Posted 8.22.13 @ 8:50
Last month we talked a little donut news, but now with the CNE in full swing, we're seeing the Cronut sensation sweeping Canada. What the heck is a Cronut and why is it sparking a black market on Kijiji for people to get their fix?
What the Heck is a Cronut?
A cronut is half croissant, half donut; some say it was an accident, others say it was providence. They first appeared on May 10, 2013 and quickly became a sensation the world over. They’re a delicious treat, but they also have a super short shelf life and they’re hard to find.
They’re made with a laminated dough that’s a lot like a croissant (but it’s proprietary, which makes them quite limited when trying to find one) is proofed like your usual donut and then fried in grapeseed oil at a secret temperature. They’re then rolled in sugar, filled with cream and glazed like any other donut. It can take up to 3 days to make a cronut, but many swear that they’re worth it.
Short Shelf Life
One of the many things that makes Cronuts stand apart from their donut cousins is the fact that they just don’t last very long. You can’t refrigerate them because they’ll fall flat, stale and get soggy (not so yummy), and if you don’t eat them that day they’ll grow stale anyway.
People Vying for a Bite
People are arriving at 5am at cronut shops just to have a shot at getting their own cronut. Some will try and get one to appease an angry partner or spouse, others will try and get one so they can impress a business partner or potential client. Others are just trying to avoid paying $20-$30 to the teen scalpers on Kijiji and Craigslist before they can sink their teeth into one for the first time (and avoid an overrated treat).
No One Knows How Many Calories Are in One
Some dieticians have labeled it a “nightmare” because, since everything about the cronut is proprietary, no one really knows just what’s inside of it.
Either way, most who have actually tried it call it sugary, flakey, and even lighter than they expected. A few who’ve tried it have called it overrated, but what can you do?
If you’re trying to get your fingers on a cronut you can find them around Toronto (namely Le Dolci and Splendido), or you could take a stab at a Toronto twist on it, the “crookie”. Instead of a plain cronut you get croissant/oreo cookie hybrid over at Clafouti.
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