The Gallivanting Gourmand
Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan
is a freelance writer based in the Montreal region. He is particularly keen about good food. In his day job, Greg is the executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

His previous columns are archived HERE.

Posted 02.16.04


Gimme fats, gimme sugar everytime

Loosen your belts, put on your sweatpants and warm up the car. Krispy Kreme is coming to Montreal's West Island.

In early April some 200-dozen hot doughnuts will roll off the conveyor at Marche de L' Ouest in Dollard des Ormeaux location every hour. The 'Hot doughnuts now' sign will light up in all its neon glory.

It's not enough that there is a doughnut shop on every corner already, it seems Canadians just can't get enough fried dough loaded with fat and sugar. Admittedly, I've been anxious to get some myself, and carbohydrates be damned, I'm waiting in line starting this Saturday. Whenever this franchise pops up in a new location apparently traffic chaos ensues. See you there; I'll be the one camping out in the parking lot.

It might be useful to offer a quick preview of the doughnut menu don't you think? Here's the Krispy Kreme list of heavenly eats:

  • Chocolate Iced
  • Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles
  • Maple Iced
  • Chocolate Iced Creme Filled
  • Chocolate Iced Custard Filled
  • Raspberry Filled
  • Lemon Filled
  • Cinnamon Apple Filled
  • Powdered Blueberry Filled
  • Glazed Creme Filled
  • Traditional Cake
  • Chocolate Iced Cake
  • Glazed Cruller
  • Powdered Cake
  • Glazed Devil's Food
  • Chocolate Iced Cruller
  • Cinnamon Bun
  • Glazed Blueberry
  • Glazed Sour Cream
But are they good for you?

Some 200 calories, 12 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates. That's what you'll find in an original glaze Krispy Kreme doughnut. Some different offerings surpass 300 calories. As an example it will take you 45 minutes walking at six kilometers per hour to burn off the calories in one glazed blueberry doughnut.

I say, who cares? We don't eat doughnuts for their health benefits. Just ask Homer Simpson.

Disclaimer: Neither this columnist nor the Log Cabin Chronicles will be held responsible for the unethical treatment and consumption of sugar, yeast, fat and chocolate. Nor does this column serve as an endorsement for Krispy Kreme. The writer reserves the right to sample and comment on doughnuts he deems appropriate and worthy.