Solar Eclipse: Doughnuts and Cupcakes

Krispy Kreme and Sprinkles are offering cosmic confections in honor of the big event.

Watching an eclipse seems like a straightforward, stay-still activity. But if we're talking about a solar eclipse, you can bet your hands will be busy.

You'll either be holding your pinhole camera, which will allow you to admire the event via a safe-to-gaze-at shadow, or you'll be making sure that your approved solar eclipse glasses are staying snugly in place, also for safety reasons.

Which all leads to this: You'll need to devour your special solar eclipse-themed treats just before or after the Monday, Aug. 21 happening.

Good thing, then, that both Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Sprinkles Cupcakes are starting the "eclipse edibles" party going a few days early, in case sky-watchers want to start the celebration in advance.

The Krispy Kreme treat? It's an Original Glazed Doughnut that's lusciously enrobed in chocolate glaze. If you can't remember this ever happening before, well, it is the first time, making it a must-try for both eclipse aficionados and devoted Krispy Kremers.

The limited-time Eclipse Doughnut will be available during the company's "Hot Light" hours on Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20 (doughnut devotees, you know what the famous Hot Light is, and how it keeps those just-made doughnuts toasty) and all day on Monday, Aug. 21.

Also? You'll also want to see if your local shop is participating in the creation of this cosmic confection.

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Speaking of cosmic confections, Sprinkles Cupcakes is bringing back its Black Velvet Cupcake in honor of the sun-moon match-up. It's a three-days-only kind of deal, and it will be available at Sprinkles around the country.

What's inside? Dutch process black cocoa, mmm, and the topping is whipped chocolate ganache. As for the iconic Sprinkles dot on top? There is something eclipse-y to it, in appearance, so see for yourself, at least before you eat it.

And a fun update: Be one of the first 50 people in line at a Sprinkles on Monday, Aug. 21 and score a pay-nothing cupcake. Sweet.

As for the sun and moon? Not edible — the moon isn't made of cheese and the sun is rather too fiery for the palate — which means we'll have to find our celebratory eclipse munchies here on Earth.

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