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Krispy Kreme gets more competition

Krispy Kreme's "Hot Now" sign is hard to resist. There's an undeniable appeal to watching the donuts go through the rising, frying and glazing process, then biting into one still warm from the fryer. 

But really, unless they're hot, I'm not that wild about Krispy Kreme donuts. To me, they taste too heavily of oil and sugar, with the more subtle flavors of yeast and other ingredients overwhelmed by the sweetness.

That's why I've been happy to see a flurry of new donut-shop openings in the past year in Birmingham. Of course, the opening earlier this year of the Birmingham area's first Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Pelham was widely publicized. The local franchise owners have said they are looking to open as many as 21 locations in the next eight years. Birmingham News columnist John Archibald even wrote about "dueling donuts."

But wait, there are other choices besides these two big chains! Shipley's donuts has been in Hoover for ages, not far from the big shiny Krispy Kreme factory. It's a chain, but not a giant one like KK or DD.

And there are new entrants to the market, too.

There's Donut Joe's in Pelham. I haven't been there, but Urbanspoon.com has rave reviews about it. 

Pop Donuts is a new place in Hoover; not sure whether it's related to Pop's Donuts in Center Point.

But our favorite recent discovery is Dyar's Daylight Donuts in the Hoover/Inverness area. Daylight is a franchise chain that dates back to the '50s in Oklahoma, but the Birmingham location has been open less than a year. What really stood out were the chocolate cake donuts. These truly tasted like a cross between a good chocolate cake and a donut -- not too sweet, great chocolate flavor, moist but not greasy. Looking forward to trying the "old fashioned" and other flavors.

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 02:32PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments5 Comments

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I LOVE Daylight Donuts. The cinnamon twists and the "pine cone" donut (tastes like a cinnamon roll) are amazing.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Excited to try Daylight Donuts, but Joe's Donuts in Pelham is still my favorite in the area. I will say that Pop Donuts is HORRIBLE. They advertise with pictures of donuts that they dont carry, and if you order any kind of filled donut, they take it in the back and pump the filling in... weird. The donuts taste like day old Krispy Kreme, which I actually think they may be.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ

J, I didn't think Pop's were THAT bad, but they're definitely nowhere near as good as Daylight. I'll have to try Joe's.

July 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge

Nitpicking, I'm sure...but the Pelham Dunkin can't be the first in Bham. Years ago there was at least one DD in the area...it was on Oxmoor Road where Batteries Plus is.

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJR

JR, good point. I didn't live here when Dunkin' Donuts was originally here, but I do remember reading that, now that you mention it.

August 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge

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