Test Taste: The Crullant & Two Other Cronut Knock-Offs
Sure, L.A. has some cronut knock-offs, but are they any good?
The Cronut™ has reached worldwide fame. Created in New York by pastry chef Dominique Ansel, it combines the flaky richness of a croissant with the simple pleasures of a filled donut. We haven't tasted the real thing (yet), but have noted that a few bakeries in L.A. land are trying to jump on the cronut-wagon. Our three contenders are Semi Sweet Bakery, downtown L.A.; Frances Bakery, in Little Tokyo; and DK's Donuts & Bakery, in Santa Monica.
Have you seen another cronut around town? Do tell! The comments section is down below.
| Semi Sweet Bakery
||Smaller than a Krispy Kreme
||Larger than the average donut
||Flat and wide
||Perky, golden brown and glistening
||Distinct layers, sugar-crusted exterior
||Distinct layers, sugar-crusted
||Crispy; inside, a bit doughy
||Crunchy, flaky, oily
||Tough, flaky, oily
||Like cane sugar syrup and butter
||Pronounced vanilla; dark chocolate
||Like old fryer oil
||Only a simple glaze
||Vanilla or chocolate
||Vanilla custard only
||Vanilla, chocolate (texture of shaving cream) or strawberry (like runny jello)
||Light, simple, good
||Rich, but good