**Please check with suppliers and your local Krispy Kreme to ensure “nut free” is to the standard you are comfortable with as not all products are from a nut-free facility.**
Words that are magic to a nut allergic mama’s heart. Forget all other ingredients, when you want to indulge in a sweet and sticky doughnut or take the kids for a special treat, it can be really hard when 3 out of 5 family members have tree nut allergies. With mild enough allergies not seeming to be affected by “could be processed on equipment” we can hazard a stop at several doughnut shops but even that is truly running a risk. You just never know what could end up in that “processed on equipment doughnut”. Krispy Kreme to the rescue. They invited us into their Havertown Store location for a doughnut brunch to see what is up with the newly re-vamped business. One of the focus areas is fundraising.
(Update: 1/16/17 – Krispy Kreme currently is using facilities that are not nut-free. Please call to verify before visiting with allergies.)
At our Krispy Kreme Blogger Brunch in Havertown on Wednesday we learned quite a few things about Krispy Kreme – most important to our ears is the nut-free fact. The Havertown Krispy Kreme location is brand new and because it is quite small they do not have space to make their “hot and fresh” doughnuts on site – so sad. They do have a small station where they freshly glaze the original Krispy Kreme doughnut though.
Some die-hard Krispy Kreme fans may remember when Krispy Kreme seemed to be in every major city when with low numbers they seemed to disappear almost overnight. After re-working the business they are coming back on a smaller scale and will be starting to expand as the business is successful. Two Philly guys bought the local franchise and are making their mark one doughnut at time, one shop at a time.
One of the areas Krispy Kreme is strongly involved in is fundraising. With so many fundraiser opportunities out there, there are also a lot I just have no interest in. I would however gladly give $9 for a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, buy a bag of coffee, or a coupon booklet of Buy One Get One coupons. Why? Because it’s a special treat. I can’t walk into the grocery store and buy a Krispy Kreme doughnut, let alone a nut free doughnut that comes close in many cases. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are great because the return is quick. You don’t have to spend months setting it up then waiting for product, and you get a 50%-60% return on your fundraising efforts.
The boys and I had fun meeting up with other blogger friends and learning more about what is going on in the world of Krispy Kreme. Not gonna lie, real food or not, I do love Krispy Kreme, and really, everything in moderation is my goal. The boys and I sampled all sorts of donuts but the star for me was the Key Lime Cheesecake doughnut. Good thing Krispy Kreme is still about 25 minutes away or I would be there way too much. I also loved that their lattes don’t come all sugar’ed up. It’s nice being able to get a straight latter to complement the sugary doughnut. The boys weren’t huge fans of the hot chocolate but the samples of frozen hot chocolate and berry chillers we were given hit the spot.
Each guest walked away with a sample bag of Krispy Kreme coffee, a travel mug, t-shirt and a dozen donuts. Don’t ask. They’re gone.
For more fun pictures of our adventure, check out Instagram.