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Dunkin’ Serves Up Ghost Pepper Donut To Heat Up Halloween

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We’re officially weeks away from Halloween, and I’m honestly basking in the festivities of the spooky holiday. One surprising entry comes from Dunkin’ Donuts, who have taken the feared Ghost Pepper and captured the flavor into a donut. 

Yes, a Ghost Pepper Donut

The new spicy cake features a classic yeast donut ring that’s topped with flavored strawberry icing. It boasts a bold blend of cayenne and ghost pepper and is finished with red sanding sugar to complete its fiery namesake’s aesthetic. 

This marks the brand’s first-ever pepper flavored donut, now available nationwide along with a variety of dressed-up Halloween donuts at participating Dunkin’ locations now until December. 

Can’t remember, but does coffee make spicy foods better or worse? Eh, guess I’ll have to find out for myself. 

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A Sweet Look Inside Krispy Kreme’s New NYC Flagship Store

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Not too long ago, Krispy Kreme announced that they would be opening up a flagship store in New York City that not only sold their fresh donuts, but would feature tons of other merchandise and donut-themed items for customers to buy as well.

Today we got a look inside the NYC store and, being the veritable Mike TV of this Willy Wonka Tour, wanted to see as much as possible behind the scenes.

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Located in Times Square, the flagship store features many attractions that set it apart from a standard Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

Upon walking in, guests can shop around and buy a plethora of Krispy Kreme merchandise, including mugs, tumblers, and New-York specific gifts.

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To the left, guests and walk past the Doughnut Theater, where they can see doughnuts being made by the hundreds within minutes as they’re finished through a massive Glazed Waterfall.

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Other highlights of the flagship store include stadium-style seating made to look like you’re inside a giant Krispy Kreme doughnut box, the World’s Largest Hot Light, and a 24-hour streetwise pickup window. There’s even an exclusive New York City “Big Apple” Doughnut that can only be found at the flagship store.

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Krispy Kreme has stated that with the shop now open, they will be strictly adhering to COVID-19 safety regulations and guidelines for both guests and employees. This includes employee health screenings, wearing face masks, social distancing floor stickers, regular hand washing protocols, protective barriers at ordering points, and additional disinfecting throughout the shop.

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The flagship store is set to open Tuesday, Sept. 15.

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Dunkin’ To Close 450 Stores Permanently Within Speedway Gas Stations

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With the launch of both their bubble tea and Boba Tea, Dunkin Donuts have been making some pretty big moves this summer, but one change goes far beyond a refreshing beverage.

Today Food reports that 450 Dunkin’ locations will shut down by the end of this year as a result of the donut and coffee chain ending its deal with Hess Corporation, which owns Speedway gas stations.

This means that the 450 locations set to close will all be ones located within Speedway locations. These spots offer only a limited Dunkin’ menu and are much smaller than the chain’s standalone restaurants.

While they are shutting down their Speedway locations, Dunkin did mention to Today that by doing so, they’ll be in a better position to open new full-service stores in the areas of closure.

Currently, there are more than 8,500 Dunkin’ locations nationwide. The upcoming closuress are planned to be completed by the end of 2020.

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Krispy Kreme Now Has Packaged Doughnuts Sold At Walmart

Let’s face it. No one wants to sit through the drive-thru line at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Fortunately Krispy Kreme has now launched a line of doughnuts you can buy in stores.

Beginning June 22, you can find Krispy Kreme Doughnut Bites and Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers in the snack aisle at your local Walmart.

Krispy Kreme’s Doughnut Bites are available in Original, Chocolate, and Apple Cinnamon with 20 bites per box. The Mini Crullers will be available in Original or Blueberry with eight crullers to a box.

You can find the new Krispy Kreme Doughnut packs at participating Walmart locations nationwide.

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Krispy Kreme Is Giving A Free Dozen Doughnuts To Any Student About To Graduate

With students studying online these last few months, it’s sobering to know that they’ll be spending their long-awaited graduations at home thanks to the pandemic.

Here’s a tiny bit of sweet relief, however, as Krispy Kreme is offering high school and college seniors a free dozen doughnuts to soften that blow.

All you have to do is show up at a Krispy Kreme dressed in your graduation cap and gown, or wear clothes that say “Class of 2020” and you will get a free assorted dozen with no strings attached during the week of May 18 to May 24.

