I first read about the unique cronuts pastry sensation by Chef Dominique Ansel several months ago when I was abroad. By the time I came back home in New York for three weeks during the summer, the cronuts craze has swept the world over. Tourists and New Yorkers alike would get up extra early to get on a seemingly endless line pouring out of this tiny bakery in SoHo every day.
In no time, this “hybrid of a donut and croissant” has been imitated by other bakeries and dessert cafes all over America and Asia. Some say the original cronuts are still the best, while others beg to differ, stating they’ve had better cronuts-imitation elsewhere.
Since I’ve been back in New York in December, I have thought about waking up early one day just to get in line for these cronuts. That and I was intensely curious if they live up to the hype. However, on bitterly-cold winter mornings, the last thing I want to do is get out of a warm, comfortable bed just to get in line for some pastries. One Saturday morning, my friend Oscar and I made it there around 9am while we were walking his dog. Ten minutes into the line and someone informed us there would be none left by the time we get in. We left immediately.
One day last week, the opportunity presented itself simply. I worked one night shift, got out of work by 7:20AM and headed straight for SoHo. My heart soared when I saw no line outside, but the minute I walked in, my face fell. There was still quite a line, but happy to report that I waited only about half an hour.
Needless to say, I finally got my hands on those famous cronuts – maximum of two per person in the bakery, possibly more if you pre-order online. They even come packaged in a very cute yellow box! They have different flavors monthly and January’s was Peanut Butter Rum Caramel. Though I love peanut butter all by itself or with bananas or apples, I’m not a big fan of peanut butter-flavored anything. So, in my opinion, it would have been a lot better if it was just caramel and rum.
My verdict? It definitely lives up to the hype, but I couldn’t eat more than one. It was so sweet and filling I immediately went into a diabetic coma. Get in line super early or pre-order online; their website has the monthly flavor information if you’re curious about trying them.
Have you tried cronuts? What did you think? Would you ever wait in line for more than an hour?