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Krispy Kreme doughnuts inspired by Japanese tea culture

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By Jess, grape Japan

Japanese tea is gaining more and more popularity overseas. High quality, distinctive tastes, health benefits and an intriguing traditional tea culture have all worked together to pique the interests of tea enthusiasts the world over.

Jumping on this trend is Krispy Kreme, the doughnut chain which is never shy about getting creative with their Japan exclusive products. Previously they’ve given us various seasonal creations from spooky Halloween doughnuts to auspicious New Year treats.

They have announced three brand new products that combine Japanese ingredients with the Western doughnut, they’ve called the limited time only range "Wacha,", meaning "Japanese tea." Making use of not just the ubiquitous matcha, other less well known types of green tea have also been utilized so we can sample even more of Japan’s tea offerings in doughnut form.

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Uji Matcha Cream and Strawberry has a matcha doughnut base covered in matcha cream and white chocolate drizzle. The striking bright matcha green is accented with pink from dried strawberries and strawberry chocolate curls sprinkled on top, the sweet tart flavor offsetting the green tea’s bitterness.

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The Citrus Green Tea Ring also uses an Uji matcha doughnut base but does something completely different with it. The coating is made from milky white chocolate, lemon and yuzu. Uji matcha chocolate is artistically drizzled on top.

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The fragrant Hojicha Old Fashioned matches a hojicha (roasted green tea) base with white chocolate and roasted almonds for a cosy, toasty taste.

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The Uji Matcha Old Fashioned isn’t new or limited time only, but Krispy Kreme wanted to remind us it exists while we’re on this green tea binge.

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Some brand new tea-based beverages are also on the limited time only menu. The Uji Matcha Lemonade and the Krispy Frozen Hojicha and Brown Rice Latte should pair perfectly with any doughnut choice.

The Wacha doughnuts will be available in Krispy Kreme branches in Japan from April 17 to the middle of May, while the drinks stick around a bit longer until the middle of June.

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Whoa, when did Krispy Kreme show up in Japan? Wonder if it too, is watered down for the local market like the others.

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Whoa, when did Krispy Kreme show up in Japan? Wonder if it too, is watered down for the local market like the others.

Been here for many years. If they are watered down, I might actually like them. Too sweet in the US.

Side story, going through the airport security line last month in Nagoya, there were two large Japanese ladies with two boxes of KK each.

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Jeez if they're actually sweeter in the US than here they must be really grim. I can't even eat them here.

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Jeez if they're actually sweeter in the US than here they must be really grim. I can't even eat them here.

They must be as sweet as American birthday cake - yikes! That stuff makes my teeth hurt, haha

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I agree about sweetness of Krispy Kreme. I've never liked them, too sweet and greasy. To me, Mister Donut is much better. But, the wacha donuts look good! I might test one of these.

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