In Search of Cronuts

The world’s original Cronut has made its way to Los Angeles.

Yes, you read that correctly. The maker of the famous half croissant/half doughnut, Dominique Ansel, opened a second bakery (in the US) and is officially open for business on the West Coast. You can taste for yourself at The Grove!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the pastry, the Cronut is a croissant-doughnut hybrid created by chef Dominique Ansel. It’s vastly popular worldwide and there are four locations you can get the real deal from: New York, London, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.

I’m a current resident of Los Angeles and visited Dominique Ansel Bakery at The Grove twice this past week. After having been an avid fan of the SoHo, New York City location, I was absolutely elated to find out a shop was being opened in LA — and at one of my favorite spots, nonetheless.

Alright! I’d thought to myself last Wednesday. I can FINALLY try a Cronut after years of failed attempts!

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The bakery includes signature sweets such as the DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann), Frozen S’mores, Cookie Shots, and Cronut®, and a menu that evolves every few weeks.

Cronuts are so popular that in all of my previous visits, the pastry had been completely sold out by the time I’d arrived. However, when a bakery has as many tasty treats to choose from as Dominique’s does, it’s not hard to find another, just as delicious option.

Cookie shots are literal shot glass-shaped, fresh chocolate chip cookies lined with milk chocolate on the inside. They are filled to the top with vanilla flavored milk and are absolutely delectable. I’ve enjoyed a cookie shot from Dominique Ansel’s numerous times and have never been disappointed, which isn’t something I can say about cookie shots I’ve tried elsewhere.

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Available daily after 3pm

Now, when I find a meal or dessert I love, I’m not the type of person who easily branches out to try different things. I tend to stick to what I know and enjoy, even if that means eating the same food repetitiously. My tendency to gravitate to the cookie shots at Dominique Ansel Bakery were no different when my Cronut-wanting dreams were crushed again this past Wednesday; They were sold out of them again. Was I disappointed? Of course. But, I wasn’t surprised.

Turns out, at The Grove, you can place an order for Cronuts two weeks in advance, which is what I should have done and would have done at the time had I done my research a little better. Instead, I went out on a limb and tried something different for a change, and was completely satisfied with my choice of a frozen s’more, which they torched to order right in front of me.

Not only was it cool to watch, but it tasted like nothing I’d ever had before. The frozen s’mores are a unique but heavenly mixture of cold, Tahitian vanilla ice cream surrounded by chocolate wafer crisps, all encased by a warm, honey marshmallow. To die for, I tell you. To. Die. For.

When I went back to The Grove on Sunday, I’d arrived early enough in the day and was finally able to order the Cronut I’d been waiting three years for. As an extreme lover of both doughnuts and croissants, I wish I’d been able to get my hands on one sooner, but at the same time it was well worth the wait.

While Cronuts are made fresh daily, Dominique Ansel Bakery features one specialty flavor per month, and the flavors never repeat. How cool is that? Mine was a strawberry butter with cinnamon spice ganache Cronut. It was dellish.

Have you ever had a Cronut? What’s your favorite treat from Dominique Ansel Bakery? Let us know in the comments below!

For more information on Dominique Ansel Bakery, please visit: http://dominiqueansel.com/

Photo credit: @ashleybower

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