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Cronuts, anyone know if anyone makes them in Canada?

As far as I am aware, there isn't any patisserie that offers these, but I am hoping that someone will contradict me on this.

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  1. From my understanding only one place in NYC makes "cronuts" but there may be places that do their own variation on them.

    Loblaw's / Zehrs at some locations do doughnuts and they have a "croissant doughnut" which may be similar

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    1. re: ylsf

      A story in the Grid (http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...) suggests that the Loblaws version predates the cronut, but is shaped more like a croissant than a doughnut. Apparently they're pretty good, too (although sort of hard to do a side-by-side comparison I guess).

      1. re: Strongbad789

        I was in the MLG Loblaws on the weekend and picked up one of their "croissant doughnuts" (just the regular flavour, not the maple glazed or whatever the other flavour was). It wasn't hot out of the oven or anything, but it was really very good (frankly I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was much better than I was thinking it might be). Nice light texture...not exactly like a croissant inside (not as buttery or flaky), more of a hybrid between a doughnut and a croissant. No filling inside.

        No idea if it's anything like the cronuts from NYC, but it definitely made me want to try the ones from the Maple Bakery in Vaughan that people are discussing below.

    2. There are couple of small patisseries in Montreal experimenting with cronuts, but around these parts--Quebec--the whole fad is met with bewilderment and dismissal!

      1. So far, the closest thing we have in Toronto is the crookie, which is made by Clafouti. Here is the link:

        http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/f...

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        1. re: kwass

          My SO and I were at Clafouti on July 1st and they had just put these freshly baked Oreo crookies out. We didn't realize it was a new item as I know they often sell out of things. He couldn't resist and got one. I watched him eat it - way too much saturated fat for me (or anyone!); he enjoyed it immensely. Definitely not an every day item!

          1. re: bluefirefly

            I want to go and get one, but as you said, I know that they sell out of things, so I'm concerned about making a trip for nothing.

            1. re: kwass

              Tried the crookie today. It exceeded our expectations. I think it works because the pastry itself is delicious and compliments the Oreo flavours perfectly. Don't expect to like it if you don't like Oreos as it doesn't exactly transform the Oreo to new heights.

              1. re: justsayn

                I LOVE oreos. The only reason I haven't tried it yet was I worried that it might be too sweet. Did you find it to be particularly sweet?

                1. re: kwass

                  You will definitely not find it to be too sweet kwass. I believe it is right within your range. As an Oreo LOVER, run don't walk ; )

                  1. re: justsayn

                    Ok. Thanks justsayn! I was going to go to Sud Forno tomorrow for a doughnut, but it looks like I might have to change my plans, as Clafouti seems to be calling my name :)

                    1. re: kwass

                      Have you had their peanut butter banana chocolate croissant?

                      1. re: justsayn

                        Noooo. I didn't even know that they made one. Tell me more!

                        1. re: kwass

                          It's exactly as it sounds. Fresh banana, peanut butter and chocolate stuffed in a croissant. Lots of textures and flavours. It's very well done. Sound good? If so, give it a go for sure!

                          1. re: justsayn

                            OMG! It sounds ridiculously good! I'm adding it to my list for tomorrow.

                            You're going to make me fat justsayn ;)

                            1. re: kwass

                              Nah. It'll just be the shirt that makes you LOOK fat...

                              ; )

                            2. re: justsayn

                              Wow, that does sound awesome...

                              I am cutting out sweets for a while because I am training otherwise I would totally want to try one of these sooner rather than later.

                              1. re: ylsf

                                Then I won't tell you guys how the contents leak out and caramelize on the ends.... : P

                                1. re: justsayn

                                  So, I went today, and I got the crookie and the chocolate-peanut butter-banana croissant.

                                  I'll start with the crookie. It was surprisingly good! Oreo in every bite. The oreo kept its crunch and it wasn't too sweet at all. Very very good, although not something I would rush back for.

                                  The chocolate- peanut butter-banana croissant...well that's another story. OMG...RUN EVERYONE! It is so good! Wow!! I JUST finished it, and it's left me speechless :)

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    Glad you loved the PB combo! : )

                                    It isn't new actually. We've been eating them for at least 2 years. They are still as good as the first day.

