"How will we ever know what a Cheerwine-doughnut marriage tastes like?!"

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[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

When Laurel came back from Edisto Island, South Carolina, with a box of Krispy Kreme Cheerwine Kreme Filled Doughnuts (purchased at the local Piggly Wiggly) we gathered around, equal parts curious and giddy. Oooh, Cheerwine. The cherry-flavored soda isn't spotted much outside of the southeastern United States, plus this was multiplied by doughnuts—limited edition doughnuts, mind you.

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Looks like a normal doughnut. (Because it is!)

Cheerwine partnered with the North Carolina-based Krispy Kreme to release these special (well, the only special part was that pink Cheerwine-spiked cream filling; otherwise it was just a chocolate icing and sprinkles-topped doughnut) for the month of July. They were sold only at grocery stores in the Carolinas.

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Things that are not involved in this photo: Cheerwine Kreme filling.

Robyn cut into one. Weird, it appeared...filling-less. Just your average air-pocketty plain doughnut innards. Where was the pink surprise they promised us? We dissected the other five. Still, no filling to be found. It was kind of like discovering the double yolked-eggs from Trader Joe's—minus the joy, the smiles, and the celebratory omelettes after. This was straight-up depressing. And not fair. At all.

Krispy Kreme, what gives? Why would you play with our emotions like this? It will never be July 2010 again. We're not going back to the Carolinas anytime soon. How will we ever know what a Cheerwine-doughnut marriage tastes like?! Even if it wasn't that life-changing, how will we ever know?

Robyn summed it up perfectly in a tweet: "We got a box of six Cheerwine donuts from Krispy Kreme and NONE OF THEM WAS FILLED. EPIC. FUGGIN. FAIL."

Krispy employee who was napping on the job: hope your slumber was pleasant, but you owe us a small carton of that mystery Cheerwine kreme. Thanks.

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