Best Krispy Kreme Donut Flavors, Ranked
When you've been in business for over 80 years, you're doing something right. For Krispy Kreme, that something is making delicious donuts.
Since Krispy Kreme was founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1937, dozens of companies have tried to outdo them. Few have succeeded. Why? Because they've mastered the art of donuts. They've got the classics down, and they shake things up with limited-time and seasonal options.
These are the greatest Krispy Kreme flavors of all time. After carefully evaluating their texture, flavor and overall deliciousness, we successfully ranked them.
Content warning: The donuts you’re about to see are proven to be irresistible. If you’re on the latest keto diet or trying to shed weight, proceed with caution.
25. Maple Iced Glazed Krispy Kreme
It's not a groundbreaker, but the original glazed maple donut is an American classic.
That might not make much sense considering maple flavoring is a Canadian thing, but maple Krispy Kremes are about as American as baseball and apple pie.
24. Glazed Blueberry Cake Krispy Kreme
This one's a classic cake doughnut with just the right amount of blueberry flavor. Upon reading that this Krispy Kreme flavor doesn't actually contain real blueberries, we were momentarily concerned.
How does it taste like blueberry without any blueberries? After taking one bite, we forgot why we cared.
23. Chocolate Iced Raspberry Filled
This particular Krispy Kreme flavor looks like a Valentine's Day special, but it's available year-round.
It's a good thing, too, because the combo of raspberry jelly and dark chocolate is as elegant as a sugary donut can get.
The red swirl on top completes the package.
22. Pina Colada Krispy Kreme
In anticipation of 2021's warmer months, Krispy Kreme launched a line of island-inspired donuts. The most tropical Krispy Kreme flavor, Pina Colada, combines an original glazed donut with a new Pina Colada Kreme, a smattering of toasted coconut and a candied cherry on top.
Ready for summer? Same.
21. Powdered With Strawberry Kreme
Strawberry-flavored donuts are so underrated. There have always been donuts filled with lemon or raspberry jam, so why not strawberry?
Krispy Kreme must have realized their oversight, because they added this donut flavor.
A powdered shell plus sweet, strawberry kreme equals total bliss.
20. Key Lime Pie Krispy Kreme
Speaking of ditching lemon, Krispy Kreme also decided to give a new citrus flavor a spin. The Key Lime Kreme donut is one of the best Krispy Kremes yet.
A classic glazed donut is dipped in green icing, sprinkled with graham crackers, and filled with a luscious, Key Lime Kreme filling.
It's almost better than grandma's key lime pie.
19. Powdered Cinnamon Cake Donut
Sometimes, simplicity is the best plan. Krispy Kreme's traditional cake donut is already amazing.
Dip it in powdered cinnamon, and it becomes tasty on a whole 'nother level.
18. Mini Chocolate Iced With Sprinkles
Mini donuts are just as delicious as their full-sized counterparts. They're just way cuter.
These mini chocolate iced donuts are one of the best Krispy Kreme flavors, and they're particularly popular for kids.
Instead of eating one big donut, they can have two or three.
17. Gingerbread Filled Donuts
The best things in life never last, do they?
Every holiday season, Krispy Kreme releases seasonal donut flavors, and they're always incredible.
The gingerbread-filled donuts are one of our favorites, and you can only get them before Christmas Eve.
16. Strawberry Glaze Kreme Filled
What did we say about strawberry being underrated? These strawberry glazed Krispy Kreme's were one of the best donut flavors yet. Sadly, they were also seasonal.
Apparently, strawberry was only a spring fling. We hope they'll bring it back again, because after one bite, our fear of commitment magically disappeared.
For donuts, at least.
15. Cinnamon Bun Donut
Ever been to Cinnabon? Their cinnamon rolls are sinfully sticky and sweet. We love them, but they're so overpoweringly sweet that we tend to hate ourselves afterward.
This simple Krispy Kreme flavor is like a lighter version of a Cinnabon. Less sticky, less sweet, just as yummy.
14. Glazed Raspberry Filled Donut
Raspberry-filled donuts can go either way.
