremes at the store there.  They have more varieties to try, the space is nice and open, and the kids can get a kick out of watching the cool machinery at work.

Still, it’s comforting to know that you’re never far away from a great donut experience.  All you need is a few bucks, a microwave, and your neighborhood Jewel.  Oh, and eight seconds.

-CG&DB

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