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A Krispy Kreme doughnut travels down the conveyor belt at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

A Krispy Kreme doughnut travels down the conveyor belt at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. ()

A Krispy Kreme doughnut travels down the conveyor belt at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

A Krispy Kreme doughnut travels down the conveyor belt at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. ()

Yakup Cirt prepares Krispy Kreme doughnut icing at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. AAFES bakers were given special training to produce the doughnuts, and are using original recipes.

Yakup Cirt prepares Krispy Kreme doughnut icing at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. AAFES bakers were given special training to produce the doughnuts, and are using original recipes. (Michael B Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are dunked in hot oil at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. AAFES uses actual Krispy Kreme ingredients, equipment and recipes to produce the doughnuts bound for exchange stores across Europe.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are dunked in hot oil at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. AAFES uses actual Krispy Kreme ingredients, equipment and recipes to produce the doughnuts bound for exchange stores across Europe. ()

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are coated with icing at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. This is the first AAFES production run of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Europe.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are coated with icing at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. This is the first AAFES production run of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Europe. (Michael B Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Marika Schaefer checks the Krispy Kreme doughnut icing temperature at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The doughnuts are produced with actual Krispy Kreme equipment and ingredients.

Marika Schaefer checks the Krispy Kreme doughnut icing temperature at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The doughnuts are produced with actual Krispy Kreme equipment and ingredients. ()

Krispy Kreme doughnuts dry before being boxed at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Thousands of doughnuts will be baked each week, and distributed to exchange stores across Europe.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts dry before being boxed at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Thousands of doughnuts will be baked each week, and distributed to exchange stores across Europe. ()

Krispy Kreme doughnuts travel on the conveyor belt to the boxing station at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. AAFES uses actual Krispy Kreme ingredients, equipment and recipes to produce the doughnuts bound for exchange stores across Europe.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts travel on the conveyor belt to the boxing station at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. AAFES uses actual Krispy Kreme ingredients, equipment and recipes to produce the doughnuts bound for exchange stores across Europe. ()

Workers box Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Thousands of doughnuts will be baked each week and distributed to exchange stores across Europe.

Workers box Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Thousands of doughnuts will be baked each week and distributed to exchange stores across Europe. ()

Omer Tuncel stacks trays of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that are ready for delivery at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. This is the first time AAFES has made a deal with Krispy Kreme to sell its doughnuts in Europe.

Omer Tuncel stacks trays of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that are ready for delivery at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. This is the first time AAFES has made a deal with Krispy Kreme to sell its doughnuts in Europe. (Michael B Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that are ready for delivery sit on the conveyor belt at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Thousands of doughnuts will be baked each week and distributed to exchange stores across Europe.

Boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that are ready for delivery sit on the conveyor belt at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Thousands of doughnuts will be baked each week and distributed to exchange stores across Europe. ()

Valerie Mathieu has a bite of her daughter's Krispy Kreme doughnut at the Fisher House at Landstuhl, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The Exchange Bakery Europe is producing and distributing Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Europe for the first time.

Valerie Mathieu has a bite of her daughter's Krispy Kreme doughnut at the Fisher House at Landstuhl, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The Exchange Bakery Europe is producing and distributing Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Europe for the first time. (Michael B Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Army Sgt. Maj. Keith Craig, senior enlisted adviser to the Exchange in Europe and Southwest Asia, right, serves a Krispy Kreme doughnut to deployed Army Staff Sgt. Terry Kemp at the USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Craig delivered more than 50 boxes of doughnuts to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl Fisher Houses and the USO Warrior Center.

Army Sgt. Maj. Keith Craig, senior enlisted adviser to the Exchange in Europe and Southwest Asia, right, serves a Krispy Kreme doughnut to deployed Army Staff Sgt. Terry Kemp at the USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Craig delivered more than 50 boxes of doughnuts to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl Fisher Houses and the USO Warrior Center. (Michael B Keller/Stars and Stripes)

LANDSTUHL, Germany — The quest to find a sugary sweet confection in the land of rhubarb tortes and apple strudels is about to get easier for American troops and their families.

Starting Tuesday, Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be sold in more than a dozen Army and Air Force Exchange Service express stores in Germany, mostly in the Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden areas. And the irresistible sugar-coated, fried dough rings will soon be tempting consumers at military exchange and express stores throughout Europe in the coming days and months.

AAFES has inked a deal with the American doughnut giant to produce and sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Europe.

The doughnuts will be baked by the thousands five days a week at the Exchange Bakery Europe in Gruenstadt, with actual Krispy Kreme equipment and ingredients that specially trained AAFES bakers will use to follow the original Krispy Kreme recipes to a T. Initially, about 13 flavors will be available, from the Original Glazed and Chocolate Iced Custard Filled to Glazed Raspberry Filled and Sour Crème Cake doughnuts. More flavors will follow in 2016, AAFES officials said.

The doughnuts will be sold at express stores at other bases in Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom starting Nov. 24. In December, the roll-out will be expanded to more far-flung U.S. installations in Turkey, Italy, Portugal, and Cairo. The doughnuts will begin appearing at base commissaries early next year, AAFES officials said.

Troops were clamoring for Krispy Kreme, said Army Sgt. Maj. Keith Craig, the senior enlisted adviser to the Exchange in Europe and Southwest Asia, and that’s why AAFES sought to bring the products to Europe.

“I hope they’re like ‘Wow, this reminds me of when I was growing up,’ ” he said. “It’s home away from home.”

After the first Krispy Kreme doughnuts were baked Monday morning, Craig delivered about 50 boxes of doughnuts to military members and their families at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, making stops at the Landstuhl Fisher Houses, the USO Warrior Center and a patient ward inside the hospital.

Few, if any, turned down the free treats.

“It will be a little taste of home,” said Army Spc. Nathan Mathieu, 25, a satellite communications technician assigned to Grafenwoehr. “We’ve been trying to hunt down a Dunkin’ Donuts since we’ve been here.”

Mathieu, 25, and his family have lived in Germany for nearly three years. Despite having roots in the northeastern United States, where Dunkin’ Donuts is big, Mathieu said he prefers Krispy Kreme.

“This is a step up,” he said, while sharing a box of Krispy Kreme blueberry cake doughnuts with his wife and three kids at the Fisher House.

At the USO Warrior Center, deployed Army Staff Sgt. Terry Kemp gave the thumbs up after tasting a glazed cake doughnut. His favorite flavor is the Original Glazed, but “only if the sign is on,” he said, referring to the neon red sign that lights up when glazed doughnuts are fresh from the oven.

A Krispy Kreme bakery is “right down the street” from Kemp’s home in Georgia, where he’s stationed at Fort Stewart.

Eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut ranks up there with enjoying a pizza or a steak after a deployment, he said.

With one Original Glazed packing about 200 calories and about five grams of saturated fat, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are potential waist-tape measurement busters, the nightmare of every military physical training leader.

Not to worry, Kemp said. “Moderation.”

svan.jennifer@stripes.com

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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