Some are sickly sweet. You know the ones. They look amazing, but the filling is so sweet it makes your teeth ache.
Krispy Kreme's version strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart.
13. Glazed Chocolate Cake Krispy Kreme
Chocolate lovers, this one is for you. Krispy Kreme's cake donuts are already divine. Add chocolate to the mix, and you get one of the best Krispy Kreme flavors ever invented.
It's also glazed for a tiny bit of extra sweetness and crunch.
12. Glazed Cinnamon Donut
The smell of cinnamon reminds us of home. It's the coziest of spices. Perfect for Saturday morning, and perfect on top of a glazed donut.
It's like a powdered sugar donut, just way better. It's amazing.
11. Krispy Kreme Apple Pie Donut
Just when we thought cinnamon couldn't get any better, this Krispy Kreme flavor walked in.
It's the donut version of apple pie. It's filled with cinnamon apple compote and tossed in cinnamon sugar. Mmmm!
Pro-tip: Heat this donut up and serve it with fresh whipped cream for added apple pie authenticity. If you're feeling extra bold, add some vanilla ice cream.
10. Powdered Strawberry Filled Donut
Powdered sugar is polarizing. It's delicious, but a little goes a long way.
These strawberry jam-filled donuts are one of the best Krispy Kreme flavors for anyone who prefers powdered donuts to glazed.
9. New York Cheesecake Donut
We don't want to know exactly what the New York Cheesecake flavored donut is made out of, because we're going to eat it no matter what. Cheesecake is amazing. Donuts are amazing.
A cheesecake donut might just be the best year-round Krispy Kreme flavor so far, especially topped off with crunchy graham cracker pieces.
If Krispy Kreme ever teamed up with the Cheesecake Factory, we might die of happiness.
8. Oreo Cookies and Kreme Donut
Oreo cookies were invented in 1912, so they're even older than Krispy Kreme's. Despite the two-decade age gap, they fell in love and gave birth to this remarkable Krispy Kreme flavor.
It has cookies and kreme filling with Oreo pieces on top.
Only question: Should it be eaten with coffee or milk?
7. Coffee Kreme Donuts
Speaking of coffee, why not skip the liquid version and just have your morning cup o' joe in pastry form?
We'd eat these every day if we could, except they were only available for a week in September.
Fingers crossed for a reboot.
6. Pumpkin Spice Cake Donut
If it's basic to like pumpkin spice, we don't mind being basic.
Krispy Kreme's cake donut is already a fan favorite, but the warm flavors of cinnamon spice and nutty pumpkin are perfect for dipping into coffee on a chilly morning.
5. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Donut
Who said one pumpkin-flavored creation was enough? It's not.
One of our top five favorite Krispy Creme flavors, this donut is filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped off with a pumpkin-flavored glaze.
Cinnamon sticks not included.
4. Cake Batter Krispy Kremes
If you were the kid who always tried to sneak spoonfuls of liquid cake batter from the bowl, boy, do we have news for you.
Krispy Kreme invented a donut flavor that lets you enjoy all the cake-battery goodness with none of the food poisoning.
Call your mom. She'll be happy for you.
3. Reese's Classic Donut
Peanut butter and chocolate is one of our favorite flavor blends. The texture has something to do with it, too. Creamy and crunchy all at once.
The Reese's Classic donut, one of Krispy Kreme's most popular new additions, is filled with Peanut Butter Kreme, dipped in chocolate icing, and artfully adorned with mini peanut butter chips.
It's a work of art for your face.
2. Oreo Cookie Krispy Kreme Donut
The Oreo Cookies and Kreme Donut is amazing, but for those who need an entire Oreo to get their fix, there's this.
A chocolate glazed donut with cookies and cream frosting and a whole Oreo on top?
1. Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Donut
To top of our list, we have the one, the only Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Donut. It's got everything. It's coated in pumpkin spice sugar and swirled with a ribbon of cream cheese and cinnamon sauce. It's just a fall thing, but we don't mind waiting.
If you're not into pumpkin, don't sweat it. There are dozens of other amazing Krispy Kreme's to hit the spot.
What's your go-to order?