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    Everything You Need To Know About The Cronut

    Dominique Ansel has blessed the world with the mystical Cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid. It is glorious.

    These are Cronuts, and they are perfect in every way.

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    Cronut = the shape, fried-ness, and creamy interior of a doughnut + the flaky, delicate pastry layers of a croissant.

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    The Cronut's creator is the French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York.

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    Ansel is a 2013 James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. And if there is any justice in the world, he should receive a Lifetime Achievement award for blessing this nation with the Cronut.

    Dominique Ansel tried about ten different recipes over two months before perfecting the Cronut.

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    They are made with a special laminated Cronut dough, similar to croissant dough, but with a few key differences.

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    It gets sheeted (rolled out) to a different thickness and assembled with a different set of folds.

    Once they're shaped, the Cronuts get deep-fried in hot grapeseed oil...

    ...pumped full of cream...

    ...rolled in sugar...

    ...and finally glazed.

    This is what it looks like on the inside.

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    Make sure to cut it with a serrated knife so you don't crush the beautiful layers.

    Right now the maximum number of Cronuts a single person can buy is six. They come in this gold box.

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    TA-DA!

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    Cronuts have a short shelf-life (6 hours) and are meant to be eaten immediately.

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    The Cronut flavors will change every month. May's flavor is Rose Vanilla and June's is Lemon Maple. One of these things will cost you $5.00.

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    Even crazier than the Cronut itself is the line outside the bakery in the morning.

    waiting in line for a cronut is the new cronut RT @andreaklang another line of hungry foodies outside my window.

    raphael brion

    @raphael_brion

    waiting in line for a cronut is the new cronut RT @andreaklang another line of hungry foodies outside my window.

    By 8:15am on Thursday (May 23), only 15 minutes after the bakery was open, the Cronuts were sold out.

    Ariel Knutson

    People have gotten a little worked up about missing out on Cronuts.

    It is not okay to flip off our baristas because we are out of cronuts. Wtf!

    Dominique Ansel

    @DominiqueAnsel

    It is not okay to flip off our baristas because we are out of cronuts. Wtf!

    Sometimes more than a little.

    @firstwefeast One woman legitimately cried...we felt so bad, we looked everywhere to find her the last remaining cronut.

    Dominique Ansel

    @DominiqueAnsel

    @firstwefeast One woman legitimately cried...we felt so bad, we looked everywhere to find her the last remaining cronut.

    Forget cupcakes; Cronuts are hot enough to straight-up replace currency.

    @DominiqueAnsel just bribed us for table w #cronut Come on in sir....

    Andrew Carmellini

    @andrecarmellini

    @DominiqueAnsel just bribed us for table w #cronut

    Come on in sir....

    Oh, and the bakery has trademarked the name "Cronut," so hands off.

    Hi folks, cronut officially trademarked today.

    Dominique Ansel

    @DominiqueAnsel

    Hi folks, cronut officially trademarked today.

    Moral of the story: If you live in New York and feel like getting up at 5:30am you should probably, definitely try these.