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McDonald’s welcomes new menu item, Krispy Kreme Donuts, free donuts on Tuesday at Krispy Kremes to signal the deal

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McDonald’s customers will soon have the opportunity to indulge in Krispy Kreme doughnuts alongside their morning beverages from McDonald’s, thanks to a new partnership between the two renowned brands. Beginning later this year, McDonald’s outlets across the nation will offer their customers the option of purchasing three Krispy Kreme doughnut varieties: the classic original glazed, chocolate iced with sprinkles, and the decadent chocolate iced “kreme” filled.

To celebrate the new partnership, Krispy Kreme is offering a free glazed doughnut to guests visiting its locations between 5 and 9 pm on Tuesday.

The introduction of Krispy Kreme doughnuts at McDonald’s began as a test at 160 restaurants in Kentucky and will be gradually rolled out nationwide by the end of 2026. Customers will have the option to purchase individual doughnuts or packs of six, with availability starting at breakfast until supplies last.

This venture represents an innovative move to expand both McDonald’s breakfast offerings and Krispy Kreme’s market presence, providing customers with a wider array of tempting treats to enjoy. Their plan includes attracting new customers, expanding brand reach, and fostering innovation. 

While most locations will not experience delivery problems, there are concerns that servicing rural McDonald’s locations, particularly those situated more than 20 miles from urban centers may be problematic.

The partnership is expected to expand Krispy Kreme’s accessibility, aligning with the company’s commitment to delivering fresh doughnuts daily.

McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme anticipate unlocking new business opportunities through their collaboration, particularly in the breakfast category and sweet items offered throughout the day. While collaborations between competing brands are not unheard of, some industry experts caution against potentially diluting the distinct brand identities involved. Similar collaborations have occurred between major restaurant chains and popular food brands, such as Taco Bell’s Doritos-flavored tacos and Wendy’s Cinnabon treats, which have proven to be successful partnerships.

Despite the potential benefits, financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, and the partnership remains exclusive to the United States through 2026.

This new partnership comes as McDonald’s has been grappling with customer pushback over rising menu prices, prompting efforts to address affordability concerns.

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