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Krispy Kreme Japan has 'hot and cool' doughnut ice cream sundaes
Krispy Kreme Japan is offering donut ice cream sundaes for a limited time.
Not only does Japan consistently one-up other countries with their Starbucks options and cooler KFC iterations, but now the country has even taken Krispy Kreme to the next level.
Between April 23rd and July 14th, Krispy Kreme Japan will offer “donut ice” desserts, or doughnut ice cream sundaes, to be more specific.
The new desserts come in two flavors, “donut ice and blueberry yogurt,” featuring a Krispy Kreme doughnut topped with vanilla ice cream, yogurt, and blueberry sauce; and “caramel and yogurt,” featuring vanilla ice cream, salty caramel popcorn, almonds, and caramel sauce.
Krispy Kreme Japan suggests that you enjoy the new “HOT & COOL” desserts while you’re taking a break during “shopping and leisure.” The spring and summer desserts will be available at participating Krispy Kreme Japan stores for 450 yen (approximately $4.39 USD).
If anyone wants to join me for a shopping and leisure and doughnut ice cream trip to Japan, I’m available.
Check out our slideshow of America's 25 Best Doughnuts.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.
Krispy Kreme Is Bringing the World Doughnut-Infused Ice Cream
Not to mention doughnuts infused with doughnut-infused ice cream, plus doughnut-infused milkshakes, plus a chance to customize your doughnut to suit your taste.
There’s something charmingly retro about the Krispy Kreme vibe — the color scheme, the font — but now the company is positioning itself for the future. The doughnut chain has announced plans to redesign its shops for the first time in more than 10 years, offering customers a first look at what’s headed their way at a location in Concord, North Carolina.
At the Concord location, about 25 miles from Krispy Kreme’s Global Product and Innovation Center in Charlotte, and soon (in 2020) at 45 new shops across the country, doughnut fans will be able to customize doughnuts to their taste, choosing from five glazes, 10 toppings and five different flavors of “drizzle” — and taking them home in packs of three or six.
They can also enjoy Krispy Kreme’s new Original Glazed Doughnut-infused ice cream in two different ways: in hand-spun milkshakes that are topped with whipped cream and a miniature glazed doughnut and come in a variety of flavors (Vanilla Glazed, Double Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Classic Strawberry, and OREO Cookies & Kreme) or in “scoop sandwiches,” in which the ice cream is nestled between two halves of a sliced doughnut and then augmented with toppings and drizzles. The doughnut ice cream sandwiches come in a variety of flavors as well: Vanilla Sprinkled, Triple Chocolate, Cookies & Kreme, Vanilla Chip, Chocolatey Caramel Coconut and Vanilla Fruity Crunch.
In addition to the additional menu options, the new stores will include updated displays and interactive elements, an enhanced doughnut theater in which customers can watch the entire doughnut-making process, and customer-service features like online ordering and delivery. Existing Krispy Kreme locations will also be upgraded to reflect the chain’s new look and features.
“This new shop experience honors the heritage of Krispy Kreme while at the same time acknowledging and addressing the rising expectations of our customers,” Andy Skehan, president (North America) of Krispy Kreme, told the press. “From our time-tested process of producing the world’s most loved doughnuts to our new Original Glazed Doughnut-infused ice cream, we’re very excited for what the future holds.”
Doughnut aficionados are apparently excited, too — clamoring on social media for Krispy Kreme to open souped-up shops in locations as diverse as “Fort Oglethorpe, GA,” “Salem va,” “East Rutherford, NJ,” “the north side [of] chicago” and “south Broken Arrow Oklahoma. ”
“Those ice cream sandwiches need to be brought everywhere!!” tweeted one hungry customer.
Note to Krispy Kreme: The novelty-seeking doughnut fans are getting restless.
Krispy Kreme to Unleash Doughnut Sundaes in Japan
Krispy Kreme in Japan has announced that they are adding doughnut sundaes to their menu. According to a press release (via Google Translate), the Japanese version of the sundaes — or "donut ice" — look far more composed than their American equivalent (which is only available at select locations), and will be created in two flavors: caramel and blueberry.
The "donut caramel ice and yogurt" features cold vanilla ice cream on top of a warm glazed doughnut and is topped with caramel sauce, "salty caramel popcorn," and almonds. The "donut ice and blueberry yogurt" concoction also features vanilla ice cream atop a warm glazed doughnut but is more breakfast-like, with blueberry sauce and granola toppings. Other people have previously used Krispy Kreme doughnuts as buns in novelty sandwiches like this cheeseburger and sloppy joe, but this creation is from the doughnut purveyor itself. The sundaes will only be available in 43 stores from April 23 through July 14.
