Top Ten Cronut Impersonators

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The original Cronut — half croissant, half doughnut — is the creation of Manhattan bakery Chef Dominique Ansel. The Cronut is made from thin layers of flaky croissant dough that are deep fried, rolled in rose sugar, and then filled with light Tahitian vanilla cream.

After its launch on May 10, 2013, Cronut™ fans spanned the world from Berlin to Singapore, making it the most viral dessert item to date.

From Chef Dominique Ansel’s website:

The Makings of a Cronut™

Taking 2 months and more than 10 recipes, Chef Dominique Ansel’s creation is not to be mistaken as simply croissant dough that has been fried. Made with a laminated dough which has been likened to a croissant (but uses a proprietary recipe), the Cronut™ is first proofed and then fried in grapeseed oil at a specific temperature.

Once cooked, each Cronut™ is flavored in three ways: 1. rolled in sugar; 2. filled with cream; and 3. topped with glaze. Cronuts™ are made fresh daily, and completely done in house. The entire process takes up to 3 days.

There is only one flavor of Cronut™ every month. The inaugural flavor in May was Rose Vanilla, and for June it is Lemon Maple. In July, we introduce the Blackberry Cronut™.

FriendsEAT co-founder Blanca Valbuena thought it would be fun to explore the various Cronut imitations that have surfaced since the original Cronut creation in May of this year. So Blanca has provided a list of the top ten Cronut impersonators.

1) Texas Chef Claims She Invented Cronuts

Leslie Brenner of the Dallas Morning News claims Kaanache, the chef of Private Social in Dallas, says that not only did she invent the cronut,but she also wants the world to know she was serving them as far back as February — three months before Dominique Ansel started rolling out his custom laminated dough and making the doughnut-croissant hybrid at his Soho bakery.But as Grub Street points out the similarities end with the name. Because Brenner found the cronuts at PS weren’t really sweet or savory, they resembled “cake-like fritters.”Kaanache laced a wire through her “cronuts” and served them dangling from a hook. The cronut was crawfish-flavored on one visit. Another time, they were served with a curry cream made with honey.

2) Doughssants

Spudnuts is promoting their own version of Cronuts that they call Doughssants, flaky and delicate, filled with whipped custard, lightly glazed, and drizzled with chocolate hazelnut or dusted with powdered sugar.

Spudnuts is located at  8225 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Canoga Park, California 91304

Hours of Operation: Mon – Sun: 5:00 am – 9:00 pm

3) Crookie

A Canadian pastry chef has come up with the crookie. Mail Online notes the cookie-croissant mix is made by stuffing croissant dough with crushed Double Stuf Oreos and icing sugar, then baking it with half an Oreo placed on top. The result is a delicious-looking cake, flaky and gooey all at once.

Clafouti Patisserie et Cafe is located at 915 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, Canada

4) Crullant

Sharlena Fong is the owner of Semisweet Bakery in downtown L.A., and she has created her own version of the Cronut which she calls a crullant.

“I’ve never actually had the cronut, but I heard about the cronut at Dominique Ansel’s in New York and at first I was like, oh, that looks amazing,” said Fong.

“I didn’t really think about making my own for quite some time until the LA Times article that said, hey, LA pastry chefs, come on make a cronut! I thought, I have all the equipment here and I have all the ingredients. Why not start trying?”

Semi Sweet Bakery is located at 105 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Hours of Operation:

Monday: Closed
Tues-Thur: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

5) The Frances Donut

At Frances Bakery, the Frances Donut is their version of the cronut, which is custard filled with a combination of a buttery and flaky croissant on the inside, and the texture and sweetness of a donut on the outside. Also available in chocolate.

Frances’ Bakery is located at 801 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Sat: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

6) Dossants

Sportello offers “dossants”, a croissant-donut hybrid topped with strawberry frosting and little strawberry bits, filled with creme between croissant layers. See photos on Sportello’s Facebook page.

Sportello’s is located at 348 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Thu: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm

7) Cro-Not

The Gallows offers a “cro-not” at Sunday brunches, made with a strawberry sauce, powdered sugar, and creme.

The Gallows is located at 1395 Washington Street in Boston’s South End

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Wed: 5:00–10:00 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

8) Crognet

La Boulangerie, a French Bakery in Chicago has created their version of a Cronut called a crognet — cross between a croissant and a beignet — which sells out daily. According to their Facebook page, they are available glazed with either classic vanilla, caramel or bacon vanilla frosting, filled with fruit jam or chocolate glazed with vanilla filling.

La Boulangerie is located at 2569 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat-Sun: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

9) Doughssant

According to Facebook, West Town Bakery’s executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira developed the Doughssant, a croissant and a filled long john doughnut in three flavors: chocolate raspberry, blueberry lavender and coffee cream cheese.

West Town Bakery is located at 1916 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Thu: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 7:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

10) Cronuts at Glazed & Infused

According to Time Out Chicago’s Kevin Aeh, the doughnut shop Glazed & Infused was one of the first places in the city to offer its take on the Cronut, and it hasn’t changed the name. They cost $3 each, and flavors included cinnamon-sugar cronuts, chocolate glazed, and black and white cronuts.

Various locations & hours Check their website at the link above for details.

7-30 Update - Dunkin’ Donuts in Korea now serves “New York Pie Donuts“. There’s a limit of two per person and we hear the line is IN-sa-Ne!

8-6 Update - DK’s Donuts & Bakery has been forced to change the name of its “DKronuts” to “DK Double Decker O-Nut” when they received a cease and desist from the Cook Law Group who is working on behalf of Dominique Ansel Bakery to protect the Cronut’s trademark.

DK’s Donuts is located at 1614 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Hours of Operation: 24 hours 7 days a week

9-2 Update - PhoWheels has created an Astro Doughnut Banh Mi with a savory Astros doughnut made of bacon, cheddar and chives.

Chocolate Eclair doughnut croissant whole foods9-28 Update - Starting October 1, Whole Foods in Portland will be selling cronuts brought in from Boston Gourmet Chefs.

crumbs crumbnuts uws9-28 Update - Crumbs on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is now serving Crumbnuts, their version of the cronut.  They sell for $2.95 and come with or without cream. They are available at the Amsterdam Avenue & 77th, 92nd & Broadway, 97th & Columbus and 109th & Broadway locations.

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