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Krispy Kreme Mini Dessert Donuts Review

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

I love donuts.

There, I said it. So glad I got that off my chest.

Now that you’re aware of my dark secret, I can finally be open about my immense love for the delicious rings of fried and glazed dough that are donuts.

Despite my undying love, though, I do have some strong opinions (maybe of the unpopular variety) about brands and quality when it comes to my most favorite pastry.

For instance, although I enjoy venturing into the fancy donut world of, say, Voodoo Doughnuts or the once-viral Cronut, my preference is for the traditional and simple. Too many toppings distract from the donut itself which, like cake, should be the focus of the dessert. The toppings (or frosting in cake’s case) are meant to compliment the donut, not to be the main show. So although a donut covered in your favorite cereal or a combination of two delicious treats into one donut-like structure might be fun to enjoy occasionally, a raised yeast donut covered in glaze or chocolate is the best option.

Another potentially unpopular opinion is that LaMar’s Donuts are the absolute best donuts; specifically the Bavarian crème filled bar, but any of their donuts will fill my tummy with happiness. They are the perfect balance of texture, sweetness, and airiness. Amazing.

Winchell’s & Dunkin’ Donuts are not even worth my time. I’m not saying they’re terrible, but why choose mediocrity when you can enjoy the perfection of LaMar’s? And Krispy Kreme is in the same boat, in my opinion. Mediocrity at its most average.

That doesn’t mean, though, that I won’t continue to try Winchell’s, Dunkin’s, and Krispy Kreme’s new donut creations. What can I say, I like a good adventure.

And so in that vein, I recently grabbed myself a 4-pack of Krispy Kreme’s new mini dessert donuts. These four donuts are only available through the end of January, according to their Twitter account ((11) Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) / Twitter). I would say you should probably hurry and get your 4-pack before the end of the month, but you might want to wait to read my review below first…

Krispy Kreme’s Mini Dessert Donuts can be purchased in a 4-pack with one each of the four flavors, or in a 16-pack with three each of the four dessert flavors plus four mini original glazed donuts.

The dessert donut flavors are:

Birthday Cake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Lemon Bar

Krispy Kreme's Mini Dessert Donuts
Krispy Kreme's Mini Dessert Donuts

Poor Krispy Kreme was already at a disadvantage because I am not a fan of birthday cake. I really don’t understand people’s obsession with birthday/Funfetti cake. Sprinkles are not good, people. And strawberry cheesecake is one of the last flavors of cheesecake I would choose. I barely like strawberries themselves, but I have a really hard time enjoying strawberry flavored foods.

With that said, I decided to get the birthday cake and strawberry cheesecake donuts out of the way first.

Birthday Cake

WOW! Donuts are already basically sugar bread, but this donut had about three times the sugar of a regular donut. It was so sweet that I couldn’t get past the first bite. Also, I hate sprinkles. They are weird and not tasty. Ew. Needless to say, the birthday cake donut was not my favorite. In fact, it was my least favorite.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Despite what I said above about strawberry cheesecake, I do really love cheesecake in general, so I was hoping that this donut would at least be ‘pretty good.’ Unfortunately I wouldn’t go as far as saying the donut was pretty good; more like ‘okay.’ The strawberry goo strands were the only strawberry flavor on the donut, so that helped some. There just wasn’t enough cheesecake flavor, though. The cheesecake dollop on top of the donut was tiny, which meant the donut was more graham cracker than strawberry or cheesecake. I only ate half of this donut.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I’m a big fan of chocolate chip cookie dough. Growing up we made cookie dough to eat, not to bake cookies. This was in the 80’s & 90’s when we didn’t care about eating raw eggs or flour. The good ol’ days! The creamy frosting on this donut was cookie dough flavored. It was pretty good, and the teeny tiny chocolate chips were real cute. As a whole, though, something about the chocolate covered donut and the cookie dough frosting just didn’t blend as well as it should have. It was one of those things where the donut was good at first, but the longer the flavors sat in your mouth the less they tasted good. I still ate the whole thing of course. It was good, but also not so good, if that makes sense. (Enter shrug emoji here.)

Lemon Bar

Though not a huge fan of the fruit, I love lemon flavored foods, so this donut was the one I was most looking forward to and the reason I decided to try these donuts at all. Boy was I let down. You would be mistaken if you thought the yellow frosting on this donut was lemon flavored. The only lemon flavor on this lemon bar donut was the sticky yellow goo lightly drizzled on top. There was not nearly enough lemon flavor to this donut, and the rest of it was pretty basic. Honestly, I was disappointed and didn’t finish the donut.

Overall the chocolate chip cookie dough donut was the only one I enjoyed in the least, and it wasn’t really good enough to make the effort to go pick one up. If you want a good donut I suggest going to LaMar’s. King Soopers’ donuts are also quite good, especially the chocolate covered fried cinnamon roll. But don’t waste your time or money on Krispy Kreme’s Mini Dessert Donuts. You can do better.

Now, for all the Winchell’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Voodoo, and Krispy Kreme fans out there – the good thing about opinions is that we’re all allowed to have them and we can still be friends. Enjoy whatever donuts make you happy!

Thanks for joining me! (Now I want a donut…)

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