                                    1. re: justsayn

                                      It was unbelievable!! Thanks for telling me about it justsayn!!

                              2. re: justsayn

                                What? No one told me about that or I would have picked up one on Friday too. Shoot.

                                1. re: lucywinchester

                                  You have to go back and get one lucy!!

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    Shooooot - back to the west end, I go!!

                                    1. re: lucywinchester

                                      I don't think you'll be disappointed!

            2. I haven't tried either the (trademarked) original or their version but Le Dolci on the North side of Dundas West just by Trinity Bellwoods had a sign outside for cronuts this past Saturday.

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              1. re: FrenchSoda

                You have to let s know how they are if you try them! I might have to make a special trip :)

                1. re: kwass

                  I should have gone in and tried one, but my friends and I were just too stuffed from brunch! Maybe next weekend. : )

                    1. re: kwass

                      I tried the cronuts at Le Dolci yesterday and have a few things to report: they are very small for a $3 item (should be called cronut holes in my opinion!); and they are good (the salted caramel was better than the chocolate in my opinion) but not better than a sugar ball from Chinatown if you want a sugar-coated, fried-dough treat.

                      I would be interested in trying one from Maple Bakery to see if it has more of a wow factor, but, sadly, the Le Dolci ones were underwhelming and not food-craze worthy, I don't think.

                      As a side note, they don't seem to have air conditioning at Le Dolci and so the swirls of chocolate and caramel on the cronuts on display (and I suspect mine in the box even before I got them out into that heat yesterday) were totally melted which made them far less appealing (see photo).

                      The crookie I picked up from Clafouti yesterday, however, was delicious! But that's another story (or thread).

                       
                      1. re: lucywinchester

                        If you have eaten a sugar ball from chinatown then the maple bakery ones aren't that far off. At least the cinnamon and sugar ones I ate were along the same comparison.

                        Yes they are airy but the overall taste is the same. You taste the sugar and oil.

                        1. re: flonie

                          Thanks fionie. I am beginning to think I might not have to make the drive to Vaughan after all :)

                          1. re: lucywinchester

                            Wow, I went to see your pictures. are you sure those are from LD? They don't look anything like what was shown in a review!

                            Was the Crookie good? It seemed like an oreo inside a pastry.

                            Sometimes I wonder if I can slap a few things together and then say "ta da"! and make lots of $$$ in the meantime

                            How about a donut baked inside a lasagna? Laugh if you will but I better go trademark "dosagna" or the "lasanut" ya never know ;)

                            1. re: flonie

                              The crookie was great - a croissant stuffed with oreos, then garnished with one. It was not overwhelmingly oreo-y or sickeningly sweet either, which I see as good things. The cookies formed a soft sweet - vaguely oreo cookie flavoured - interior that made for a very good croissant eating experience. I would definitely go back for another.

                              1. re: lucywinchester

                                Because of all of your posts, I'm really looking forward to trying it tomorrow!

                        2. re: lucywinchester

                          Thank you so much for the report LW. I'm disappointed to hear that they didn't live up to the hype. I was supposed to go tomorrow, but unfortunately something's come up, so it might be a couple of weeks until I get there.

                          As for the Crookie from Clafouti, that's been on my list of things to try for a while. Can you tell us more about it?

                          1. re: kwass

                            I had the crookie today. It was good but I didn't find it to be anything particularly special. I feel like I could recreate the flavour by alternating bites between a croissant and an Oreo.

                            1. re: ramenramen

                              It is what it is. Nothing sophisticated. But the one we had today was quite different than what one would get by simply alternating bites.

                            2. re: kwass

                              Yeah, kwass, I wouldn't rush to Le Dolci, but will be interested to hear your review when you do get there. There is always the possibility (or faint hope) of inconsistent results and I got them on a very bad day....

                              1. re: lucywinchester

                                Thanks lw. I'm not going to rush @ this point, but I'll definitely report back when I do get there.

                    2. re: FrenchSoda

                      Whoa, good to know. I walk by all the time with the dog. I'll have to pop by and pick one up!

                      1. re: ramenramen

                        Whoever gets their first, has to report back. I'm going to try and get there on Sunday.