How To Decide Which Doughnut Will Stay
In order to declare which Reese's doughnut is your favorite, head over to social media and share your most creative review. This isn't just your ordinary tweet or Instagram comment, we're talking about choreographing a dance, painting a mural, writing a song, etc. Use the #TheGreataste and #KrispyKreme and don't forget to tag @krispykreme on social.
In August, Krispy Kreme will announce which Reese’s doughnut will become a permanent menu item, along with an exclusive offer you won’t want to miss.
New Krispy Kreme premium range includes sakura and matcha green tea doughnut cakes
Krispy Kreme Japan has given us some gorgeous seasonal delights for Christmas and Halloween, but this year they’re re-writing the rules with a whole new type of doughnut release aimed at a more high-end luxury type of market.
Called the Krispy Kreme Premium range, this collection of doughnuts has been styled to represent a set of mini cakes, complete with generous fillings and cute embellishments. There are four doughnuts to choose from, including the Krispy Kreme Premium Brulee Glazed Cream, which is filled with a light and fluffy whipped cream centre that’s said to contrast beautifully with the crispy glazed topping.
There’s also a Krispy Kreme Premium Latte Bunny, styled on their popular bunny doughnut from last year’s Easter collection. This one adds the more refined taste of rich latte to the cutely decorated doughnut, which comes with a pair of flaky biscuit ears, a topping of flaked roast almonds and a cute red bow tie.
Adding some traditional Japanese flavour to the range is the Krispy Kreme Premium Matcha Azuki, which comes with a decadent green-tea flavoured whipped cream and sweet adzuki red bean paste filling. The luxurious treat is topped off with a matcha green tea glaze and a dusting of gold powder.
Rounding off the collection is another iconic Japanese flavour, the Krispy Kreme Premium Sakura, which combines cherry paste with a strawberry, raspberry and cranberry puree in its filling, to create a delicious mix of sweet and tart flavours. Served with a generous dollop of whipped cream in its centre, the doughnut comes complete with a shiny pink glaze, which makes it perfect for enjoying at springtime hanami cherry blossom viewing parties.
Despite their premium label, these delicious doughnuts are very reasonably priced at 280 yen each. Alternatively, a set of four can be purchased as a “Krispy Kreme Premium Box” for 1,120 yen.
To add to their exclusive appeal, the doughnuts are only available to purchase from the Krispy Kreme JR Nagoya Takashimaya store in Aichi Prefecture. While the Premium Brulee Glazed Cream will be available at the store year-round, the sakura and bunny varieties will only be on sale until April 11, while the matcha doughnut will be available until May 30.
Store Information Krispy Kreme JR Nagoya Takashimaya / クリスピー・クリーム・ドーナツ・ジェイアール名古屋タカシマヤ店 Address: Aichi-ken, Nagoya-shi, Nakamura-ku, Meieki 1-1-4, JR Nagoya Takashimaya 1F North Block 愛知県名古屋市中村区名駅1-1-4ジェイアール名古屋タカシマヤ1F北ブロック Open: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Website (Japanese)
Source: Krispy Kreme Press Release
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Japanese Snack Reviews
Before all the Krispy Kreme haters jump on the soap boxes and start to talk about how bad the donuts are or how they are the nutritional scourge of all human civilization, and how I am a total idiot for forking over my hard-earned cash for buying these, let me say that they were a gift. Personally, the only Krispy Kremes I like are the original glazed, and even then occasionally. I actually like Mister Donut more, though I can't say that I eat donuts often or am an aficionado of them necessarily. No, my husband is the one who adores donuts. He even dreams about them from time to time, but that's a story for an entirely other sort of blog.
These donuts are on sale at Krisipy Kreme branches in Japan from January 21 to March 14. The reason the sale ends so late is because of the clever way in which Valentine's Day was essentially cleaved in two as a sweets buying fest. The Japanese have women give men sweets on February 14 and the men give women sweets on March 14 for "White Day." The donuts are meant to cover all the available holiday sweet treats territory so that Krispy Kreme doesn't have to come up with any more specialty items.
The donut on the left is a "mocha chocolate heart". It didn't fare very well in transit. You can see that the whipped cream frosting smeared all over the wax paper that was meant to keep it safe and sound. The topping is bitter chocolate cookie "crunch". The truth is that it isn't very crunchy or very bitter, but rather more firm and soft. It's like stale cookies. The frosting is coffee-flavored whipped cream and the streaks of brown coating are just some sort of coffee flavored white chocolate stuff.
