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SWEET VICTORY FOR NEW VALLEY ARRIVAL.



Byline: Steve Carney Staff Writer

It turns out the doughnut of presidents and kings is a big hit among deputies and journalists too.

Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme is a chain of doughnut stores. Its parent company is Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD), based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States.  - the favorite doughnut of President Clinton and Elvis Presley - was overwhelmingly voted the best of the Valley's glazed glaze  
n.
1. A thin smooth shiny coating.

2. A thin glassy coating of ice.

3.
a. A coating of colored, opaque, or transparent material applied to ceramics before firing.

b.
 in a pseudo-scientific survey at the Daily News testing lab late last week.

The contest was held to mark the arrival of Krispy Kreme, the North Carolina-based chain that is opening a store in Van Nuys on Tuesday.

In the rankings of taste, sweetness, texture and appearance, second-place Foster's Donuts donuts - (Obsolete) A collective noun for any set of memory bits. This usage is extremely archaic and may no longer be live jargon; it dates from the days of ferrite core memories in which each bit was implemented by a doughnut-shaped magnetic flip-flop.  of Chatsworth was closer to the cellar-dweller than to Krispy Kreme's No. 1 ranking.

``As doughnuts go, it's so different from the everyday. Just look at them and you can pick out the Krispy Kreme,'' said Daily News restaurant critic Larry Lipson, one of the five panelists in the blind taste test. ``The sweetness is there, but it's not cloying. And it seems to linger lin·ger  
v. lin·gered, lin·ger·ing, lin·gers

v.intr.
1. To be slow in leaving, especially out of reluctance; tarry. See Synonyms at stay1.

2.
.''

Also judging the sticky sweepstakes was Daily News Food Editor Natalie Haughton and business reporter Gregory J. Wilcox, who represented a breed renowned for its love of free junk food junk food
n.
Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.


junk food 
 - journalists.

For the final two slots - well, what immediately comes to mind when you think doughnuts? OK, besides coffee.

``Being an 11-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, I can testify as an expert witness on doughnuts,'' joked Deputy Sheriff Jeff Sweet - yes, that's his real name. He was joined by his partner from Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County's Lost Hills station, David Bennett, a Valley native and 10-year Sheriff's Department veteran.

``I've eaten many doughnuts in that time,'' Bennett said, though neither looked as though they've packed away very many Old Fashioneds n. 1. A cocktail consisting of whiskey, bitters, and sugar, garnished with with fruit slices and often a cherry.

Noun 1. old fashioned - a cocktail made of whiskey and bitters and sugar with fruit slices
.

``This is the '90s, and most cops aren't like that nowadays,'' Sweet said.

Still, why are there so many police cars parked at doughnut shops?

``Think about it - it's the only place that's open late at night. Guys go in probably for a cup of coffee,'' Sweet said, ``. . . and maybe a doughnut.''

In addition to Krispy Kreme's signature glazed, the cruller combatants included entries from Foster's, Earl's Donuts in Northridge, Winchell's Donut House in San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area.
, Blinkie's Donut Emporium in Woodland Hills and Yum Yum Donuts in Van Nuys - which is across the street from where the Krispy Kreme shop will open.

With plates of sliced doughnuts arrayed before them, Sweet and Bennett gobbled with gusto GUSTO Cardiology A series of clinical trials that have examined a series of strategies to reduce the M&M of acute MI; the GUSTOs include: Global Utilization of Streptokinase & tPA for Occluded coronary arteries trial–GUSTO I; Global Use of Strategies . Lipson on the the other hand, showing the prudence of a man who eats for a living, sniffed and nibbled the morsels.

``This tastes more like a bagel,'' he said of Blinkie's offering.

``Wow, there's a vast difference,'' added Haughton. ``Some of them are so doughy.

``What are these little confetti things? Are those supposed to be on there?'' she said, suspiciously eyeing the sprinkles on the Earl's doughnut.

Sweet critiqued Winchell's for what wasn't missing.

``One of the qualities is appearance,'' he said, marking his scorecard. ``A doughnut is supposed to have . . . a doughnut hole.''