                      2. re: FrenchSoda

                        Had the Le Dolci Cronuts on Friday morning. They were still warm and bought both the chocolate amd caramel. Delicious. Big hit in the office. Just the right size, sort of crispy/crunchy and not too sweet. This shop is a gem in the neighbourhood!

                        1. re: thebutcher

                          Agreed! I had tried the same ones today and thought they were great! Am now curious about all their other offerings.

                          Looks like the publicity has been good for them - there was a steady stream of customers all wanting cronuts.

                      3. Just read the Cronut 101 on Ansel's web site. Wow, quite a process in making them. Strict rules when ordering large batches or reserving 2 orders almost reminding me of the soup Nazi episode. All this for a dessert. I say wait till next year when everyone's had their fill then go to NYC and get one. The line ups should be better by then.

                        1. Maple Bakery makes em
                          10040 Keele St
                          Maple, ON L6A 1G3
                          I have never tried em but have read about em on Yelp site.

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                          1. re: elvisahmed

                            Also: Loblaws (Carlton)

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                            From: http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

                            But here’s the funny thing: Loblaws actually started selling the croissant-donut at their 60 Carlton St. store a year and a half ago. A 2011 press release about the store’s opening mentions an “incredible donut croissant” and a post on the Cookbook Store’s blog about the new MLG store, dated a month later, states that “there are even croissant doughnuts (sic)—better than you might imagine.”
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                            1. re: jlunar

                              I'm not sure about my 1st experience with a cronut being one from Loblaws. I'm not usually a snob, but...

                              1. re: jlunar

                                However, if someone has tried one from Loblaws, and can vouch for it, I might be convinced to reconsider :)

                                1. re: jlunar

                                  You are late, the link was posted below by Strongbad789 :)

                                  I recall mention of the croissant doughnuts ages ago in the "master" doughnut thread too. From what I understand some Zehr's stores do it too but unfortunately I haven't seen doughnuts outside of the Carlton Loblaws stores (i.e. out of luck in regions where there are Loblaws instead of Zehrs).

                                  Bottom line is that they seem like two totally different products anyway.

                              2. The ones at Zehr's are actually pretty damn good, I was surprised!

                                Too bad the closest one to me is Guelph

                                1. All these other "cronuts" that pre-date Ansel's bakery yes were croissant/donut hybrids, but the question is are they the same as the NYC cronut? The one from Loblaws doesn't seem so as someone described them more like a glazed donut. The one from NYC has layers like a pastry and filled with a flavoured cream. The other bakeries need to make a very similar experience in order to compare. I personally want to try the crookie.

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                                  1. re: scarberian

                                    Zehr's has been selling them since at least the 80's or 90's. They essentially took a croissant, deepfried it like a doughnut, then glazed it. Sometimes even coated it in chocolate.

                                    They were ridiculously good.

                                    Good for this chef for doing this, but in Ontario we've been doing this for decades.

                                    1. re: pakmode

                                      Anyone had one recently from Zehr's?

                                      I tried the apple fritters (disappointing) after a couple of recs on this board and then found out that they no longer "bake" them in store. I believe the stuff all comes frozen from head office now...

                                      1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                        What?!? Are you serious?

                                        If so, that really really sucks.

                                        1. re: pakmode

                                          That's what the "bakery lady" (LOL) told me. She lamented the "good old days - when they baked everything and even got the apples from the Produce section..."

                                          I bought an apple fritter anyway and it was pretty ordinary. At that point, my expectations were lowered considerably, so no need for a defibrillator or anything...

                                          No such thing as a freshly baked donut from a Zehr's store anymore as I understand it. Unless your tweaking the word "baked" a la Tim's. It appears that my fellow chowhounds who experienced the Zehr's donuts years ago had a fabulous treat that simply can't be compared to what can be purchased there now.

                                          Oh well...

                                  2. Victor Barry of Splendido has been making them at Fika on and off. He also did them for a street festival, but I forget which one it was.

                                    Only issue is you never know when he's going to make them - as I haven't had a chance to try them yet!

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                                    1. re: justxpete

                                      He made them for The Stop's Night Market.

