16 November 2006

Krispy and Kreme-y, but not Koshery

In an off-blog inquiry by some loyal readers, we were asked about the Krispy Kreme store in Delta and the rumour that they are kosher. Like many others, we assumed that it was (don't know why, maybe the rumour was stated with such enthusiasm and conviction, we found it hard not to believe! Or maybe that Krispy Kreme-y goodness was just too inticing for us to confirm the rumour.)

BCKosher said the Krispy Kreme Delta (ya gotta feel sorry for some future Krispy Kreme Kamloops location) store was not supervised. So we at Kosher Vancouver did our krispy kashrut duty and checked into it. Here is what Kathleen Bishop, Krispy Kreme Customer Experience (rep? question-answerer? Or is that an existential statement: Krispy Kreme Customer Experience?) said:
All the ingredients used to make Krispy Kreme doughnuts are kosher; however, not all our stores are. The doughnuts in our Delta, B.C. store are made from kosher ingredients but the store itself is not kosher. The closest kosher store to Delta, B.C. would be the store at 3580 - 20th Avenue N.E. in Calgary, Alberta. KSA is the supervising group and the supervising rabbi is Rabbi Weiss who may be contacted at (905) 882-0790.
Actually, she might be wrong. The closest kosher store has got to be Seattle, no?

So spread the word. If you're KBI* then go for it. If you're not, as one of our readers said: gam zu l'tovah - it's probably better that way. Your heart will thank you.

*Kosher by Ingredient. You go by labels, hechshers be damned. Maybe we'll do a post about an incident one of our readers told us about when he looked at the ingredients of a package he bought where shrimp was listed in the French, but not the English. He went strictly kosher right after that event.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I checked with BCK and there are non kosher ingredients there.

2/20/2007 11:45 a.m.  
Blogger KosherVancouver said...

Eh, we were going to ignore this (because why would someone waste BCK's time after already being told the place isn't certified?), but we decided we wanted to clarify.

According to Krispy Kreme's Customer Service Representative, the mix used to make Krispy Kreme donuts is supervised and certified (and has, um, a reputable hechsher, but we can't find the email right now, and can't remember which one), and therefore, kosher. The location in Surrey that uses this kosher mix is NOT supervised, and NOT kosher. Since the location is not kosher, and doesn't need to worry about supervision, they can add whatever non-kosher items to their menu that Krispy Kreme will allow. We assume there are certain toppings that are probably not certified.

BCK is really busy. If you know something is not kosher anyway, please don't bother them by asking them to confirm whether ingredients of that item are kosher.

3/15/2007 10:58 a.m.  

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