So the other day I walked into my local Dunkin’ Donuts and as the barista prepared my “usual” (large french vanilla ice coffee, light with cream, 4 Splendas) without even mumbling a word, I noticed a little box on the countertop right above the new Orbit™ gum and Altoids™ rack.
Behold… THE CROISSANT DONUT.
Now let’s not get all nutty… it’s not like it’s a new invention or anything. Most definitely DO NOT call it a Cronut™ because that’s been Trademarked by the Dominique Ansel Bakery here in New York City, the originators of this delightful little frankenstein of a pastry. So delightful, I once paid a guy $80 to wait on line from 3:00am until 8:30am for two of them.
This Croissant Donut nutritional information is a bit interesting. weighs in at a seemingly well balanced 300 calories… until you discover that 120 of those calories are from fat. Doh! Low carb diet? Fuggedaboutit… 39g of carbs in this little hybrid monster right here.
So what’s so wonderful about this? Basically on the inside, it’s a croissant… but on the outside it is an over the top glazed donut. It’s the unholy marriage of two of man’s favorite pastries. A union of the American blue collar sensibility with the French pinky in the air superiority complex. Of course, the glaze just makes it more American than French so it isn’t like we have to call them Freedom Donuts or anything.
How glazed you ask? WAY GLAZED! The Dunkin’ Donuts Croissant Donut only currently comes in one flavor… glazed croissant. The insides of the Dunkin’ Donuts one is a bit stiffer than Thee That Shall Not Be Compared To For Fear Of Trademark Infringement And Banishment From The Bakery Of Ansel, but once warmed up it’s absolute flattery to the originator… except that the glaze runs all over worse than a Cinnabon™. Still, I can see them taking this far far down the road. They could do chocolate. Or they could do chocolate. Maybe they will even do a chocolate one. /HINT
I have really high hopes for the delightful little pastry and am looking forward to seeing what Dunkin’ Donuts can do to keep it fresh and relevant in their product line.
If you want to know more about the actual Cronut™, be sure to check out Cronut™ 101.
Have you tried it? Have you tried that which it imitates? Which one did you like better?