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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.