Everything Vegan at Krispy Kreme (Late-2021)
While there have been tons of folks asking Krispy Kreme to release a vegan donut, they still haven’t released one, or actually made any statements indicating they may.
Meanwhile, their main competitor Dunkin’ Donuts has indicated that they’d be adding more plant-based/vegan coffee choices.
Hopefully Krispy Kreme steps up their game, but until then they don’t have many vegan options.
Vegan Donuts at Krispy Kreme:
Krispy Kreme has yet to release a Vegan donut or announce plans to bring Vegan donuts to any of their US locations as far as we know. There are no Vegan Donuts at Krispy Kreme. They do have some other vegan options though.
In the UK however they generally carry at least 1 or 2 vegan-friendly donuts, so if you’re in the UK they will have vegan donuts, but elsewhere currently they do not.
Vegan Drinks Available at Krispy Kreme:
While they don’t have a soy creamer or stock non-dairy milk they do have a few options here. Nothing spectacular though.
- Black Coffee
- Expresso (not at all locations)
- Various Juices
- Black Coffee
- Frozen Lemonade or Strawberry Chiller (Slush)
- Various Tea’s
Vegan Bagel Options at Krispy Kreme:
While they aren’t sold over here in the USA, Krispy Kreme sells Bagels in some countries abroad, so I wanted to make sure all you international-vegans didn’t get spooked by me not listing the bagels.
If Krispy Kreme sells bagels near you they’ll be vegan so long as you request them without butter, and they usually have avocado, Jam, Vegemite, or Peanut butter to put on it. No Vegan Creme Cheese as of now though.
So How is Krispy Kreme for a Vegan?
They don’t stack up any better than most chain donut places.
There’s really no reason for a Vegan to go to any non-Vegan specific donut shop as of now since all of them seem to have little more than black coffee or tea for vegans.
We’d be better off simply going to a coffee shop, even if it’s just Starbucks.
Why are Krispy Kreme Donuts non-Vegan?
While donuts can easily be made vegan they are generally made with milk powder and eggs, as that’s just how the largest donut brands historically made them.
In the case of Krispy Kreme theirs are non-vegan as they contain egg yolks as well as Dried Milk Powder. So Krispy Kreme’s donuts are not only non-vegan, but also not dairy-free.
On the plus side they don’t use lard in them, but that’s not much of a consolation for us Vegans. Hopefully they catch up to the times and ditch the unnecessary milk powder and use apple sauce or apple cider vinegar instead of the egg yolks like Vegan donut shops do.