Monday, June 27, 2005

Krappy Kreme "frozen blend"


coffee week, day 1

(note: this item is only loosely "coffee-related") prologue: Krispy Kreme’s donuts blow. Now they have a crappy frozen drink too. (Actually, they’ve had it since July ‘04, but in limited release.) No surprise, it's already tanking, which you can tell cuz they’re trying to drum up biz w/ 2-for-1 coupons. (if only the DMN would come to the rescue w/ a big story like they did when krispy kreme first came to town: "donut shop opens!") Frozen blends (catchy!) consist of powder blended w/ ice -- another gross-tasting sbux clone, except this doesn’t even have coffee mixed in. There’s choc, coffee, raspberry, and something called original kreme, described as a "drinkable version of the company’s signature donut" but which is really pretty much vanilla.

28 Comments:

At June 27, 2005 10:05 AM, Anonymous ms. ery said...

tg: you've linked us to some great items today. especially liked the story about how the media falls all over itself every time krispy kreme opens a store in a new town. kind of similar to the way the media falls all over itself every time star bucks opens a store on a new block or comes out with a new drink.

 
At June 27, 2005 10:10 AM, Anonymous ms. ery said...

one more thought: in the media over-hyping story, one writer was quoted as saying the reason the media blows up the krispy kreme openings was to show it was still everyman enough to care about a doughnut shop. could the reason media people over-hype star bucks be to show they are quote/unquote sophisticated and savvy?

 
At June 27, 2005 10:12 AM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

add reality tv to the media over-hyping list.

 
At June 27, 2005 10:12 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

don't forget central market

 
At June 27, 2005 10:37 AM, Blogger TG said...

ms. ery! shame shame! uttering bad words about starbucks on the NYCE site!

actually the much more common story rut that the media settles into when it comes to sbux is the trite old "will this new sbux destroy our local coffeehouses?!" which is a joke, since none of them existed until some shmo went to the west coast and came back with the "novel" idea of opening a coffeehouse. try doing a google search (as i just did) and see how few stories say how awful krispy kreme donuts are. it's all gush gush, whereas there are plenty of starbucks sourpusses like yourself out there

 
At June 27, 2005 10:49 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I don't see stories in the paper every time a sbux opens. But this writer who says it's a "common man" thing is full of shit. The media wants to appear hip to any new thing that comes down the block, whether it merits it or not. It's an ego trip disguised as a "pop culture" story.

In addition, krispy kreme's practice of sending dozens and dozens of free donuts to media outlets before its stores open gets it plenty of coverage. How can an entire office of journalists consume that much of a company's product and not be compelled to write about it, whether driven by the need to appear hip or driven by guilt? KK's a mediocre donut place, at best, but its marketing is brilliant.

 
At June 27, 2005 10:53 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg: i do not consider sbux a coffeehouse. that to me is a '50s type place where the walls weren't stacked with PRODUCTS and you could g.. d... SMOKE!

 
At June 27, 2005 10:54 AM, Blogger TG said...

and i use "sourpuss" in only the most respecful manner. i welcome all starbucks sourpusses, just as a member of the church of scientology looks forward to the opportunity to submit their acquaintances to "personality tests" heh heh

 
At June 27, 2005 10:56 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

right on ms.ery! what's a cup of coffee without a cigarette? it's probably because they don't understand the pairing of caffeine and nicotine that the chichi sbux set has to have froufrou additions to their coffee

 
At June 27, 2005 11:02 AM, Blogger TG said...

ms. ery, i hear your point about the product display. but hey, at least those coffee mugs sport nice design (as opposed to bad paintings by local "artists").

sorry to say, smokers are a hunted breed (krispy kreme doesn't let 'em in either!). but as a nonsmoking coffee fan, i don't automatically associate coffee with cigs. just to give you the other point of view...

 
At June 27, 2005 11:02 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Yeah, SMOKE! I don't know if this place still exists, but karma cafe on fry street in denton was a real coffee house. all the kids sat around, some played bongos and some droning instrument occasionally, an espresso cost 50 cents and the air was THICK with acrid smoke. so thick, in fact, that you could smoke a joint and nobody would ever know.

 
At June 27, 2005 11:07 AM, Blogger TG said...

twistedlink, do you suppose that your second-hand exposure to those "joints" led to your current needle habit?

 
At June 27, 2005 11:14 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Yeah, I put that blame squarely on karma cafe. Before I went in there, i wasn't doing anything but coke (and an occasional huff of freon).

 
At June 27, 2005 11:15 AM, Anonymous mary worth said...

twisted: i'd like you to test your discerning donut palate with the ones you can make at home WITHOUT A DEEP-FRYER!!! just get a package of your favorite type of refrigerator biscuits. flatten them a little and cut holes in the center. then heat about 1/4-inch of UNSATURATED oil in a skillet, add biscuits, without crowding, brown one side, turn and brown the other. roll in powdered or granulated sugar and eat them while they are hot.

 
At June 27, 2005 11:21 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I usually go for beignets, and this sounds like an East Texas version of them. Next time I get really really high, i'll be sure to try this.

 
At June 27, 2005 11:30 AM, Anonymous mary worth said...

twisted: for beignets, cut the biscuits into triangle and definitely use the powdered sugar.

 
At June 27, 2005 11:32 AM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

I KNOW the history of doughnuts!

 
At June 27, 2005 11:38 AM, Anonymous w.c. fields said...

nicotine is also a superlative complement to alcohol, especially bourbon and red wine

 
At June 27, 2005 11:39 AM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

AND PURINIA. NOTHING'S BETTER THAN A CIG AFTER A BOWL OF KIBBLE.

 
At June 27, 2005 11:40 AM, Anonymous matt l. said...

tom: but do you understand the PSYCHOLOGY behind the craving for donuts?

 
At June 27, 2005 11:41 AM, Anonymous mae west said...

the best ones are after sex!

 
At June 27, 2005 11:52 AM, Anonymous Bill Clinton said...

A good cigar can be quite nice DURING sex.

 
At June 27, 2005 12:07 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

tg: i am wondering about that frozen krispy kreme blend. just can't imagine a cold doughnut drink. do you think if you took ms. worth's refrigerated biscuits and put them in the freezer for awhile that you might get a comparable blend?

 
At June 27, 2005 12:08 PM, Anonymous mae west said...

bill: come up and see me sometime

 
At June 27, 2005 12:26 PM, Blogger Scott--DFW said...

Doughnuts in liquid form. I wonder if they got the idea from Homaro Cantu's doughnut soup.

http://lthforum.com/bb/
viewtopic.php?t=2704&highlight=

Scott

 
At June 27, 2005 12:46 PM, Blogger TG said...

scott - whoa! that link is great. i love the french toast w/ the "hot blueberry"

meanwhile i just went back and read your comment on the pepp farm whims - exhaustive as ever! marc, the indian scout of nyce, speculated that those clusters would be the best of that bunch; your writeup saves everyone a few $

 
At June 27, 2005 9:29 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

thanks to scott's tip, i did a goodle seach. for an exhaustive report on dinner at moto see atourtable.blogspot.com/2005/04/have-you-tried-doughnut-soup-18-unique.html

this blogger actually compares the soup to krispy kreme. she liked it, but not the kentucky fried ice cream

note to twisted: some moto dishes come with injectors

 
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