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Cronuts…To What Lengths Would You Go?

Have you heard of Cronuts yet?  Well apparently all of NYC has and they are causing quite the buzz.  They are the creation of James Beard Award winner Dominique Ansel and are described as half croissant, half doughnut.  They are also filled with a flavored creme (July’s flavor is Blackberry) and then glazed.  Sounds delicious right?!?


Well delicious or not, these suckers are going for $5 a piece and people are standing on line for over two hours to get them.  Just take a moment to process that…$5 for a pastry and 2 hours of your life gone while waiting to ingest over 500 calories.  Well I’m assuming it has to be that many calories.

The bakery’s website says that it is recommended that you be on line prior to 7:15 am to ensure that you have a chance in getting one and there is a limit of 2 per person.  Chef Ansel only makes about 200 Cronuts per day, so you can imagine how quickly they are selling out.  This high demand is causing Cronut scalpers to pop up and according to the Huffington Post, people are even offering them in return for sexual favors.  I wish I was kidding, but I’m really not.

So this got me to thinking…how far would I go for food?  Since I don’t really have a sweet tooth, I’m not sure I would stand on line for 2 hours for a Cronut.  However, the foodie in me is intrigued!  But I have driven out of my way for some pork belly tacos…oh man do I love tacos!


But that’s not very over the top, which is slightly surprising since I have a serious food obsession.  I have to say that I find all of these food crazes to be a bit silly.  Remember all the hoopla surrounding Magnolia Bakery when the gals from Sex in the City first went there?!  Or even when a Sonic opened up here in CT, people were waiting for hours to eat an insanely unhealthy meal in their car.  (Oh don’t get me started about eating in your car…)

And that leads to the question…why are these food crazes all so damn unhealthy?  You don’t see people lining up for the latest trendy pro-biotic, Kombucha, wheatgrass, protein whatever!  Probably because it wouldn’t taste very good.  It’s only the deliciously bad for you, super fattening, sugary, fried foods that have people going berserk, which is so sad.  Someone needs to come up with a healthy alternative that will have people waking up at the crack of dawn to get some.  Now I would pay $5 for that!

How far are you willing to go for food?  Would you wait on line for 2 hours for a Cronut?

Oh and if you are one of the lucky few to have actually tried a Cronut, you are now obligated to post a full report in the comments.  🙂

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21 Responses to Cronuts…To What Lengths Would You Go?

  1. omg I’ve been wondering the same thing since I heard about these cronuts! People are paying others to stand in line…for $50!! Or something crazy. I don’t get it. But, like you, I’ll def go out of my way for tacos and the like. I honestly think people are just addicted to food. Addicted to the sugar, etc. The more I clean up my diet, the less I crave this stuff. Who knows?
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    • Really $50?!?! That’s insane…
      I’m with you, the less sugar I eat, the less appealing things like this are to me.

  2. Like a blockbuster movie, where I prefer to wait a couple of weeks to attend, I think I’d wait until the craze dies down (or more locations spring up) to try a cronut.

    That said, I don’t really crave sweets, so I don’t know whether I could ever justify $5 for a cronut.
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  3. Ha! I overheard some coworkers buzzing about this a few weeks ago, and we’re all the way down in DC! I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re MORE than 500 cals, but as I DO have a sweet tooth, I’d be excited to try ’em. Not two hours in line worth of excited, mind you, but if one presented itself to me I’d have at it. (“Presented itself to me” is making me think of the cow that wants to be eaten in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe…)
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  4. Not gunna lie, those cronuts look friggin’ delicious! If I didn’t have food allergies and intolerances and… Didn’t give a crap about my health, I’d pound 5 of those in my mouth! LOL!!!!
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  5. Not me. But I know some friends who would love them!

  6. I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but I’m also a cheapskate, so there is no way I’d wait 2 hours in line for a cronut. Crazy!
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  7. 2 hours for Cronuts, no thanks. Fad aside, the fact that he only makes 200/day is what makes these pastries “exclusive”.

    • You know, I think you’re right! People always want the exclusive items no matter how bad they might be for you…

  8. Hmm…the foodie in me is intrigued! I’m not a huge health nut (bad I know) so I would definitely have to try these. BUT, I’m not waiting in line 2 hours for them!

    There’s a BBQ restaurant here that’s called 4Rivers. There was only 1 downtown originally and then they finally opened one by me. People still wait in line for quite awhile for it! And I don’t think its that great–there’s a hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint down the street that I think’s much better!
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  9. I totally get what you are saying, but I think it’s bad to generalize. I love my sweets (and while I wouldn’t wait in line because that 200 a day thing is for publicity and stunts and generally drives me batty) people are allowed to indulge.

    That’s what being healthy is all about. Unless you have an allergy, banning anything is just a recipe for binging later. Yes, the US population is grossly overweight and unhealthy, but NYC is one of the fittest cities. I can totally see someone getting that as a post long run treat. I eat by the 80/20 rule so for example, I definitely plan on having an unhealthy piece of cake at my sons birthday party, and if you saw me at the bakery picking up a cake and other desserts for my guests it would be easy to assume that I live an unhealthy lifestyle but I don’t.

    • I totally agree that indulgences are necessary! I actually live by the 80/20 rule as well…in fact, I just had a cupcake this weekend and I usually have a piece of dark chocolate every night after dinner. Balance is absolutely the key to healthy living and I find that any sort of restriction is guaranteed failure for me because like you said it leads to binging. Actually, for me it more of an out of control spiral of bad eating habits!

      I just wish that there was some healthy treat that was just as desirable to the masses where they would line up for 2 hours…maybe then I would consider it, but not for a super sweet, 500+ calorie pastry 🙂

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