Wilcox rated Foster's doughnut highest - the only tester who didn't give Krispy Kreme the top mark.

``It was a good-sized doughnut. You knew you were eating a doughnut,'' he said, while the Krispy Kreme ``was very small. I was disappointed with the size of it.''

Haughton agreed, but didn't let the Krispy Kreme's size lower its score too much.

``Scrawny, I called it,'' she said. ``I thought it was the lightest, the most tender, the fluffiest. Also, the Krispy Kreme glaze glaze, in pottery
glaze, translucent layer that coats pottery to give the surface a finish or afford a ground for decorative painting. Glazes—transparent, white, or colored—are fired on the clay.
 was gorgeous.''

But the Foster's was more in line with her image of what a doughnut should be. ``It was big and beautiful.''

The battle with Krispy Kreme almost ended before it began. The machine in the Van Nuys shop that makes the glazed doughnuts broke down Thursday, the day of the competition, almost leaving a hole in the contest.

But in a journey reminiscent of Marco Polo's trek to China in search of exotic foods and spices, Lipson slogged through rush-hour traffic, 80 miles round-trip, to buy doughnuts at Krispy Kreme's La Habra La Habra (lə hăb`rə), city (1990 pop. 51,266), Orange co., S Calif.; inc. 1925. A suburb of Los Angeles, La Habra was settled in the 1860s by Basque sheepherders.  shop - currently its only location in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, .

To be fair, it needs to be stated that Krispy Kreme's competitors were bought up to five hours before Lipson left La Habra. While all of the doughnuts appeared as fresh as the moment they were bought, the extra wait time could have contributed to their lower scores.

Or, at least, that's what the roomful of journalists outside the tasting room said when they learned their beloved Blinkie's didn't win.

No, Krispy Kreme appears to be the new king in town.

The company, founded in Winston-Salem, N.C., does everything it can to be different than a typical doughnut shop, and not just the fact that it uses the Webster's spelling of `doughnut' while all of the other competitors use the quicker-to-read ``donut'' moniker (1) A name, title or alias. See alias.

(2) A COM object that is used to create instances of other objects. Monikers save programmers time when coding various types of COM-based functions such as linking one document to another (OLE). See COM and OLE.
.

No, Krispy Kreme sells coffee mugs, shirts, boxer shorts boxer shorts
pl.n.
Men's full-cut undershorts.


boxer shorts or boxers
Noun, pl

men's underpants shaped like shorts but with a front opening

boxer shorts box
 and caps with logos to help differentiate it for its fans - which even the company describes as almost cult-like.

It has its own Ministry of Culture, which makes sure franchisees keep up the image of the company. And the opening of shops in new areas prompts clamor and media coverage. Like what you're reading now.

But the mystique mys·tique  
n.
An aura of heightened value, interest, or meaning surrounding something, arising from attitudes and beliefs that impute special power or mystery to it: the cowboy mystique; the mystique of existentialism.
 of Krispy Kreme was lost on Wilcox and Haughton.

``I don't understand it at all,'' Wilcox said. ``It's a doughnut. I don't think a doughnut is something you really go out of your way to eat.''

``I think it's kind of bizarre,'' Haughton added. ``I thought they were excellent. But I would not stand in line for an hour or a half-hour to go to a Krispy Kreme. Why are doughnuts that important to people?''

CAPTION(S):

5 Photos, Box, Map

Photo: (1--Color) Plain, glazed doughnuts were used in our taste test. They were judged on: sweetness, texture, appearance, color and overall taste.

(2--Color) no caption (Doughnuts)

(3--4) Deputy Jeff Sweet, left, and Deputy Dave Bennett Dave Bennett (born July 111959) is an English former football (soccer) player. He is most famous for playing in two FA Cup Finals; 1981 for Manchester City, when he finished on the losing side, and 1987, when he produced a Man of the Match  try doughnuts.

John McCoy/Staff Photographer

(5) Krispy Kreme doughnuts, shown with their stylish box, won kudos.

Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer

Box: How they stack up

Map: Krispy Kreme, 7249 Van Nuys Blvd.
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