Word had filtered down the pipeline that Krispy Kreme, purveyor of thousand-calorie snacks, had teamed up with that other North Carolina institution, Cheerwine, for a special month-long treat at their Carolina stores. Faster than anybody was able to connect to the internet five years ago, I already had the location of a Krispy Kreme store in Asheville pulled up on Google Maps and was phoning them to confirm that store was participating in this promotion. Several people in our circle of friends found the news and forwarded it my way. “I heard about that,” I wrote a half-dozen times, anticipation rising. “I can’t wait ’til we go to Asheville.” It got to the point that I was looking forward to a damn doughnut almost as much as the rest of our vacation.
Several years ago, a fellow on a message board that I visit once described Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts as “sugar-engorged lard pucks.” He’s absolutely right, but I like the darn things anyway. We’ve already discussed in this blog how good Cheerwine is, and how it can be used to make a quite decent milkshake. I figured that the two great tastes here would go together better than any two since Reese’s mixed chocolate and peanut butter. And I was right. The creme is mixed very well and it tastes just like a rich, cherry-flavor-filled doughnut should.
I’m not sure there’s a whole heck of a lot more to say. We got a dozen – actually we got eleven and a lemon creme, because Marie likes to be contrary – and enjoyed three right then. Then we continued down Patton Avenue to our hotel and stuck those bad boys in the fridge. They made splendid late-night snacks and early-morning breakfasts, and we even brought one back for our daughter, who missed this trip since she was away at camp. The next time that Krispy Kreme offers these treats, you should take that as your heads-up to visit North Carolina.