More McDonalds restaurants will be welcoming Krispy Kreme to the McDonald’s breakfast menu.
The Golden Arches started testing a collab with Krispy Kreme in October 2022, followed by a Kentucky-wide, 160-store expanded pilot program. Things are going well enough that the partnership will get even bigger in the coming months, according to recent comments from Krispy Kreme.
Before you rush out to your local Micky D’s to get a doughnut, there are some things you need to know about this team-up — including where you can get them, which doughnuts will be available, and whether you can get your McDonald’s Krispy Kreme doughnuts for delivery.
McDonald’s Krispy Kreme is going to expand beyond the current 160 locations.
The initial McDonald’s Krispy Kreme test began in October 2022 at nine McDonald’s restaurants in the Louisville, Kentucky area. As of March 2023, that number grew to 160 restaurants in the Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, areas.
Although the two restaurants haven’t revealed any specific plans, Krispy Kreme announced in November 2023 that they’re “in advanced discussions about expanding the [McDonald’s] partnership.”
Expect to see some more cities and states announced soon.
Krispy Kreme is selling three different kinds of doughnuts at McDonald’s.
McDonald’s customers in these areas have been able to purchase three types of Krispy Kreme doughnuts individually or in a 6-pack in person or via drive-thru:
- Original Glazed
- Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles
- Raspberry Filled or Chocolate Filled
Since March 21, 2023, Kentuckians have been able to get their Krispy Kreme doughnuts through the McDonald’s app, in store, or via drive-thru. Plus, they could get them via McDelivery (through DoorDash).
McDonald’s sells the doughnuts past breakfast — until they run out.
McDonald’s sells Krispy Kreme doughnuts until they run out for the day. So although Krispy Kremes are available at participating locations during McDonald’s breakfast hours (5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily), they’ll sell doughnuts until they’re out of inventory. If this goes nationwide, expect some new items to be added to the McDonald’s secret menu.
Pick up your Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Walmart for 18% cheaper.
Looking for even more of a discount when you’re picking up Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Head over to your local Walmart to find a few different boxed Krispy Kreme varieties for only $10.28 for a dozen. This Walmart deal is $2.51 cheaper than a dozen from Krispy Kreme.
(If you’re lucky, your Walmart is among the 150 or so that have a McDonald’s inside. So even if you’re not in Kentucky, you’ve got a one-stop shop for doughnuts and fries.)
Maybe we’ll see a McKrispy burger eventually in the U.S.
Right now, only the 160 McDonald’s locations in Kentucky have Krispy Kreme doughnuts available, but they will be extending the program in the coming months and years after a successful pilot test. But it’s unclear exactly how/when this will be expanded.
Once this is more widespread, maybe the McKrispy Burger will become a reality here. Back in 2018, New Zealand McDonald’s restaurants teamed up with Krispy Kreme over there, and Kiwis were able to enjoy a true delicacy: The McKrispy Burger. The McKrispy had double meat patties, double cheese and crispy bacon between an original glazed doughnut (which is the bun).
This isn’t the first time Krispy Kreme has collaborated with a fast-food restaurant chain. In early 2020 Krispy Kreme and KFC joined to create the Doughnut Chicken Sandwich and to sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts at KFC locations. KFC has since stopped selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts.