Food companies are always trying to up their game when it comes to creative food combos: Pop-Tarts and Jolly Ranchers, Oreos and Swedish Fish, Starbucks Frappuccino and red velvet cake. But Krispy Kreme just took the cake (literally) when it announced its latest decadent food mashup: a Reese’s peanut butter donut.
Krispy Kreme described the donut is “filled with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Kreme Filling, dipped in chocolate icing, and topped with a chocolate and peanut butter drizzle and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter chips and peanuts.” It sounds more like a decadent dessert than a smart way to start your day; it’s certainly not one of our 37 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss.
Sure, it sounds like a cheat treat. But just how much cheating are we talking? We checked the nutritionals to get the low-down on just how much belly-busting sugar and empty calories you’d be consuming. And trust us—it’s a lot.
Krispy Kreme Reese’s Donut: The Nutritionals
Just one Reese’s donut will set you back 400 calories, 24 grams of fat (9 grams saturated), 200 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbs (2 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar), and 7 grams of protein. That’s nearly half of your saturated fat intake for the day. And not only is the nutrition info shocking, but the ingredients aren’t much better. It's not just made with tons of sugar; the Reese’s donut includes palm oil, which raises your LDL (bad) cholesterol, mono and diglycerides, which are a form of trans fats, and inflammatory hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Compare that to a Krispy Kreme original glazed donut, which clocks in at 190 calories, 11 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), 85 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbs (less than 1 gram of fiber, 10 grams of sugar), and 3 grams of protein. So if you’re hankering for a donut, you’d be better off eating an original glazed.
The Reese’s donut is available at Krispy Kreme’s starting on August 4 for a limited time only. So if you’re willing to make the splurge, make sure you get it while you can. And if you can limit yourself to just half a donut, even better. After all, having so many carbs and sugar first thing in the morning is one of the Worst Breakfast Habits for Your Waistline.