                                        1. re: justxpete

                                          Yep. Very good, very rich. Only ate half so I could keep stuffing my face at all the other booths!

                                    2. Wow, the "Crookie" is getting international attention too:

                                      http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

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                                        1. re: kwass

                                          If anyone goes to try it this weekend, please let us know. Unfortunately I am going to be still dealing with flooding damage for the next few days, no time for forays. But I'll need a treat at the end of this ordeal!

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            If you look at the cross section shot and compare it to the cross section show of the new York ones on google images you will see that this one falls short the new York one you can see the layered croissant dough.. this one is all air bubbles - no layering effect at all in the main body of the donut. I would not have high hopes for it at all...

                                          2. Had a "cronut" today from Maple Bakery in Vaughan. Wow, was it ever delicious! I'm not sure if it was "authentic", but even if it wasn't, it was utterly fantastic!!

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                                            1. re: kwass

                                              Let us know when you try the Le Dolci ones as well (or have you already) and which comes out on top!

                                              1. re: lucywinchester

                                                I plan on trying the Le Dolci ones very soon, so I will...absolutely!!

                                                1. re: kwass

                                                  I plan to go to Le Dolci this Friday and will report back. I am going to call ahead to see if they can set some aside for me.

                                                  1. re: lucywinchester

                                                    Funny...I'm planning on going on Sunday, so we'll compare our experiences :)

                                              2. re: kwass

                                                Do you have a picture of it? Would love to see how it compares

                                                1. re: flonie

                                                  I don't, but I'm going to be in the area again on Monday, so I will get some more and take a picture.

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    When are you going to try the Le Dolci ones? I can't get out to vaughan in time but I'd like to know how they compare to the Le dolci ones. Someone was saying online that the Le Dolci ones aren't really a cronut because if you cut it in half, it doesn't have the multiple layers like the "Cronut"

                                                    1. re: flonie

                                                      Unfortunately, I don't think it will be this weekend, but I'm hoping to get there the following weekend.

                                                  2. re: flonie

                                                    Here are two of Maple Bakery's cronuts

                                                     
                                                    1. re: taterbrandy

                                                      Are they all iced? If you were to cut the Maple Bakery's in half would it look like the 'cronut'? Where it's like multiple layers?

                                                      Where is this place located in Vaughan? Is it big or is it a small place?

                                                      1. re: flonie

                                                        They aren't all iced. The flavours are as follows:
                                                        cinnamon sugar
                                                        sugar
                                                        vanilla glazed
                                                        chocolate glazed
                                                        maple glazed

                                                        And, yes...if I remember correctly, it looked like a cronut when it was cut in 1/2.

                                                        Finally, it's located in the 1st block just north of Major Mack on the West Side of Keele.

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          http://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/maple-b...

                                                          Someone says they have velvet cronut but from the picture it doesn't seem like a cronut, more like a velvet cake donut with icing in hte middle.

                                                          I wrote a while back about New Sky Restaurant, where you one of the ppl that said you'd been there? Was just wonderin'

                                                          1. re: flonie

                                                            No. I've never been to New Sky Restaurant.

                                                            They might have a velvet cronut. Come to think of it, I remember hearing that too. However, they didn't have it when I was there.

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              I tried two today and they are alright. I mean they are donuts.

                                                              Maybe I am jumping on the cronut band wagon. I was expecting it to be very flaky in the middle.

                                                              I'm glad we went with the sugar and the cinnamon sugar. I didn't see the store but I sent my Dad who was in the area. Overall it's a nice donut. Is it worth $3.50? No

                                                              I think the donut and actually this and the one from Sud Forno all remind me of a simple fried sugar twist donut that European bakeries have and I've seen at the chinese ones too.

                                                              I mean it's not bad but pricey for what you get. Someone mentioned Nova bakery, I had the lemon ones once and that is a good donut too if it's called that.

                                                              I have to stop eating all these donuts!!! I usually don't eat sweets that much but with all this donut craze I've been eating one or two at a time.

                                                              Let me know how the Le dolci ones turn out. I must remind myself not to give in though, my wallet and stomach can't take it ;)

                                                              I just wrote this and now I have to revise it. Even though it's a regular donut that's nothing special, I have a craving right now!!! I'd like to get them sugared on one side, it's too sweet.