Other 2020 apparel that will be accepted includes:

  • Cap and gown with 2020 tassel
  • Class of 2020 apparel (t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc.)
  • 2020 letterman jacket featuring senior status
  • 2020 class ring
  • Graduation announcement featuring name with matching ID
  • Student photo ID featuring senior status
  • Other Class of 2020 senior swag

To celebrate the class of 2020, customers can also purchase a dozen “2020” doughnuts that are made to spell out 2020 through icing in three separate rows.

Krispy Kreme’s free graduate dozen deal will be available at all participating Krispy Kreme locations nationwide while supplies last. For any students looking to grab their free dozen, make sure to be safe out there!

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Krispy Kreme Debuts Three New Kreme-Filled, Fruit-Flavored Glazes

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When the crimson glow of Krispy Kreme’s “Hot Now” neon sign lights up, its a veritable bell to Pavlov’s dogs, with we the people being the drooling pooches. Why? Because the thought of freshly baked Krispy Kreme doughnuts enrobed in their undeniable and iconic glaze is as good as any reason to lift the floodgates in our tastebuds. Now what if I told you that Krispy Kreme is rolling out a trio of new donuts featuring fruit-flavored glazes and filled with a fruity kreme? The forecast in your mouth would be predicting a torrential downpour, yes, I know.

Well friends, grab your scuba suits because we’ll all be swimming knowing that Krispy Kreme will be releasing a set of Fresh off the Line Doughnuts: Key Lime Glazed, Key Lime Kreme; Strawberry Glazed, Strawberry Kreme; and Lemon Glazed, Lemon Kreme. So if you’re feeling for an OG type bite, grab the glazed. If you’re more so inclined for an extra dose of sweetness, by all means treat yourself to the Kreme-filled variety.

Krispy Kreme’s roll out of these new doughnuts will start with Strawberry being available from April 28-May 1. Next up is Key Lime with a time frame of May 5-8. Lemon anchors the trio with an availability of May 12-15. So we’re talking limited here. All the more reason to mark your calendars if you’re eager for a taste.

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Healthcare Workers Get Free Weekly Krispy Kreme Through Mid-May

Having quite a few friends who are healthcare workers, I’ve been seeing many accounts of the struggles they’re going through on a day-to-day basis during this coronavirus pandemic.

These heroes definitely deserve some massive love for their hard work, and it looks like Krispy Kreme is giving them just that with their latest promotion.

Every Monday from now through May 12th, Krispy Kreme is committing to provide all healthcare workers free dozens of Original Glazed donuts. They’ve put no limit on how many can be redeemed, saying in a press release to “just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell us what you need and show us your employer badge.” (UPDATE: Krispy Kreme has since changed this to be a 5 dozen donut limit.)

The deal is good for whether healthcare workers will be sharing the donuts with their colleagues or just taking it home to have food to eat after a long shift.

Separately, Krispy Kreme also announced a deal for all individuals on Saturdays. They’ll be giving out a free dozen of Original Glazed (with one having a smiley face on it) for every order of 12 or more donuts. Each dozen will be sealed and bagged individually to prevent as much cross-contact as possible.

Healthcare workers definitely deserve a lot of love for the risk they’re putting themselves in, and even though free donuts isn’t the healthiest (or most necessary solution), it’s a warming act of kindness nonetheless.

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Fast Food Sweets

New Krispy Kreme Donuts Are Filled And Sprinkled With Butterfinger Candy

Krispy Kreme has been making waves over the last few years with their collaborations, a recent one being their Rick and Morty menu, but the newest launch may just be the Kreme’s sweetest yet.

The doughnut chain just announced that they’ll be creating two new items inspired by the ever-popular Butterfingers chocolate and peanut butter bar. Krispy Kreme’s new items include the new Butterfinger Original Filled Doughnut and the Butterfinger Fudge Cake Doughnut.

Fans of the Original Glaze will appreciate Butterfinger Original Filled Doughnut which takes their staple breakfast cake and fills it with a peanut butter chocolate creme and dunks it into Butterfinger icing. It’s then topped with chunks of Butterfinger chocolate and then finished with a chocolate drizzle.

For a richer choice, the Butterfinger Fudge Cake Doughnut is pretty much a chocolate cake that’s topped with more chocolate, a peanut butter creme, and little bits of Butterfinger to round out the aesthetic.

“It’s a flavor overload,” said Foodbeast resident encyclopedia and Grecian hunk Constantine Spyrou upon trying the doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme’s newest additions will be available from now through March 13.