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New Krispy Kreme shop in Charlotte area will let you design your own doughnut

The next time you’re craving a Krispy Kreme, you might want to head to Concord, even if it’s not the closest location to your house.

The new Krispy Kreme, which opens at 6 a.m. Tuesday on Concord Mills Boulevard, is one of 45 new shops the Winston-Salem based company is adding across the country in the next year and a half. This is the company’s first comprehensive shop redesign in more than a decade.

The “doughnut theater” that Krispy Kreme is known for — watching the conveyor belt as the doughnuts are being prepared — is more enhanced at this location, with chairs and kid-height circular windows that peep into the kitchen. You can see the whole process from start to finish.

An outdoor patio and indoor seating encourage a community gathering space. No more grabbing your doughnuts and heading for home. Instead, order a latte or an Original Glazed iced coffee and an ice cream sandwich, then enjoy it while relaxing with friends and family.

Also, this location is the proud owner of the largest Hot Light in the world.

It will offer an enhanced menu, including:

  • Milkshakes made with Original Glazed Doughnut-infused ice cream, topped with whipped cream and mini glazed doughnuts. Flavors include Vanilla Glazed, Double Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Classic Strawberry, or OREO Cookies & Kreme.
  • Ice cream sandwiches — on doughnuts of course — made with Original Glazed Doughnut-infused ice cream. Toppings include Vanilla Sprinkled, Triple Chocolate, Cookies & Kreme, Vanilla Chip, Chocolatey Caramel Coconut, and Vanilla Fruity Crunch.
  • Or, arguably the best part: customized doughnuts.

Customized doughnuts

For many Krispy Kreme fans, it’s going to be all about the custom doughnuts. Here’s how that works:

When you get in line, you’ll get a sheet of paper to fill out with your order. Think: like Wich Wich or your favorite sushi spot. Custom doughnuts are available via a 3-pack ($4.99) or a 6-pack ($8.99).

First, select your glaze: choose from chocolate, caramel, blueberry, lemon or original glazed

Then, pick a topping: sprinkles, fruity crunch, mini white chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, toffee crunch, toasted coconut, chopped peanuts, graham crumbles, Oreo cookie piece, or mini M&Ms.

Last, choose your drizzle: chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, peanut butter or marshmallow.

“I thought I’d experienced everything,” said Mechelle Carey, district manager for Krispy Kreme Concord. “But my favorite is the original marshmallow creme with fruity pebbles.”

Krispy Kreme Concord

8018 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord

Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This article was originally published in CharlotteFive.

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