Krispy Kreme opens the doors of its first outlet in Singapore on Saturday, 12 October, at 9am. We received a preview of ten flavours that will be available on opening day. The doughnuts are going at $2.60 each for the Original Glazed (dozen for $23.40; 24 for $42) and $2.95 each for the assorted flavours (a dozen for $26.50; 24 for $47.70). Though there are no local flavours available, we have marked out our favourites. Get prepped to stand in line and ready your tissues – this sugar-fest will have you drooling. Tip: Although the queues are still long, if your order is simple (a box of dozen original glazed or a box of dozen assorted doughnuts the staff pick for you) you may be allowed to skip ahead of the crowds.
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ORIGINAL GLAZED ($2.60 each) | This was the doughnut that earned Krispy Kreme its reputation and following. Made from a recipe from the 1930s, it tastes best had when hot off the Krispy Kreme machine line. if you can't, make sure to have it on the day it was made – this is when the glaze is still soft but sturdy, not sticky, and the dough, light. We couldn't get enough of the 20 dozens we received, and polished each of these off in less than 15 seconds.
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CHOCOLATE ICED GLAZED ($2.95 each) | This is the Original glazed with a milk chocolate topping. Purely for those who can't resist chocolate on their doughnuts, because there isn't much of a difference in the glaze (except the milk chocolate).
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CHOCOLATE ICED GLAZED SPRINKLE ($2.95 each) | This is the Chocolate Iced Glazed doughnut with colourful chocolate rice. Though not covered with rice sprinkles such as those advertised on Krispy Kreme's website, this amount was more than enough. The chocolate icing isn't much sweeter than the glaze, nor was it too bitter, and we're happy for the added texture of the sprinkles.
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COOKIE CRUNCH ($2.95 each) | This one's dipped in vanilla icing and topped with crushed Oreo cookies. It is a little sweeter than the Original Glazed, though not significantly - the Oreo cookies thins the sweetness out a little.
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CRITICS' PICK | ALMOND ALL OVER ($2.95 each) | We like this one because it is possible to have more than one without feeling sick (as good as the others are, too much of a good thing – sugary glaze, in this case – had us imposing self-limits). The Almond All Over is simply chocolate icing topped with slivers of almond – a nutty good combination.
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CHOCOLATE ICED CUSTARD FILLED ($2.95 each) | Doughnuts at Krispy Kremes aren't all holed – there is also an assortment of filled, yeast-raised doughnuts. The first we tried is filled with a light, barely-fragrant French vanilla custard, and dipped in chocolate icing. We're weren't too big a fan of this drier-than-the-Original-Glazed dough.
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CHOCOLATE DREAMCAKE ($2.95 each) | A shiny, dark chocolate sauce is hidden in the fluffy (but slightly dry) doughnut shell, top-dipped in chocolate icing, with dark and white chocolate shavings. We think this would have been nice as a hole-y doughnut, with glaze.
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CINNAMON APPLE FILLED ($.295 each) | This should be eaten warm for the slightly tart diced apple jam filling to ooze out when you bite into it and for the warmth of the cinnamon in the sugar topping to really tingle the nosebuds. Not our pick for takeaway.
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GLAZED VANILLA CAKE ($2.95 each) | It is essentially a cake, in the shape of a doughnut. The cake is crumbly, not overly moist (which is fine). We like that it is coated all over (top and bottom) with Krispy Kreme glaze - evens out every bite.
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CRITICS' PICK | RED VELVET ($2.95 each) | We love this deep, chocolate-y cake-as-a-doughnut with cream cheese icing and red velvet cake crumble. The sultry cake is crumbly yet sturdy, moist (more so than the Glazed Vanilla Cake), and every bite packs a big cocoa punch.