Doughnuts. Is There Anything They Can’t Do?
I remember when the first Krispy Kreme opened in the valley, the one in Van Nuys, we went out on a whim that week to wait in line and see what all the fuss was about. Sounded fun, we’d never had a Krispy Kreme before, and we had nothing better to do.
We ended up waiting something like 2 hours just to get in and buy some. We had originally planned on buying just a few to eat then and there. But they passed out samples to those in line and, after tasting the absolute delicousness, and after putting all that effort in, I remember my mom and wound up buying maybe four or five dozen instead. Could the three of us possibly consume that many donuts? Debatable*. I spent the next day or two shuttling the remaining stock around town to friends so I could share our bounty. It’s a good memory, and I’d love a Krispy Kreme right about now anyways. People starting giving them crap in the ensuing years for some reason, but there’s still nothing better than eating a glazed fresh off the line.
Then I read about the first Krispy Kreme that opened in Bangkok this past September. Like Los Angeles, there was quite the frenzy. But, of course, they took it to a whole new level. The line averaged five hours or so, stretched a quarter mile, and some poor sod waited for a whopping 27 hours just to get some donuts. Yikes.
Then again, Texans just demonstrated we’re still just as gullible for a beloved brand in a new territory. We take it to our own whole new level and instead do it while sitting in running cars. This video of the drive-thru line for the new In-N-Out in Texas will explain.
There aren’t really donuts here in Germany. Not in the same way. There are pastries a plenty, to be sure. Germans love bread. Bread bread bread, they adore it. There’s a bakery chain here in town called Ruch that make Starbucks look restrained in their location placement. And sometimes they attempt to make what looks like a donut. But then they’ll fill it with pudding. Not custard, but pudding. It’s just not right.
They have another dessert pastry thing called an Amerikaner. I’m always tempted to say that, as an American, I’ve never seen one of those before. And, after trying it, I can tell you we’re not going to start eating them in bulk anytime soon.
But the big cities do have Dunkin’ Donuts. Berlin had quite a few of them. And Chris and I went several times if just to be reminded of home. So I’m sure when we go to Cologne this weekend we’ll be hitting up the Dunkin’ Donuts and Pizza Huts big time. Why else do you travel in Europe, right?
*the correct answer is yes. Yes we could.