The mocha chocolate heart smells like coffee and caramel, though there is no caramel in it. It's not very sweet and has a mild coffee flavor and no chocolate flavor that I could detect. I didn't take a picture of the inside of the donut because there's nothing in there but more donut. This is pretty "bready", though the yeast donut flavor certainly isn't bad. I like whipped cream-based frosting, but this was all texture and little taste. While I have no issues with a less sweet donut, I wish the flavors were more multi-layered and/or intense. I will note that a round version of this particular mix of ingredients was available at some point in Krispy Kreme Japan's history, and it was just as unimpressive in its previous incarnation.
The donut on the right is a "strawberry double heart." The pink coating, which is also like a colored white chocolate in that it is firm rather than soft like frosting or icing, is made with Polish senga sengana strawberries as are the little freeze dried bits of strawberry on one side. There's a white chocolate heart stuck on the right side, which is where the "double heart" name comes from. This donut smelled of strawberry in a good way. It also had a reasonable though relatively weak strawberry flavor including a hint of tartness. The underlying donut was fresh and yeasty, but, again, there is no filling in it. This is definitely the better of these two donuts.
Both of these donuts are 180 yen (about $2) each and not bad as long as they are fresh. However, the flavor is just really weak on both of them and the textural elements pretty "blah". I wouldn't buy these and I wouldn't recommend them over other types of more flavorful donuts from Krispy Kreme. These are clearly made for style over substance, and the mocha one seriously does not travel well, so it's unlikely to look pretty for a recipient.
Most baked goods with any sort of glaze or frosting have been altered to reduce the sugar and increase the fat for the Japanese market. One of the reasons that Japanese sweets are sometimes as high or higher in calories than American sweets despite having less sugar is the higher fat content of those sweets. Sugar, like salt, can intensify and carry flavor (which is why humans tend to like sugary and salty things). If you reduce the sugar, you've got to enhance flavor through other methods and that so often doesn't happen in Japan and Krispy Kreme joins a long line of pastry makers who haven't adjusted the flavor profile while reducing the sugar.
We don't have a krispy kreme in perth, only one in sydney and melbourne i think. But they have such a reputation here, a couple of people i know have jetted over for the weekend just to buy their donuts and came home again!
I'm not that crazy. donut king will have to do. :)
These might have been nicer with custard in the middle do you think? To break up the bread-y-ness.
Yeah, I think they needed something in the middle - jelly, custard, whipped cream. I think that the breadiness isn't the issue so much as the lack of flavor and some sort of filling would have added another dimension.
I have never had Krispy Kreme, should I make the trip to just try one?
The only doughnut I am really fond of is Yamazaki and the cake doughnut from Mr. D = )
Calorie-hungry Japan lines up for taste of America's doughnuts
TOKYO - After years of staying slim on a humble diet of fish, vegetables and rice, Japanese are developing a sweet tooth. That's proving a business opportunity for Krispy Kreme and other fast-food chains from the U.S., home of the Big Gulp and supersized fries.
Since opening in December, Japan's first Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. store is drawing long lines for an hourlong wait or longer just to get in. In the first three days, 10,000 people came to the shop.
"The texture was fluffy and sticky, unlike any other doughnut," said Yoji Yahagi, 22, who stood in line with his girlfriend to eat two chocolate doughnuts each.
The couple is typical of a growing number of Japanese who are gobbling up doughnuts, ice cream, pastries and other calorie-rich goodies. Food writer Mei Hojo says health-conscious eating remains a big trend in Japan, but it has also produced a bit of a backlash - especially for American-style food.
"People aren't satiated. That's why they are going for doughnuts and ice cream. It's a search for satiation," said Hojo, who wrote "Super Calorie Recipes."
Krispy Kreme isn't the only American chain riding on Japan's latest binge.
Earlier this year, McDonald's Corp. got such rave reviews for the Mega Mac, selling at a brisk 1.7 million in four days, it's bringing back the four-patty burger in April and May.
Cold Stone Creamery, which arrived in Japan in 2005, has also been a hit. It promised "the ultimate indulgence" in ice cream, tossing in fruit, cookies and nuts. The chain is opening three stores in Japan in March and two more in April, bringing the total here to 13.
And with enthusiasm running high for American food, Burger King Corp. plans to return this summer.
It withdrew from Japan in 2001 after a price war with McDonald's.
The move toward tummy-filling meals has also been a plus for Japanese companies making supersize noodles, ice cream and deluxe burgers.
The trend is so widespread Japanese coined the phrase "in-your-face-food" to describe it, underlining an apparent desire to escape the stresses of a health-conscious regimen and let go for a change.
