Behind the scenes at Krispy Kreme & free July school holiday activities

Krispy Kreme -  563 Port Rd, West Croydon SA 5008

Let me take you behind the glass wall of the Krispy Kreme shop, and show you the wonders of the doughnut machine and how these deliciously fluffy, original glazed doughnuts are made. You may have already heard of or even frequented this buzzing place, but how much do you really know about the "Hot Light" and the process behind the creation of the doughnuts? On The Chopping Board (OTCB) was invited to attend this behind-the-scenes event.  All food and beverages were provided free of charge.

A room with a view - a view of doughnuts in the making
The spaciousness of the Krispy Kreme shop lets visitors take in all the activity of the store.  From the workers behind the glass wall busy with glazing, stacking and transferring the doughnuts, to the counter with fresh doughnuts coming in and out and the rush of customers with their boxed goodies, eager to get their hands on a fresh batch. The owners of the franchise greet us with open arms and are all too happy to tell us about the business and their passion to bring the best doughnuts in the country to the people of Adelaide.

It's all in the glaze
Our walk onto the factory floor reveals a simple set up; the place where the dough is mixed (with the usual doughnut mix and a few secret ingredients), divided, then rested, rolled and placed onto a conveyor belt which takes the simple dough, through the dunking process and turns them into fluffy goodness. Watch the video below to see this in action.


Once the doughnuts are fried and glazed, their last stop at the conveyor belt is to go through a selection process. By hand, a worker will select the best shaped and glazed doughnuts for consumption, anything less than this is discarded, so you really do get the best of the best! The original glazed doughnut is by far my (Sofia) favourite.  Hot and fresh from the conveyor belt, it melts in your mouth and the glaze crumbles and forms a sweet sticky sauce. It's oh so good, and after finishing the first one, I'm ready for a second round of heaven! And did you know that when the "Hot Light" sign is on, it means a fresh batch of doughnuts have just come off the line and are ready for eating.  It also means anyone can get a free doughnut! So watch the sign, when it lights up, be sure to be the first one at the counter. The hot light at the Port Road store is illuminated twice a day (morning and late afternoon) and at Port Wakefield Road once a day.

Fresh off the line
Doughnuts that do not go through the glazing process are picked out for icing.  There are all sorts of flavours and toppings and it's hard to choose a favourite. There's Berliners with custards and creams, doughnuts with cookie toppings and chocolate icing, so pick the one that calls to you, and should you want to try them all, grab a half-dozen or a dozen box for home and take your time to indulge.

Box of all sorts - how can you pick just one?
With school holidays fast approaching, Krispy Kremes at Port Road will be offering free children activities! Bring your little ones to try out doughnut decorating, colouring in competitions or to hang out with the friendly fairy who sometimes frequents the store. There's something for everyone, the adults can enjoy a hot coffee or beverage with a freshly made doughnut, while the children have fun putting icing and toppings on their doughnuts.

But don't just take my word for it, get on, get out there, take a book, bring a friend, relax in their large comfy chairs or couch with a hot drink and watch the world go by. What can be better than a freshly baked doughnut and a box of six or more to take home? It's a melting moments kind of treat, and you can enjoy every bite.

Perfect match
Bookings are essential for the FREE Doughnut Decorating activity at the Port Road, West Croydon ‘Hotlight’ store, book online here. For more information on July school holiday activities at various Krispy Kreme locations, click here.


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