Takeout review: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

As the second part of the “Eatin’ in Surrey” sojourn, since trips to Surrey are a rarity for me, I had to make a side trip to the one and only Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location in the greater Vancouver area.

There was a time (10 years ago) when we would make day trips to Seattle for shopping, and detour to Issaquah or Burlington to one of the Krispy Kreme Doughnut locations to pick up some of their extraordinary soft warm glazed doughnuts.  I’m not sure what happened, but somewhere along the line, we stopped doing that.  I don’t think it had anything to do with the opening of this location in Surrey, because until now, I had never patronized this location.

It’s located in its own little stand-alone store, on the east edge of the parking lot to the Scottsdale Mall.



At a glance, it’s your  basic coffee and doughnut shop. With the doughnuts made fresh, on location.



There is a wide assortment of flavors and styles of doughnuts, from yeasted to cake, to glazed, to dipped, to cream filled, and so on.




And apparently there are doughnut holes as well.



I opted for a half-dozen assorted doughnuts that included a raspberry filled glazed, a lemon filled glazed, three of the original glazed yeasted, and a boston cream doughnut.



Times have changed.  The last time I set foot in a KK doughnut shop in Burlington (that location is now closed), there were regular lines of cars going down the block, waiting to get through the drive-through window, and there were long lines inside the store (sometimes a hundred people or more) waiting to get to the counter to place their order.  On this day, it was pretty quiet.  There may have been less than five customers in the store (including us) and but a single car at the drive through.

And back then, the doughnuts were still warm, fresh from the ‘kitchen’.  Today, they were room temperature, taken out of the display case.  They taste like I remember them, except for them being cold and a little firmer.  So I took the rest of the home to try again after microwaving for a few seconds.  Makes all the difference in the world.



Five or six seconds in the microwave, and they are just like I remember, warm, soft, light as air.  This is probably worth making the occasional special trip out to Surrey.

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