"Perhaps behind it is the human psychology that sometimes you crave in-your-face-food to forget about counting calories," top business daily The Nikkei reported recently.
The shift is ironic coming at a time when Americans are turning to Japanese food like sushi and tofu in an effort to stay trim. Japanese are far skinnier on average than the American population, according to World Health Organization statistics.
Although concern about obesity is increasing here, it has not reached the epidemic levels of the U.S. Cold Stone Creamery downsized its servings for the Japanese market.
"People are eating sweets and chocolate on this high-calorie fad. But they're also keeping their intake down in other areas," said food expert Naoki Nomura, an adviser at the government-funded Japan External Trade Organization, which promotes trade and investment.
Krispy Kreme faces other American-style doughnut chains, including Mister Donut, the sector leader in Japan.
The lines that once formed outside Doughnut Plant, another U.S. chain that arrived in Japan in 2004, have long disappeared, and Dunkin' Donuts was forced to withdraw in 1998.
For Krispy Kreme, Japan is part of a comeback strategy. The chain, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., saw its stock collapse two years ago under the weight of overexpansion in the U.S., an accounting probe and the low-carb diet craze.
New management has been improving margins, and the overseas expansion is part of a revival plan announced earlier this year.
But experts warn that Japan's fascination with gutsy food could be a passing fad.
"Japanese are obsessed with what's novel and eye-catching," said Hikaru Hayashi, senior researcher at think-tank Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living. Smart marketing draws instant crowds in Tokyo, but only some products survive the test of time, he said.
Some people thronging Krispy Kreme said they had heard so much talk in magazines and TV shows, they were checking out what the buzz was about - like hospital worker Tomoko Izawa, 33, who was rushing to a baby shower clutching a big bag filled with 30 doughnuts.
Krispy Kreme has created doughnuts for the Japanese market, such as cherry-filling for blossom-viewing season and heart-shaped frosting for that popular cute look, but has kept the basic recipes unchanged.
Like the stores in the U.S., visitors here watch through a glass window a machine roll off doughnuts on a shiny conveyor belt, offering what officials say is entertainment in addition to tasty treats, which have about 250 calories each for a glazed doughnut.
"Sure, it's not really health-conscious, but this isn't about that," said Krispy Kreme Doughnut Japan Co. Chief Executive Shinji Kosaka.
Nomura says the eateries that do well in Japan are those that promote a fashionable image.
The same people who are snatching up Krispy Kreme doughnuts are also going to the gym to work out the calories, as well as going to foreign language lessons, aesthetic salons and romantic restaurants - all to enjoy a slice of a fairy-tale lifestyle, he said.
"People have seen that big doughnut box in Hollywood movies at executives' meetings," Nomura said. "It's a chance to experience that kind of American culture Japanese people fantasize about."
Krispy Kreme Celebrates the Newest Mars Rover Landing With a Rare Doughnut
Valentine&aposs Day is finally behind us, but there&aposs an even bigger event set to take place in just a matter of days. Obviously, I&aposm referring to the impending landing of NASA&aposs Perseverance Rover on Mars, which single and partnered people alike can admit is a fairly big deal.
While probably not as marketable of a holiday as other occasions, Krispy Kreme has nonetheless deemed the rover&aposs arrival on Mars (bringing the first helicopter to hover over the red planet&aposs surface, no less) an event worthy of its own limited-edition doughnut.
Given that doughnuts don&apost exist on Mars (at least as far as we know), Krispy Kreme&aposs taken some creative liberties in their homage to the red planet. Specifically, they&aposve put together a caramel-iced, chocolate Kreme-filled doughnut with a "red planet swirl" and chocolate cookie crumbs, which may not be enough to tide you over on a six-and-a-half month journey from earth to Mars, but still probably tastes pretty good.
And while there are no humans landing on Mars this time around, a certain group of Earthlings can score a pretty sweet deal during the one-day doughnut event. Any one of the almost 11 million people who participated in NASA&aposs "Send Your Name to Mars" program will be entitled to a free Mars Doughnut on February 18th, the date Perseverance is scheduled to make contact with Mars&apos Jezero Crater. Simply show your NASA-issued Perseverance "boarding pass," proving that your name is traveling to Mars to redeem.
Though the Perseverance&aposs mission will go on for a bit longer, the Mars Doughnut itself will only land at Krispy Kremes for one day, making it more of a shooting star than a planet, if you think about it. Still, this is one out-of-this-world doughnut that you won&apost want to pass up, especially since it&aposs probably the closest you&aposll ever actually get to Mars.