Krispy Kreme in Burlington, WA

Armed with the Canadian passport, we went across the border again the following week. I don’t know about you but there is this something special about the Canadian passports and Canadian travelers. I seems to think that a lot of people in the world actually likes Canadians. We are the quiet, respectful kind of travelers and we don’t make enemies around the world! Almost …

I recall once that American travelers actually get maple leaf patches for their backpacks when they travel. This is so that people will leave them alone thinking that they are Canadians. Have you heard of that before? It was in the news about a year ago or so only.


This time round, we tried going south via the Pacific Crossing. The radio was saying that it wait was “about 20-30 minutes”. They were just about 30-40 minutes off their estimated wait time … took us a bloody 1 whole hour to cross.


And just my luck again for picking the wrong lane. With just a couple of cars in front of us, there was a problem. Not sure what it was but it sure took them a long time checking and cross checking the car … took them almost 15 minutes.


I kind of like and at the same time hate the US highways. I mean, they are wide and well constructed but I sure hate to see them in Beautiful British Columbia.


As we were in Burlington, I thought I drive past Krispy Kreme and see if they are making the donuts then. This Krispy Kreme location is where we had our first ever Krispy Kreme. Man … it was (and still is) the best donuts that I had ever tasted before.

There is only one Krispy Kreme in the Vancouver area — in the far flung city of Surrey. Before that store opened, we used to drive all the way to Burlington for Krispy Kreme. Oh yeah, I remember I once told the border guard that I am going over for Krispy Kreme and he found it funny.


You would know that that they are making hot donuts when the neon sign outside their store lights up. That is the sign one must look for before going in.


I like the place … it is wide, spacious and very clean. With so much sticky syrupy sugar around, it’s amazing that they could keep it so clean of sticky smudges.


For the first timers, you simply must see how they make fresh donuts. They let the yeast rise slowly first through this conveyor.


Then it was deep fried, flipped over and then glazed.


I think it’s a tradition in every Krispy Kreme. They give free samples to everyone. The best Krispy Kreme is always the ones that they pick up hot off from the machine. It’s hard to describe that feeling of the soft warm donut melting in your mouth.


We had always gotten their two dozens variety pack. For about 13 bucks, you get one dozen of original glazed and another dozen of donut varieties.


Being chocolate lovers, we got one each of everything chocolate. Suanne and I love their filled donuts … especially the creme filled and lemon filled ones.


Their signature donut is the Original Glazed. This sets Krispy Kreme apart from all other donuts. They taste more than alright by themselves … no need to dunk this into coffee. They are also so soft that you need to hold them ever so lightly lest you squishes them and make them fall apart!


Despite its “goodness”, Krispy Kreme had actually fallen on bad times. I think its because people are beginning to eat healthier and perceive them having zero nutrition and is nothing more than just sugar and fat. Each donut which you can gobble up in 3 seconds had 210 calories! Still, we love it.

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  1. Eileen

    yum! I love Krispy Kreme too. Years ago, Harrods used to give out free KK but sadly, they don’t do that anymore 🙁
    It costs 90p for a glazed doughnut and 1.10 for a filled one! very expensive!

  2. van

    i have been reading your blog for a while now. first time i had a chance to comment. my favorite krispy kreme donut is the bavarian creme donut. but i wished that krispy kreme had one that wasn’t chocolate covered.

  3. Denise

    Yum! I love Krispy Kreme!! The nearest store is about a half-hour from us, but they stock them at our grocery store and I think at the Chevron gas station that’s nearby. Definitely worth all those calories!

  4. LotusRapper

    I am a big donut fan, and while I like KK’s a fair bit, I find most of their offerings way too sweet.

    Since we go down to Fairhaven (in Bellingham) and Seattle often, I recommend Winchell’s (used to be a much bigger national chain than it is now) in Wallingford District, on NE 45 St about 1/4 mile from the I-5 exit.

  5. Norris

    Oooo! Krispy Kreme. I miss them quite a bit. I used to eat them all the time when I was living in America. Now, whenever I visit my family in Vancouver, I drive over to Surrey for them. Too bad they don’t open late like Tim Hortons. And yes, the stereotype is so true… at 1am in the morning, I saw 3 cops parked outside Tim Hortons in Surrey several months ago.

  6. Pamela Krest

    I love this blog and read it everyday!! I am not much of a traveler and now I seem to be really in the dark! haha
    I didn’t realize there were such long lines @ the border. I live in the states and went to Canada bout 10 yrs ago, loved it!!
    You can see the difference soon as you cross the border…so clean !! Even the highways in Canada are clean! On the KK subject, not much of a fan, I am a big girl 🙂 and not much of a sweet eater hahaha
    Please keep up the very most awesome blog on the net!!
    (((huggs))) Pamela

  7. Jennifer

    I still haven’t been there or had a fresh KK donut. I have to try it someday!

  8. Sandy

    From what I’ve heard, Krispy Kreme makes the doughnuts in the morning before 11am and in the evening after 5pm. They clean the machines in the afternoon.

    I also find their doughnuts to be way too sweet. Once when they offered me a sample, I asked for one *without* the glaze! The worker gave me a strange look, but I got it.

    We were in Europe this summer, and a co-worker half-jokingly suggested that we tell people “We’re Canadian, eh?”

  9. Chrystal from Holland

    I heard about that too.. That backpack travellers sew a canadian flag on their stuff.. I do not blame them. I would have too. In a foreign country you will never know how people react on you, especially if your president just started a war.

  10. Chubbypanda

    When we travel abroad, Cat is “Canadian” and I’m “Taiwanese”. We have the passports to prove it. Gotta love dual citizenship.

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