Your girl finally got to try a Cronut, and getting one was surprisingly easier than I thought it was going to be. I guess the hype has died down from last summer. Here are my thoughts about the experience.
6:45 A.M.- I arrived at the Dominique Ansel bakery and there was no one outside. I was so confused. Every blog post I’ve read about getting cronuts said you need to be there before seven to ensure cronut ecstasy but on a weekday (Tuesday) it’s not true.
7:12 A.M.- There are only 8 people in line including me.
7:29 A.M.- 14 people in line. Where are the hoards of people snaking through the sidewalk?
7:36 A.M. – It begins to rain and a Dominique Ansel worker passes out bright orange umbrellas, nice!
7:39 A.M.- A Dominique Ansel worker passes out madeline’s.
7:43 A.M.- I looked at the people in line and suspect a few of them might be cronut scalpers. Yes, it’s a thing.
7:53 A.M. – This is how long the line is. Not long at all! I started to regret waking up early.
8:00 A.M.- Release the cronuts! At 8 o’ clock they let ten people at a time into the bakery to buy up to two cronuts. If you want more you have to go outside to the back of the line.
First thoughts: The cronut was heavy. Much heavier than a standard donut. The laminated dough is fried in grape seed oil, rolled in sugar, filled with ganache, and glazed. It’s supposed to be a donut- croissant hybrid by it tasted like a regular donut to me. This month’s flavor is strawberry rhubarb with thyme ganache and citrus sugar. The thyme ganache made it taste especially interesting. That said, I’m glad I only bought one. It’s too rich and sugary to eat more than that.
8:13 A.M.- When I left the store there were plenty of cronuts left and only about 12 left in line. I would guess that on a weekday, a person could walk into the bakery at 9 o’ clock and still find cronuts for sale. Keep in mind that on the weekend that’s probably not the case and tourists are about to descend with the coming summer.
Would I do it again? Um no. The cronut is good, but I’ve had a DKA, a cookie shot, and a frozen s’more and I like all of those better than the cronut. I’ll leave the lines for the tourists.