Crumbs Enters the Cronut Fray w/ the Crumbnut

OK, so these aren’t the cronuts people are camping out for downtown at Domonique Ansel Bakery, but we’ll take what we can get at this point. In addition to some other knockoffs, what we can now get is the Crumbnut, a doughnut-croissant hybrid made by the cupcake chain, Crumbs.

How does the Crumbnut compare to the original? Unfortunately, I’m not crazy enough to wait on line at 5am and no one cares enough about me to go through the trouble of procuring one for me to try, so I’ll just have to measure the Crumbnut against my own hyped up expectations. By that measure (and also compared to how Serious Eats described the cronut), the Crumbnut is good but not great.

The main issue, from my perspective, is that the Crumbnut hues too close to a doughnut and too far from a croissant. There are croissant-like layers to see, but they aren’t flaky and buttery like a croissant, and as a result it basically just tastes like a light, airy doughnut. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s a tasty doughnut. And at $2.95 each and minus the wait, you can save a good amount of money and time compared to the original.

Crumbs is currently making Crumbnuts in plain and Bavarian cream-filled versions. I’m sure the plain is just fine and good, but why get plain when there’s Bavarian cream for the taking?

If you’re like me and desperately want to try a real cronut but you aren’t willing to expend the effort to get your hands on one, swallow your pride and get a Crumbnut. It’s one heck of a good doughnut.

Crumbs, multiple locations, 1-877-CRUMBS-0


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    Tried them both on Tuesday, thought the same, not airy enough and got a bit soggy later in the afternoon. Probably due to it being more doughnut-like than croissant-like.

  • I did that to a doughnut once.

  • I have never eaten a real cronut, either, but I found this to be a delicious substitute. They are overly dense, but in a delightful donut-y way — if you like donuts, you’ll like this. The Bavarian cream was excellent (I went to the one at 33rd and Park). The plain ones are covered in powdered sugar and looked slightly bigger than the cream-filled.

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