With the introduction of fall, pumpkin and Halloween goodies are popping up every where and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is no different.
Plastered all over their windows are their seasonal goods, advertising pumpkin spice lattes and cleverly named Krispy Skremes for their sprinkle, pumpkin and spider web-decorated doughnuts. But these are only a few of the doughnuts they’re offering now. Also included in the lineup are pumpkin spice and pumpkin cheesecake.
It was the decorated doughnuts that initially caught my eye. The spider web ($1.19) and pumpkin ($1.39) were bought midday and were a big disappointment. They were dry and tasted several hours old. Even the whipped cream filling in the spider web doughnut didn’t help with the texture or taste.
The Halloween doughnuts didn’t deter me from revisiting. I returned a few evenings later to find a big line waiting for fresh doughnuts. It seems like Clairemont Krispy Kreme is the place to be for families and teens after the dinner hour.
On this visit we tried the chocolate iced sprinkles, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin spice. These were completely different doughnuts — fresh and tender.
The chocolate sprinkles ($1.19) was what you would expect: A glazed doughnut with a light chocolate touch covered by black and orange sprinkles. The original glazed — best eaten hot off the conveyor — beats this, but it’s a festive alternative. Despite my complaining about the over-abundance of pumpkin-flavored items popping up, my favorites were the pumpkin cheesecake ($1.19) and pumpkin spice ($1.19).
Cream cheese spiked with pumpkin fills a raised doughnut and is topped with pumpkin spice. The denser pumpkin cake doughnut was glazed and moist and actually could be served year-round as a “spice cake” doughnut. True to Krispy Kreme, they were on the sweet side; the pumpkin cake could have forgone the glaze without compromising on taste. I hope both of these stick around well past Halloween until Christmas.
I often forget Krispy Kreme when there are other small, doughnut places I like to check out. It’s been several years since I entered a shop and the production line never fails to entertain me.
One of my favorite things to do is find the misshapen doughnuts and watch the icing shower coat the new pastries. I also spied a chart of their different varieties meant for the eyes of employees only. I desperately want a copy!
There are only a few Krispy Kreme locations in San Diego County. You can find them here.