Krispy Kreme Introduces Snickerdoodle Donut – Do I Need to Worry If I Have a Peanut Allergy?
Recently, an AllergyEats user with a peanut allergy wrote to us concerned about Krispy Kreme’s introduction of a snickerdoodle donut and how dangerous the use of Snickers in Krispy Kreme stores could be to individuals with a peanut allergy.
Fortunately, I’ve personally been blessed with a mother-in-law who is a great baker and introduced me to snickerdoodle cookies long ago. As I reassured this writer, the term snickerdoodle has NO relation to Snickers candy bars (or the peanuts inside). To double check, I turned to Wikipedia, which described snickerdoodle as the following:
“A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough. Snickerdoodles are characterized by a cracked surface and can be crisp or soft depending on preference. Snickerdoodles are often referred to as “sugar cookies”. However, traditional sugar cookies are often rolled in white sugar whereas snickerdoodles are rolled in a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon.”
Luckily, AllergyEats user Brian took it upon himself to speak with Krispy Kreme’s customer service – and beat us to it!
Here is the response he received:
“Talked to Krispy Kreme people today, the customer service person [said] they are receiving many calls regarding the Snickerdoodle donuts with the same concern. She said no nuts, soy or coconut. She said company knows they need to get information out to public.” [BOLD type added by AllergyEats]
[Important addendum: After publishing this post, many members of our community – as you’ll see a sample of in the comments below – shared with us that Krispy Kreme clearly lists soy-based ingredients for this product on their website. The quote above remains accurate as to the statement from the Krispy Kreme representative, but it is inaccurate as far as a correct representation of the donut’s true ingredients. All of which is a long way of saying that Krispy Kreme snickerdoodle donuts actually DO contain soy.]
A big thank you to Brian for getting this information. While some may be familiar with snickerdoodles and wouldn’t have even given this issue a second thought, I know there are many others (like me, before meeting my wife) who had never heard of them and would’ve made this same seemingly natural connection with the Snickers candy bars.
So fear not, ye of the peanut allergy. There are no Snickers in Krispy Kreme donut shops.
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