Dueling Doughnuts Coming to Houston, Paddle Faster

The other day it was announced that after a half dozen years of being turned off the “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign of Krispy Kreme would once again shine over the Houston market.

This sweet news of the return of hot flowing glaze followed the recent expansion of Dunkin Donuts into the Houston market setting up a bit of a duel between two gooey glazed blasts from my past.

As was the case with the announcement of Dunkin Donuts arrival, the Krispy Kreme announcement was met with many locals decrying the move by saying that they would stick with their own home grown chain of doughnut stores.

Less than an hour after learning that there was a Dunkin Donuts within 15 miles of me this magical dozen was sitting in my car. Photo R. Anderson

Less than an hour after learning that there was a Dunkin Donuts within 15 miles of me this magical dozen was sitting in my car.
Photo R. Anderson

Having tried the doughnuts at the favorite of many locals I say welcome Dunkin and Krispy Kreme your presence has been missed.

I was discussing this very fact with a coworker who also lived in Florida and was longing for the return of Krispy Kreme when another coworker mentioned that a Dunkin Donuts had opened up around 15 miles away.

Since it was lunch time, and I was already craving doughnuts after the discussion about Krispy Kreme I decided that I would visit this newly opened Dunkin Donuts.

After all, who doesn’t enjoy a nice lunch doughnut?

The doughnuts were as good as I had remembered and were washed down with a nice iced tea. I know that Dunkin Donuts prides itself on selling even more coffee than that store with the green mermaid logo but for me the real beverage treat there is the iced tea.

Of course the doughnuts made me crave Krispy Kreme even more despite having them about a month ago in Dallas. Hopefully the new locations are at least as close as the new Dunkin Donuts.

Unlike Dunkin Donuts though Krispy Kreme is sold in supermarkets as well so in a pinch I am sure I can get my fix on some cold doughnuts once they arrive back in the market.

Now while I truly believe that Dunkin Donuts and especially Krispy Kreme offer a superior product to what was available in my side of the world before I know that part of that belief is based on those being the doughnuts I grew up with.

I can remember going to Dunkin Donuts when I lived in Maryland and visiting my grandmother who was working there. I would sit at the counter and soak in the coffee smell while stuffing my face with Munchins and other treats.

It was also during this time that I was entrusted with a Dunkin Donuts thermos. While I did not love the thermos in perhaps the same way that Steve Martin loved his thermos in the movie “The Jerk” I did like the fact that my grandmother had given me a thermos from her job.

Unfortunately the thermos, which included a glass bottle on the inside, met an early death at the hands of a clumsy classmate who knocked it off of my desk during fourth grade.

While in hindsight I want to think that I handled the loss of my prized thermos with grace and a calm demeanor I know that I was very upset at the person who knocked it over and am sure I gave him the silent treatment for at least a day.

True Krispy Kreme fans can wear their love of glazed goodness on their hips in more ways than one. Photo R. Anderson

True Krispy Kreme fans can wear their love of glazed goodness on their hips in more ways than one.
Photo R. Anderson

As for Krispy Kreme my memories of the yummy doughnuts include many late night trips in college to partake of the just out of the fryer and under the glaze fall doughnuts. There is nothing like eating a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut when it has just left the glaze and is piping hot.

Even though Krispy Kreme doughnuts are good cold, if one has the chance to eat them hot it is something one soon will not forget.

When I first moved to Texas there was a Krispy Kreme down the road from the newspaper I was working at. One day I decided that as the new kid in town I would bring a dozen glazed doughnuts for my coworkers to enjoy on pagination day as a way to break the ice.

I was surprised at the number of people who upon taking the free doughnut complained that it did not taste as good as the doughnuts from the local chain they grew up with.

However misguided the locals are about their Texas based doughnuts being the best I can’t really fault them since I tend to gravitate to the tastes I remember. Unlike the majority of them though I am able to try new things and not have the attitude of nothing from outside of Texas being any good.

With Krispy Kreme returning to the Houston market the next brand I would love to see back in my neighborhood is Krystal and their perfect little square burgers. Photo R. Anderson

With Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts returning to the Houston market the next brand I would love to see back in my neighborhood is Krystal and their perfect little square burgers.
Photo R. Anderson

But let certain people feel that only Texas born doughnuts are worthy of their taste buds. That just leaves more doughnuts for the people that did not grow up in Texas to enjoy.

After Krispy Kreme left Houston in 2006 following a dispute with the person running the franchise territory I made sure to get a Krispy Kreme fix whenever I was traveling near a town that had one.

Of course sometimes the same trip would include visits to Krispy Kreme shops in multiple states since one never really knew when the next chance to have one would arrive.

And even with the return of Krispy Kreme to Houston I am sure that I will still visit the out of state stores when the urge strikes and that “Hot Doughnut Now” sign is lit and I am drawn to the glazed goodness like a moth to the flame.

And although Dunkin Doughnuts does not have a neon doughnut sign to lure me in it will also continue to be a staple of many road trips.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some donuts to eat.

 Copyright 2013 R. Anderson

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