Krispy Kreme’s New Limited-Edition Reese’s Outrageous Donut Is Glorious

published Aug 9, 2018
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“Welcome to Krispy Kreme,” he said, his voice rumbling out of the drive-thru speaker. “How many dozen would you like today?”

The truth is, I wanted, like, a dozen dozen, but I’d decided not to chip away at my life expectancy this morning. OK, that’s a lie: I’m willing to sacrifice at least a few hours in my mid-to-late 80s so I can try Krispy Kreme’s new limited-edition Reese’s Outrageous donut.

When I pulled around to the second window, the first thing I noticed was how … substantial this thing is. I’m more-than-familiar with the weight of a hot, fresh Original Glazed, but this donut was much heftier (although that shouldn’t have been surprising).

According to Krispy Kreme, each Outrageous donut starts as chocolate yeast dough, then it’s dipped in a Hershey’s chocolate fudge icing, sprinkled with mini-Reese’s Pieces, and lovingly zig-zagged with a Reese’s peanut butter and caramel drizzle. That’s … a lot. (And yes, this is an OUTRAGEOUS amount of candy-covered goodness, but it’s wearing that name because it’s the donut version of the Reese’s Outrageous candy bar).

Anyway, if you love chocolate and peanut butter, this thing is legit — and it’s much, much better than Krispy Kreme’s previous attempt at this combo, the Reese’s Peanut Butter donut. It seems ridiculous to say that a chocolate donut covered with Reese’s Pieces isn’t too much, but it’s a balanced combination that isn’t dominated by any one flavor. Plus, the peanut butter drizzle is the right peanut butter taste. (That Reese’s Peanut Butter donut was ALL PEANUT BUTTER, ALL THE TIME, but it tasted completely artificial, like peanut butter flavor as opposed to real peanut butter.) Also, I wasn’t kidding about my enthusiasm for Krispy Kreme. I might need to re-evaluate that whole “I’m going to see my mid-to-late 80s” thing, though.

The Reese’s Outrageous is having a moment this summer: Dairy Queen currently has a Reese’s Outrageous Blizzard as well. That sounds good too, but I think I’ll stick with Krispy Kreme — especially for the undetermined-but-limited time that this donut is on the menu.

And tomorrow, maybe I would like a full dozen.