                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                            It seems like I would need to pack a lunch to make that trek to get one of these bad boys - says the downtown dweller!

                                                            1. re: JennaBean

                                                              I wouldn't trek all the way up north just to try one. Especially since le Dolci is right downtown. If le Dolci wasn't making them though, I'd say you might want to consider a road-trip :)

                                                              Will definitely let everyone know how le Dolci compares. Sunday can't come soon enough :)

                                                          3. re: flonie

                                                            They are not all iced, and they are multilayered once you cut them. Maple Bakery is in a plaza on the west side of Keele, just north of Major MacKenzie.

                                                      2. re: kwass

                                                        The Cinnamon Sugar is the best seller, but I really enjoyed the Chocolate Iced & Vanilla Iced today they were worth every cent of $3.75. Great hot table at Maple Bakery too.

                                                        1. re: taterbrandy

                                                          I agree...they are worth EVERY cent!! That being said, I wasn't particularly fond of the vanilla glazed.

                                                          I understand why the cinnamon sugar is their best-seller. It was truly unbelievable. Like nothing I'd ever had before. In fact, it was so good that I can't stop thinking about it :)

                                                        2. re: kwass

                                                          Do they call them "Cronuts" at the Maple Bakery? My parents are heading up in that area (San Antonio Fish Market) and I asked them to stop by for me. I was trying to explain them what to get and just told them to ask for a "cronut" (2 of each type).

                                                          Do they sell other doughnuts too?

                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                            They do call them cronuts, and they keep them on top of the counter, not in the display case. As for other doughnuts, I didn't see any, although they did have other pastries.

                                                            Also, I might just stick to the cinnamon sugar and sugar. I didn't think that the vanilla glazed was all that great, although my bf had the maple and he liked it.

                                                            Lastly...if your parents are making a special trip, you might want to call ahead, and ask them to put what you want aside for you, since the girl behind the counter told me that they can run out.

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              Perfect, I hope they managed to get a few for me :)

                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                Can't wait to hear how they were!!

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  So my parents called me on the way home and said they didn't have any....My dad usually pulls pranks on other people so I figured he was lying but I went along with it. Sure enough they brought some home and I am glad they did. They had a sugar coated one, cinanamon one and a white glazed one (no chocolate one). I have since eaten one of each and the sugar one was my favourite. I found the white glazed one too sweet but still good. If I go again, I might even try to special order some completely plain with no coatings on it.

                                                                  They are very good. I might even say my favourite "dougnut" in a long time. Just eating them with the multiple layers. Very interesting.

                                                                  The ones in NYC have some kind of cream filling right inside the layers right?

                                                                  I would definitely recommend for people to stop by Maple bakery and try them out especially if in the area!

                                                                  Thanks for the heads up kwass and whoever else if someone else posted about them first!

                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                    I'm sooo glad you liked them. I agree with you on all counts. I found the white glazed one to be too sweet. The cinnamon sugar and the sugar were my favourites as well. And like you, I have to say it was the best doughnut I've had in a long time as well...possibly ever!!

                                                                    P.S. you had me worried at first ylsf, that your parents weren't able to pick them up for you :)

                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                            How are the regular croissants at Maple Bakery? If I am going to try this hybrid I want to know that they are starting from a high level, if they cant make a good croissant then why bother with the cronut.

                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                              I'm not even sure that they had croissants. Then again, I wasn't looking for them. That said pourboi, even if they don't sell croissants, their cronuts are DEFINITELY worth a try!

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                Making croissants from scratch is a true art... if they do not make croissants then more than likely they are taking shortcuts with the cronut dough. I have seem pictures of supposed cronuts that did not have the number of layers that you would expect from true croissant dough. Just like comparing a Pilsberry Cresent roll to a Croissant.. just not the same...

                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                  I don't disagree with you about the art of making croissants. Croissants are one of my favourite pastries in the world, and I'm extremely picky when it comes to croissants. All I'm saying is that even if these aren't "authentic" cronuts, and I'm not sure if they are since my experience with cronuts is limited to what I've tried @ Maple Bakery, they are damn good, and worth a try.

