Dominique Ansel Bakery’s Cronut (New York City) has gone viral lately and even non-foodies are hearing about this sensation. News reports on this sweet treat have slowed down and you no longer see them everywhere but the cronut still compels locals and tourists to line up around the block and still regularly sells out very rapidly. You basically have to get there before 6am in order to maybe get one. Oh and you can have a max of two.
What is it? Well it’s a croissant/doughnut combination filled with cream and glazed. That’s it! Oh and no bakery can copy this creation as it’s already copyrighted. You can still find imitation recipes and pastries popping up all over the web though.
Frankly though, I don’t understand why this story has gone viral and international. Yeah it’s a cool idea. Sure it probably tastes good. Justin Silverman from the New York Daily News states that although it was good, it wasn’t much better than an éclair. Bakeries all over the place routinely come up with their own unique creations but they don’t always hit the spotlight. Why should the cronut? What about other first class bakeries in New York? Has their business suffered because they didn’t think of the Cronut first? Doesn’t their classic and time-tested recipes deserve a celebration as well?
As a foodie, I’m all about sharing interesting foods and trying new things and trying what supposedly is the best. If someone handed me a cronut, sure I’d eat it. But I would not waste my time standing in line for 2.5 hours just to possibly get the chance to eat one when there is so much more you could be doing in NYC.I had the pleasure of going there once and we had 4 jam packed days and did not even come close to seeing or trying everything. If you are a tourist, don’t waste your time. Make sure you see the rich history and classic sites and tastes of New York first.
In the end, the cronut is just another pastry.It might taste good but I think it is undeserving of it’s viral status and not worth standing in line for.
PS- You can look forward to more articles like this one about my thoughts and opinions on food related matters. Hope you like it!