Krispy Kreme, Big Macs Collide

Box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts | Image by Krispy Kreme

You will soon be able to wrap up your McDonald’s meal with a Krispy Kreme doughnut, thanks to a recently announced partnership between the two chains.

Beginning later this year, select McDonald’s will start selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the United States as part of an initial rollout. By the end of 2026, the tasty treats will be available at participating locations nationwide, according to a press release.

The option is already available at 160 locations in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, where the combination was tested. Demand for the addictive pastries exceeded expectations. As a result, the test locations will continue to serve the sugary snacks without interruption.

Diners can expect three options at the Golden Arches: the Original Glazed Doughnut, the Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut, and the Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled Doughnut.

“Since the launch of breakfast nearly 50 years ago, we’ve continued to offer new menu items, flavors, and experiences that have made McDonald’s an irreplaceable part of fans’ morning routines, said Tariq Hassan, McDonald’s USA’s chief marketing and customer experience officer.”

“This partnership is an exciting next step in that journey and a chance to unlock new business opportunities in the breakfast category and throughout the day. Our fans’ love for Krispy Kreme runs deep, and we can’t wait to make it even easier for them to satisfy their sweet tooth at McDonald’s restaurants across the country,” he continued.

The deal will permit Krispy Kreme to tap into a potential network of 13,500 McDonald’s locations across the United States. The doughnut chain’s president and CEO, Josh Charlesworth, said the partnership will “more than double our points of access by the end of 2026.”

“The top request we receive from consumers, every day, is, ‘please bring Krispy Kreme to my town.’ Partnering with McDonald’s on a national scale will provide our fans and doughnut lovers unprecedented daily access to fresh doughnuts and the joy that is Krispy Kreme.”

News of the partnership sent Krispy Kreme’s stock soaring nearly 40% by the close of market on Tuesday.

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