                                                                  If it isn't an authentic cronut, it might be the best "doughnut" you ever have.

                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                    Agreed... Definitely worth a try. I would say it isn't like any kind of "croissant" I have had and I wouldn't even really think "oh, this is croissant based doughnut" if I hadn't heard of cronuts before but the layers/etc are there and it is good.

                                                                    Here is a pic with a bite out of it to give you an idea of the layers:

                                                                    http://instagram.com/p/cg_177JRhy/

                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                      But thats what I mean yes it sort of has layers... but not like the real new york one (see attached image) which even looks buttery and does not have all the air bubbles of a "donut dough" that your picture has....

                                                                       
                                                                  2. re: pourboi

                                                                    Is the cronut the exact same thing as a croissant; only fried? I thought it was perhaps a varied recipe of the croissant that works best for frying? Just a guess.

                                                                    In any event, I doubt you need to make the world's best croissant in order to be able to make an great cronut.

                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                      In reading about the original in new york and watching the guy make them on Jimmy Kimmel they say it is real croissant dough and the trick to getting them right was the temp of the oil and the length of time to fry them.

                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                        I don't like to be a sceptic by default, but I wonder if that is true. Just that you could easily argue, whether he would share the differences on national tv?

                                                                        That being said, no reason why it can't be the same dough, I just thought otherwise for some reason.

                                                                      2. re: justsayn

                                                                        The cronut is not the exact same thing as a croissant. It's a hybrid. It has the layering of a croissant, but doesn't seem as buttery as a croissant, and it has the sweetness of a doughnut.

                                                                        But I agree with you justsayn. I also don't think you need to make the world's best croissant in order to make a great cronut!!

                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                          If you watch they video below they make the dough on Kimmel (even brought in a sheeter) you will see in a "Real Cronut" that is should be buttery.. that is why I do not want to try the fakers...

                                                                          http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/08/dom...

                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                              I guess what kwass and I are saying is that even if it isn't anywhere close to what the NYC version is like that it is worth eating. It is good. Even if you just considered it a different style doughnut.

                                                                              I am not judging the "cronut" craze based on the two I have eaten from Maple Bakery but definitely worth trying especially if you are in the area

                                                                  1. re: canmark

                                                                    If a place like, say, Holy Chuck were doing this, I might actually be intrigued. But the burgers themselves at Epic Burgers and Waffles are pretty bad.

                                                                    1. re: canmark

                                                                      I love carnival food, and all the deep fried deliciousness that come with them, but this goes too far for me. I just imagine is being a greasy hot mess.

                                                                      1. re: canmark

                                                                        So much for the cronut burger: CNE illness complaints now at 34, health officials say. Cronut burger vendor has closed voluntarily as a precaution.

                                                                        http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2...

                                                                        1. re: canmark

                                                                          Kind of a shame - this food item, which personally I might try once in my life (can't be good for the diabetes) - got so much press re the CNE and now this happens. My sympathies with the people who got sick and with Epic Burgers - who by all accounts had good health reports. Hope they find the source of the illness.

                                                                        2. I just had one from Maple Bakery now. A cinnamon one and a chocolate one. It had a nice outer crunch, and as others have said, it doesn't have the layers, but still has a bit of light airiness to it.

                                                                          However, I'm surprised no one has mentioned how greasy these things are. Even compared to a donut. The way they fry them, they seem to get saturated with oil, and after a bite, your mouth gets coated with oil. I enjoyed it, but was done after about half.

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                                                                          1. re: Crispier Crouton

                                                                            I've had them twice now, and they weren't greasy either time.

                                                                            I also think that they might have more than one person who makes them, because the 1st time they had lots of layers, and the 2nd time, there weren't as many layers.

                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              Mine (i.e. the 4 I ended up eating over two days) weren't greasy either.

                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                Weird. Maybe it was just an odd batch I got. And I'm usually the last one to complain about greasiness.

                                                                                Maybe whoever fried them put them in before the oil was up to temperature.

                                                                                1. re: Crispier Crouton

                                                                                  We got the maple one last weekend (they were all out of sugar and cinnamon) and it was horribly greasy. We had to toss it because each bite was like eating a mouthful of grease (hubby and I both had 2 bites each because we wanted to give it a chance).

