I never got on board with the Krispy Kreme fad. My mom loved them. Whenever we would take trips to Chicago, we would make a little detour to this exact store on Cicero Avenue not far from Interstate 294 or Interstate 57. I always thought they were good, but I didn’t go crazy. My mom would buy several dozen boxes and take them home. If her co-workers were lucky, she might even share. Oh sure, I would eat them, but I wouldn’t go nuts over them like so many others.
On Thanksgiving Day, J and I were leaving her parents in Chicago to head to my parents south of the city. We were driving down Cicero like we always do and we started talking about lunch. It was 9:30 or so when we left and neither of us had breakfast. J assumed we were eating around noon. When I said it was going to be later in the afternoon, she suggested hitting a drive thru. It just so happened we were in sight of the Krispy Kreme sign. She suggested getting some doughnuts and I didn’t argue.
Krispy Kreme sits near the corner of Cicero and 147th Street. When we pulled up, the “Hot Doughnuts” sign wasn’t flashing which was a little disappointing. If you’ve ever been to a Krispy Kreme, you know how cool it is to see the doughnuts being made right in front of you. At all the stores, they have an open kitchen that is separated from the dining room by glass, but you can see the entire process. Things were quiet this particular morning. There were a couple people eating in the store and only one lady working. Since we were heading to my family’s Thanksgiving, we picked up a dozen doughnuts. It’s almost cheaper to get the dozen than just get a couple and they won’t go to waste. Even though they weren’t fresh off the line, you can fake it at home by tossing them in the microwave for a few seconds.
We got our dozen doughnuts and headed out. The 12 doughnuts cost right around seven bucks. What makes Krispy Kreme doughnuts different from other chains is the yeast. Most doughnut shops make cake doughnuts, but Krispy Kreme uses more of a bread dough. It makes the doughnuts light and airy. The glazed are the original Krispy Kreme and by far my favorite. We got to my brothers and everyone looked a little surprised to see us with breakfast. I know J and I dug in, but everyone else was hesitant at first. Not because they don’t like Krispy Kreme, but because they knew they were in for caloric overload.
Krispy Kreme isn’t as hard to find as it once was. In fact, they suffered from expanding too rapidly a few years ago and some franchisees were running into problems getting stores built. The over saturation has made them a little less desirable, but still the best doughnuts out there and a special treat every now and then.