Doughnut Versus Donut

I spent much of my adult life in Dunkin’ Donuts country (aka Massachusetts). My idea of the perfect doughnut was forged by the variety of delicious treats that graced the shelves of my local Dunkin’ Donuts establishment.

I loved to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts on my way to work for a cup of hot coffee and a doughnut. But I admit that I’d rarely tasted any other establishment’s doughnuts, so I had little by way of comparison.

Around 20 years ago I was on a business trip in North Carolina. An associate of mine who lived in the area picked me up early one morning at the hotel and, as we were driving to the meeting, I asked him if he knew where the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts was.

He gave me a quizzical look because he was unfamiliar with Dunkin’ Donuts. “You want to stop and get a doughnut?” he asked. “There’s a Krispy Kreme near here. We can stop there.”

I’d never heard of Krispy Kreme before, but since I hadn’t had time for coffee or to eat anything before he picked me up, I agreed.

My world was rocked that morning. Never had I experienced anything as light and airy as a Krispy Kreme doughnut. It was like eating a sweet, delicious, glazed cloud.

Sorry Dunkin’. We had a good thing going, but your heavy, cakey doughnuts don’t cut it next to those incredibly delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Especially when they’re fresh and hot from the cooker. Oh yum!

That said, the coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts is better than the coffee at Krispy Kreme. Sadly, where I live now in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme Doughnut stores are few and far between. But there are great cupcakes shops galore, so I’m surviving.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt — my first of the year — where today’s word, suggested by Liz Husebye Hartmann, is “donut.”

28 thoughts on “Doughnut Versus Donut

  1. larry trasciatti January 12, 2023 / 11:40 am

    I’ve always enjoyed both but now I live near only Dunkin’ Donuts, and no Krispy Kreme

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong January 12, 2023 / 11:42 am

    Dunkin’s donuts last longer than Krispy. The KK donuts are great when they are right off the shelf, but are inedible a few hours later whereas, although a bit stale, DDs are edible the next morning. Just saying. Krispy abandoned New England. They came, they were eaten, they left. Too much competition. Between DD and all the independent shops, it was probably a wise decision.

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    • Fandango January 12, 2023 / 11:49 am

      Yes, KK doughnuts are wicked good right out of the cooker. I once saw packaged KK doughnuts in a grocery store and they were very disappointing.

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      • Marilyn Armstrong January 12, 2023 / 3:26 pm

        They are ONLY good when they are absolutely fresh. Also, kind of a bit greasy, at least for my stomach. I don’t digest fats well.

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      • Lauren January 14, 2023 / 2:02 pm

        15 seconds in the microwave returns them to heavenly deliciousness.


  3. rugby843 January 12, 2023 / 11:44 am

    I think cookie shops and cupcake shops took over for donuts.  They are not my cup of tea.  Btw I grew up spelling it doughnuts, think it’s an east coast thing😂

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  4. Lou Carreras January 12, 2023 / 11:46 am

    Luckily there is an independent shop near me so I don’t have to eat the dreck that DD has become. they used to be truly good donuts, but now they are frozen shipped in and warmed up; yecch!

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  5. Michael January 12, 2023 / 11:47 am

    We have a fantastic krispy cream place just not far from here and you can go into the place and watch them come straight off the conveyor belt freshly Fried. When they 1st opened you could get 12 free for every other dozen that you bought. So now you had 24 doughnuts when you didn’t need one.

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  6. Marleen January 12, 2023 / 11:59 am

    I had a donut this morning (by chance), hardly ever do.

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  7. willowdot21 January 12, 2023 / 12:18 pm

    Good job I don’t live there 😀😀😀💜💜💜

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  8. Paula Light January 12, 2023 / 12:51 pm

    I’m a weirdo and would rather have a dense donut than the KK fluffies!

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  9. Liz H January 12, 2023 / 12:58 pm

    However you spell it, it’s gonna be one of many kinds of wonderful. We have a small bakery in Nordeast Mpls, MN called Sarah Jane’s, and for my money, their donuts/doughnuts/pastries are the best ever!
    Thanks for the nod to my prompt & blog!

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  10. poetisatinta January 12, 2023 / 1:19 pm

    Great post but homemade doughnuts are the ones for me 🙂

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  11. ganga1996 January 12, 2023 / 1:30 pm

    We lived next to the first Dunkin Donuts in Quincy and it hooked our family to the coffee 😊.

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    • Fandango January 12, 2023 / 9:28 pm

      No, I can’t say that I have. Are they like donut holes?


  12. Sadje January 12, 2023 / 6:38 pm

    I used to like Dunkin’ and later I tried Krispy but now if I want a donut, I buy from a local store, Bonton. Excellent doughnuts

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  13. Nope, Not Pam January 12, 2023 / 6:55 pm

    And cannabis infused marshmellow

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    • Marleen January 12, 2023 / 7:15 pm

      I made brownies with hashish — once, I think. I’m not totally happy with this new thc concentrate (often in cardboard edibles).

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  14. jai January 12, 2023 / 9:12 pm

    We have an Irish Maid donut shop where I live, and for my money, they’re much better than Dunkin’. And like others above wrote, KKs are only good fresh.

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  15. Maria Michaela January 13, 2023 / 3:44 am

    I find Krispy Kreme donuts to be too sweet so I’ve always preferred Dunkin. And yes, their coffee is definitely the best!

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  16. Americaoncoffee January 15, 2023 / 8:22 am

    The battle of the Do Nuts is a delicious one indeed.


  17. leigha66 January 29, 2023 / 6:14 pm

    I still miss the popular donuts of my youth – Spudnuts, potato donuts. Either that or the homemade donut holes dad made on rare occasions shaken in a paper grocery sack with powdered sugar. Yum!

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