                                                                                  I am not inclined to try again after that experience. We were so disappointed.

                                                                                  1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                    Such a shame! Like I said, I'm starting to think they have more than one person making them.

                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                      I know ....we were really looking forward to it.

                                                                              2. re: Crispier Crouton

                                                                                Mine weren't greasy per say, I mean it wasn't drenched in oil.

                                                                                That said it was heavily coated in sugar, more than I would have liked.

                                                                                1. re: flonie

                                                                                  Agreed. They are heavily coated in sugar.

                                                                              3. The Globe and Mail food section today had a small article on this today.

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                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                    Thank you for posting the link.

                                                                                1. I picked up a couple of pistachio cronuts from The Drake at lunch. Warm, gooey, nice crunch from the nuts - potentially addictive treats. $4.

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                                                                                  1. re: happycamper

                                                                                    I didn't know that the Drake made cronuts. Do they just make the one flavour?

                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                      I think it was their soft launch today. Only one flavour. I expect more experimentations to come.

                                                                                      1. re: happycamper

                                                                                        Do you know if they're planning on having them every day?

                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                          Kwass won't sleep tonight... just sayin...

                                                                                        2. re: happycamper

                                                                                          Where can you get them from? The cafe area? Like, you can just get them to go? I am not far from the area tomorrow so hopefully they will have some still by the time I get there ... not really like I need anymore doughnuts/cronuts/ or any other 'nuts..

                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                            Get as much info as you can :)

                                                                                            Can't wait to hear about your experience!

                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                              I think you need your own show Kwass, sort of like a discovery channel meets the food network kind of mashup. Doughnut Divas and Butter Tarts.

                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                OMG!! I love it! Great idea justsayn!! Can we throw fried chicken in there somehow as well?!

                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                  You're right. The title is too limiting. Renamed. Kwass 'n Tell. ; )

                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                    Love it justsayn!! I'm putting you on my payroll ;)

                                                                                                    P.S. How did you know I was a diva? Is it that obvious?!

                                                                                            2. re: ylsf

                                                                                              Everyone's hopped up on this one. See ya'll there. lol

                                                                                              1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                I am planning to quit sugar in a couple of weeks so they had better get their act together before then.

                                                                                            3. re: happycamper

                                                                                              Happycamper - Can you confirm what part of the Drake you got the Cronut at? I went to the cafe part last night around 6pm and the guy behind the counter had no clue.

                                                                                              If anyone else spots it or tries it please post reviews :)

                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                It's in the coffee shop/café where they have their pastries. I got the last one yesterday at around 1pm. I was told they went pretty quickly in the morning.

                                                                                                I am reserving comment which is why I didn't post. : )

                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                  Hmm.. They were that bad... or, you just don't want to lose out on getting the last one next time?

                                                                                                  I might try to swing by tomorrow and see if they have any but if they sell out by 1pm on a weekday not sure how much luck I will have in the morning on a weekend.

                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                    I haven't tried the other versions so this was my first non-doughnut doughnut. It did nothing for me and I didn't bother finishing it. There was nothing refined or yummy about it. It was pistachio but I couldn't really taste it's presence. The sweet custard stuff filling was maybe butterscotch flavoured and it tasted OK. The texture of the doughnut itself was harder than I would have preferred and there was a bit of a fried oil flavour mixed in. Overall I just didn't enjoy it.

                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                      Thanks. I didn't end up managing to go today (was late by the time I was by the Drake so I didn't bother).

                                                                                                  2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                    Justsayn, you have to tell us about the cronuts! I'm dying here not knowing ;)

                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                      review above just for you... But check it out for yourself! Also, if they are still experimenting it could be different from batch to batch which is why I didn't want to post anything...

                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                        For some reason, I'm not getting new posts. Sorry justsayn. That being said, doesn't sound promising @ all. I think I might wait until I hear from a few other people. If their reviews are bad, I'll just skip it all together. Thanks for the review justsayn!

                                                                                              2. Apparently, a new hybrid has been created: the "Duffin". It's a cross between a doughnut and a muffin. Starbucks just started selling them in the UK. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for them to come here.

