Two Rights Can Make a Wrong: A Review of Cheerwine-filled Krispy Kreme Donuts

You are not asleep and this is not a dream

Somehow this news got past me when it was announced in June, but it’s about the biggest thing since sliced pork: beloved NC donut makers Krispy Kreme partnered with beloved NC soft drink maker Cheerwine to produce a Cheerwine cream-filled donut.  Wow.

On paper the Cheerwine-Krispy Kreme donut is the most delicious idea to emerge in a long time, possibly ever.  Krispy Kreme donuts are a NC tradition and an international sensation.  And Cheerwine is the preferred barbecue pairing beverage aside from ice tea.  Unfortunately, whereas the sticky sweet cherry taste of Cheerwine pairs splendidly with tangy barbecue, it is an absolute disaster when turned into cream form and injected into a sticky sweet Krispy Kreme donut.  At least that is the verdict reached by my palate and the palates of the five fellow testers I employed during a recent double-non-blind taste test.  In the interest of full disclosure, none of the testers are big fans of creme-filled donuts to begin with and none much care for Krispy Kreme’s “chocolate” icing.  If you don’t trust my opinion (fair enough), see more coverage on the donut here and here; the latter link includes a terrific, if nauseating slide show.

All members of the BBQ Jew Test Crew agreed that the cream had a distinct Cheerwine taste but that it would have been much better to use that Cheerwine flavor as an icing or in the dough itself instead of in cream form.  Are you listening Krispy Kreme Korporate Kings?  Make the Cheerglaze or Cheerdough happen and I will buy a dozen, I promise.  Until then, when I crave dessert I think I will stick to my staple: the barbecue sundae.