I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published September 18th 2013
See how doughnuts are made and then try one
Of the 5 locations of Krispy Kreme in Melbourne, the store in Fountain Gate is the most special. The first thought that crosses the mind is why may this claim be true? Let me explain. The Fountain Gate store is the only manufacturing (or factory) location in Victoria. So if you are fond of doughnuts and would like to see how these yummy round delicious (and fattening) delicacies are made, head on over to the Fountain Gate store. If the "HOT" lights are lit, you are in for a treat, as the lit lights mean that the doughnuts are cooking. You will also get a free sample, if the original glazed are coming off the line.
Krispy Kreme at Fountain Gate The 'HOT' sign is lit bright red
The whole process takes place right before your eyes. The dough is mixed in large containers, and doughnut shaped dough comes out of an automated mould that places six doughnuts on one of the platforms that travels vertically up and down, allowing the dough sufficient time to rise.
6 Doughnuts travel together on a platform to allow the yeast to make the dough rise. The doughnuts at the start of the process are much smaller in size than the ones at the end of the pulley platforms.
As the doughnuts reach their optimum size, they also reach the end of their travel on the pulley chains, and are dropped gently into oil, which is maintained at optimal temperature to fry the bottom side.
The doughnuts are dropped into hot oil to cook one side to perfection
They are then flipped to fry the other side before they are pulled onto a cooling rack, on which they continue to travel.
Both sides of the doughnut are cooked equally and then transferred to the travelling cooling rack
They travel through a stream of white glaze, and they come out of the stream looking delicious and perfect.
Doughnuts get coated with sugary glaze
Quality is maintained throughout the process, and the imperfect doughnuts are hand-picked and discarded. The perfect ones end up on the shelves.
Delicious Donuts ready to be purchased and carried away
The Fountain Gate store serves the whole range of Krispy Kreme products, including doughnuts, milkshakes and coffees. You can take away the delights or sit in the comfortable booths and enjoy them fresh.
Mmmm... transfats! If you've ever been to the U.S.A., you would know that Krispy Kreme doesn't even rate there, just like Starbucks, Taco Bell and MacDonalds — it's ubiquitous but below average and there are countless better options (DK/DD are no better). Sadly Australia only gets the most highly profitable, mass-produced garbage in terms of food franchises. If you want semi-decent doughnuts in Melbourne, though you could do worse than watching them being made at the American Doughnut kitchen.