                                                                                                http://eater.com/archives/2013/10/07/...

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                                                                                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                    I forgot about the "kruffin". Has anyone tried it?

                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                      No, but I've eaten homemade doughnut muffins. Loads of recipes out there, and the formula seems to be bake a muffin, slather it with melted butter, roll in sugar. http://www.marthastewart.com/331754/p...

                                                                                                      1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                        Interesting! I wasn't sure how they were made or what they really were.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          Honestly, who cares, it's some mass produced krispy krap or Starbucks assembly line garbage. As much as I loathe the concept of limited edition pastry at least the original cronut comes from an actual bakery

                                                                                                1. Looks like Harbord Bakery is selling cronuts, which they call "cross-over doughnuts". I'm not sure if this was a special, or if it's a regular menu item. Looks like I'm going to have to investigate :)

                                                                                                  http://instagram.com/p/fgaB1By4Qi/

                                                                                                  UPDATE: I just called and they're available Tuesday through Saturday.

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                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                    Just tried them on Saturday. I was in the neighbourhood for my daughter's hair appointment and I remembered your post Kwass. Thanks for that heads up!

                                                                                                    The cronuts are called "cross-overs" or that's what the lady behind the counter was calling them, but she understood cronuts. Anyway they also have the "holes".

                                                                                                    These "cross-overs" were very good. Now I haven't had a real cronut from NY, but what my wife and I tried were very good pastries. So much so she couldn't stop thinking about the one she had all weekend (we only bought 2 of them). I will say they taste decadent.

                                                                                                    They are shaped like squat cylinders about 13 cm in diameter and about 4 cm thick. They had a plain which was glazed, covered with sugar and filled with a creamy/custardy vanilla filling. The other one was a mocha with a mocha drizzle on top, a mocha creamy/custardy filling and again covered halfway with sugar. The "holes"(timbit like) are covered with sugar and filled with a mocha filling.

                                                                                                    When you bite into it you can see how it's like a croissant as you can see about 4 airy layers. I would definitely get more next time.

                                                                                                    1. re: scarberian

                                                                                                      Wow! They sound yummy! I'm so glad you tried them. I really have to get over there and try them :)

                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                      They're called Croisovers.

                                                                                                      No one has mentioned price yet, not even the sign at the bakery, I had to ask one of the workers - they're $2.49 each.

                                                                                                      There were three flavours when I went - custard-filled, fig jam and mocha. There were about eight of them on a tray behind a sign (see photo #1) near the other pastries to the right of the cash register.

                                                                                                      The second picture shows the inside of one of the custard-filled croisovers.

                                                                                                      They're not as tall as the original NYC cronuts, but they're also half the price and there's no early morning lineup.

                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                        Hmm.. I might try taking a detour tomorrow morning just to have one of these for breakfast

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          I tried to go on Saturday to get one and unfortunately they said that the baker was not in that morning to make them. :( I tried their normal doughnuts and I did not like them at all. Way too dry..

                                                                                                        2. Just an amusing note that T&T sells croissant donut now. For 2.79 you get 4 of them

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                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                              I passed this time as I was in a hurry to run to an appointment and also I'm saving my 'treat' for the week next Monday when I'm able to go to Soma and get a bag of Ossi dei Morti (meringue crispy hazelnut flour cookies).

                                                                                                              I can honestly say the T&T croissant donuts didn't look deep fried. They looked like they were just baked in an oven.

                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                You're funny! I also only have certain days when I cheat, so I completely understand!

                                                                                                                I'm going to check them out. I'll report back once I do.

                                                                                                            2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                              Is this like the croissant doughnuts that they sell at some Loblaw/Zehrs since it is also owned by the same company/chain??

                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                You're probably right. Have you tried the ones @ Loblaws ylsf? I know they've been mentioned before, but I forget what the consensus was regarding them.

                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                  Nah, I haven't had one, sorry!

                                                                                                              2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                I tried the T&T ones. They were very disappointing out of the box, kind of hard and not much flavour . But I split and toasted them like a bagel and that was better.

                                                                                                                Longos also has "Croisnuts", on sale this week 4 for $4, which look a bit flakier than the T&T ones.