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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kreme of the crop?


An article in The Mercury newspaper this morning has brought my attention to the plight of 2700 Tasmanians (and counting) lobbying to bring a Krispy Kreme doughnut outlet to Tasmania.


Now, I am not one to preach about what should and shouldn’t be available, freedom of choice and all that. But when fast food is the easiest, most convenient choice, how many of us will actually try harder to find a healthier snack?

As I fly back and forwards from Melbourne a fair bit, I’ve observed many passengers with bags and bags of Krispy Kreme sugar fluff doughnuts. I assume they are for sale in the airport somewhere, although I’ve no idea where. Obviously there is a demand for the product here, as the now 2879 Facebook group members demonstrate.

Just in case you were wondering, the average Krispy Kreme doughnut is a whopping 600-900 kilojoules, which would take about 1 hour of intense of exercise to burn off. That’s just for one 100g doughnut.

And what is in your average Krispy Kreme doughnut? This:

SKIM MILK,
WATER,
SUGAR,
DEXTROSE MONOHYDRATE,
COCOA (5%),
VEGETABLE FAT,
WHEY POWDER
(FROM MILK), SKIM
MILK POWDER,
GLUCOSE SYRUP
(FROM WHEAT),
DIETARY FIBRE
(OLIGOFRUCTOSE),
EMULSIFIER (471),
VEGETABLE GUMS
(410,407, 412),
FLAVOURS

A little bit of what you fancy does you good. To lobby against it would be indicative of a nanny State, in which we are all overweight lard-arses with no self control. The addition of a Krispy Kreme is probably no different than any other unhealthy snack option we have here already. But does Hobart REALLY want a Krispy Kreme outlet? Do we need more unhealthy global franchises?

I personally won’t be buying or eating any. But when I think about it, I don’t really give a toss if anyone else does. Let the masses make up their own minds? And if you are having trouble deciding, take a look at this.

Feel free to comment below.

10 comments:

sir grumpy said...

Not a doughnut eater anymore, waitress, and Krispy won't change that.
But I do have fond memories of a holiday with me old mum. A late-opening bakery used to do brillant doughnuts, just plain or chocolate icing.
We'd get a bag of a dozen on the way home, they were still hot. We'd wash them down with a takeaway cuppa in styrofoam as we walked the short distance to the holiday chalet.
Absolute magic.

Anonymous said...

Hear hear! How about a movement that celebrates individual, thoughtful food? BOO to all high-cal, low-taste mass market chains. I'm calling into the farm gate this weekend to stock up on fresh stone fruit just off the trees.

Rita II said...

Yeah, I read the Mercury article too - the Krispy Kreme company must be loving the publicity! A colleague here in Hobart often arrives back from Melb with a box of these but being diabetic I have never tried them and obviously whether they have an outlet here is of no interest to me! But surely there is enough fast food here anyway? What does horrify me is the number of vastly overweight people I see walking around the streets, often munching on something unhealthy. Like they really need a Krispy Kreme to go with it.......

Rita said...

I'm resisting! I'm resisting! I WILL NOT COMMENT ON THIS TOPIC!!! I REPEAT - I WILL NOT COMMENT ON THIS TOPIC!!!

Hazel said...

It's a shame there are often no healthy alternatives.
If they do turn up I won't visit- the smell of Donut King makes me feel ill enough.
It's fine for adults to choose to eat Krispy Kreme's etc, but what about children? I know personally as a child snacks were always shop bought biscuits, cakes etc- I think I've eaten more than my fair share of trans fats, processed meats and coke!

Lisa said...

Here in the States they want to start imposing taxes on everything they personally think is unhealthy, the latest target being fruit juices. Not just crap fruit juices but all fruit juices. Now, I personally find Krispy Kremes to be nasty, but I'm very fond of personal responsibility and if I, or anyone else for that matter, choose to eat unhealthy and unwisely and subsequently become my own worst enemy it's my choice and my fault. There is a plethora of nutritional information available for free everywhere so there's nobody else to blame when your blood sugar soars and your arteries shut down. Get your lazy ass to the free library, look up the info, and make the appropriate changes. Moderation is key and if you can't figure that one out, well, there's no hope for you anyway. Government interference in these matters really, really hacks me off.

Okay, I'm done. :-)

sir grumpy said...

Yes Lisa, set the people free.
We all know the basics, so big brother governments should piss off.

Susannah said...

I have childhood memories of buying doughnuts at the local agricultural show (I grew up in a country town). Doughnuts were not something the local bakery provided (although they did a magnificent cornish pasty).

So once a year, after visiting the Show on a friday evening, we would buy a bag of doughnuts and eat them while walking home. "Hot American Doughnuts, making, baking, cooking all the while." They were indeed fresh (you could see them cooking through the glass windows of the food van), and dredged in cinnamon sugar. Amazing. And nothing like a Krispy Kreme.

Kris said...

I once saw Amanda Vandstone in Sydney Airport carrying nine dozen boxes of Krispy Kremes. Really.

For the record, I don't really get the appeal. That said, I don't really have a sweet tooth.

Anonymous said...

It seems the Krispy Kreme has a great "novelty" value, with many asmanians picking them up from domestic mainland airports. But will the novelty last if they opened a store in Tasmania?

I live in Canberra now, it was the same story that we saw in Tasmania. People used to get them from melbourne and Sydney all the time.

When the first store opened in Canberra (2008?) there was lines out the door, after about a week or so you are lucky to see anyone in there. They just aren't something people eat regualry

I think the same will happen in Tasmania, it will be popular for a month but the novelty wears off when its readily available.