Krispy Kreme

The original glazed doughnut is getting a makeover. 

Elisabeth Sherman
March 12, 2018

Krispy Kreme is taking a simple tactic to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: The iconic purveyors off those moist and pillowy doughnuts are turning their most famous creation, the original glazed doughnut, green to show off a dose of Irish pride.

There will be no fancy flavors, no extra fillings, and no festive sprinkles. Just a simple glazed doughnut, but dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick and Ireland—oh, and it does have a new name: the “O’riginal” glazed doughnut—another nod to the country that inspired it. It might be the first—and only time—that eating a pastry that's turned green is completely safe.

Of course, these Irish-inspired treats are only around for a limited time. Because the green doughnuts are being made purely in honor of St. Patrick, they’ll only be stocked on shelves for two days: March 16 and 17, so perhaps you can pick one up in between bar crawls to enjoy alongside a pint of Guinness.

There’s nothing wrong with showing a little St. Patrick’s Day spirit by eating a green doughnut—also a good alternative if you don’t own any green clothes and don’t want to get pinched—but if you’re more traditional, Food & Wine has some actual Irish recipes on hand to help you properly celebrate the holiday. Maybe whip up one of these meals for dinner and then serve a box of Krispy Kreme’s green doughnuts for dessert? That’s the best of both worlds: a true tribute to Ireland, and a green treat to satisfy your more playful side.

Krispy Kreme is exceptionally good at finding simple ways to celebrate big occasions. The company created doughnuts in honor of the eclipse, National Gingerbread House Day, and even released pumpkin spice doughnuts for fall. If you like to take your random national holidays with a side of doughnut, then Krispy Kreme has you covered.