Boston Kreme vs. Bavarian Kreme vs. Bismark: What’s the Difference?

Boston Kreme vs. Bavarian Kreme vs. Bismark: What’s the Difference?

Although we dropped donuts from our name, here at Dunkin’ we are still very dedicated to our donuts. With so many donut varieties at your local store, you may be wondering what is the difference between yeast treats like Boston Kreme, Bavarian Kreme and Bismark? What even is Bavarian Kreme filling and why does it taste so amazing?

Rick Golden, Manager of Donut Excellence in the Dunkin’ Test Kitchen, offers insights into the subtle differences between these yeast donuts! Keep reading to learn more.

Boston Kreme

This classic donut is a yeast shell, with Bavarian Kreme filling, topped with chocolate icing. It’s a delicious donut variety that’s not just popular here in America, but also around the world at Dunkin’.

Bavarian Kreme

Similar to the Boston Kreme, this donut is a yeast shell with Bavarian Kreme filling. However, instead of a chocolate glaze topping, the Bavarian Kreme is tossed in powdered sugar. Bavarian Kreme filling was created to resemble the traditional Boston Kreme filling for a cake.


This premium and decadent donut includes more dough, filling and topping due to its rectangular shape. Depending on your location, the name and build of this donut may vary! Down South, this may be called a Long John, and could be unfilled and tossed in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. In the Northeast, it can be similar to a Boston Kreme with chocolate icing and Bavarian Kreme filling, resembling an Éclair. We also use the Bismark to make fancies, filled with raspberry jelly and topped with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles.

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