You Can Plan an Entire Road Trip Around the Krispy Kreme Hot Light

Follow along if your go-to snack is a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme Hot Light
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If you've ever had an Original Glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme, you'll understand why this Southern sweet has a cult-like following. Perfectly soft and pillowy, Krispy Kreme's doughnuts are so good that many bypass the more deluxe flavors – like the new Reese's Peanut Butter Doughnut – for a hot, fresh Original Glazed doughnut. There's just something about that green and red box that makes all bad days better.

If you're a self-proclaimed doughnut aficionado who takes the longer-way home in order to hit your local Krispy Kreme before dinner, listen up. It turns out that there's a way to fuel your Hot Light addiction all around the South – the Krispy Kreme map.

"Don't all chain restaurants have maps? Isn't that how you find the location nearest you?" You're right, friend. Most chain restaurants do have maps. But, dear doughnut lovers, does your local chain restaurant map also have indicators that show you when the Hot Light is on? You heard that correctly: the Krispy Kreme map will let you know when your local doughnut shop has its best-ever, freshest doughnuts. Simply enter your zip code and scan for the Hot Light symbol.

On the left-hand side, you can check which Krispy Kreme is closest to you and what hours the Hot Light will be on at that location. And because Southerners tend to take things to the next level, our first inclination after hearing this glorious Hot Light news was, naturally, to map out a road trip with stops around these fresh, hot, tasty doughnuts.

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To plan your own road trip, take a look at the Krispy Kreme map in the areas you're traveling, and jot down the hours that the Hot Light will be glowing its neon light in the darkness. Or, be spontaneous and check the map for the Hot Light symbol and go where the smell of Original Glazed doughnuts leads you.

If you're truly planning your days around the prospects of munching on some hot, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts, you can map your nearest Krispy Kreme location from your phone in the new Rewards app and get notifications when that neon Hot Light turns on. Honestly, no one's ever alone when the Krispy Kreme Hot Light is a phone alert away.

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