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Krispy Kreme voted best coffee shop brand in new poll

Krispy Kreme might not even be on your radar during your daily coffee run, but maybe it should be. The fresh doughnut chain has been named 2018’s Brand of the Year for best coffee shop in the long-running Harris Poll’s 30th annual EquiTrend study, beating out other coffee competitors like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Other food and drink categories were also included in the poll. Five Guys Burgers and Fries won for best burger restaurants. A tie took place between The Cheesecake Factory and Texas Roadhouse for best casual dining. Ben & Jerry’s received honors as top ice cream and fro-yo shop. And in a bit of a surprise, Taco Bell beat out Chipotle for best Mexican restaurants. The annual study includes more than 3,000 brands across 300 categories ranging from luxury automotive to TV networks. More than 77,000 consumers are randomly asked to choose their favorite brands for familiarity, quality…

Krispy Kreme debuts new lemon doughnut for one week only

The folks at Krispy Kreme know how to keep customers coming back. People have loved the Original Glazed for decades, but it’s the string of new flavors like Nutter Butter, gingerbread and Reese’s Easter eggs that keep bringing new interest — all of which are only available for a limited time. America was asked to vote earlier this year, and after tallying more than 2 million entries, the Lemon Glazed Doughnut came out on top. The tangy treat will be available in stores for a full week, from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29. If you like the original, and you like lemon, you’ll likely love the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut. It might remind you of a lemon pound cake drizzled with icing, but in doughnut form. “There has been so much anticipation and zest for the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut, we can’t wait to share the joy with our…

Krispy Kreme introduces Reese’s Peanut Butter Donut for Easter

Doughnut lovers can look for something special in their Easter baskets with a little help from Krispy Kreme. The national doughnut chain released its Reese’s Peanut Butter Donut, and it looks great. Happy Spring! We’ve got a spring surprise for you: the new Reese’s Peanut Butter Doughnut with Peanut Butter Kreme filling is available at participating shops today! 🐣 (US) pic.twitter.com/mO3KhV2lxJ — krispykreme (@krispykreme) March 20, 2018 The doughnut is filled with a Reese’s peanut butter “kreme” with a special Hershey’s chocolate icing. Top it with chopped peanuts, add some yellow and blue icing, and it looks just like an Easter egg. It’s only available for a limited time. In other baked good news, Krispy Kreme will add a lemon glaze doughnut, but it’s only available for one week. Lemon edged maple, blueberry and caramel in an Internet vote earlier this year, and it will be on sale from April…

Office workers consume a shocking number of extra calories in snacks every year

Glazed donuts, pretzels, salted peanuts. What is it about a 9-5 desk job that makes you want to eat all the darn time? You barely finish breakfast before your stomach is rumbling for a mid-morning snack or lunch. And let’s not even talk about those late afternoon hunger pangs. Whether it’s boredom or temptation that has you giving in to the slice of cake, the calories consumed present a huge cause for concern. According to a recent survey by Dutch food brand Kallø, all of those extra calories add up to a shocking 100,000 extra calories every year for the average woman. Your eyes probably just popped a little bit, and you might have even put down that potato chip — and that’s a good thing. All those extra calories are, of course, seriously adding to your waistline. 100,000 calories is the equivalent to eating 193 double cheeseburgers or 502 bars of chocolate. If you go…

Where to find free donuts on National Donut Day

If there’s one good thing these national food holidays give us, it’s plenty of freebies. This year will mark the 79th anniversary of National Donut Day — a day with a pretty awesome past, actually. Unlike many national food holidays, Donut Day dates back decades to WWI and celebrates the women who served the fried sweets to soldiers on the front lines in France. In celebration of these ladies, here’s where to score free donuts this Friday: Dunkin Donuts Get a free donut with any drink purchase. Krispy Kreme Receive a free donut of your choice — any donut — on the house. No purchase necessary. Tim Horton’s Mention National Donut Day and receive a classic donut for free with purchase of any hot or iced coffee. Lamar’s Donuts Present this coupon to receive a free donut. Select cities are also handing out travel mugs. Cumberland Farms This East Coast chain is…

National Doughnut Day More than Modern Marketing Ploy, Dates Back to WWI

It’s hard not to be jaded about national food holidays nowadays. With roughly 450 current food holidays announced, there’s one for every day of the year, and then some. Most of these days tend to be created by those who stand to directly financially benefit from the public awareness and media attention such a day can bring. For example, National Drive-Thru Day was the brainchild of the fast food chain Jack in the Box while National Peanut Butter Day was created by the National Peanut Board. New holidays are reviewed by a small committee, and the creator is charged up to $4,000. But if there is one that doesn’t deserve your cynicism, it’s National Doughnut Day, celebrated the first Friday of every June. The origins of National Doughnut Day date back much further than the modern food holidays, and it has a much deeper history, too. The day is as much about celebrating the people behind…

Starbucks edges out Dunkin’ Donuts as American’s favorite coffee

A coffee king has been crowned for the coming year. Starbucks has taken the top spot as America’s favorite coffee, narrowly surpassing three-time honoree Dunkin’ Donuts for the Coffee and Quick Service Restaurant Brand of the Year. The Harris Poll shows that 11 percent of millennials and 10 percent of Gen X’ers visit a Starbucks daily. “Given the ever-present morning rush lines at Starbucks, the fact that millennials and Gen X make daily Starbucks runs might not be entirely surprising, but it is telling,” said Joan Sinopoli, vice president of brand solutions at The Harris Poll. “With its engaging rewards app and high-end Starbucks Reserve brand, Starbucks is proactively pursuing millennials and quite frankly, doing it better than most right now.” Restaurants continue to adapt to the millennial lifestyle and ordering methods such as Starbucks’ mobile app and rewards program could be contributing to the recent boost. The poll employed the EquiTrend…