Less than three months old, the beloved cronut – a magical cross between a croissant and a doughnut – has taken New York by storm and spawned knockoffs from San Francisco to South Tampa. Now, the culinary creation is going corporate.
Coffee-and-doughnut chain Dunkin' Donuts has officially brought the pastry hybrid to stores in South Korea, and the company isn't wasting time trying to come up with a catchy name, dubbing it simply the “Donut Croissant.”
It's not the first international opportunity for the cronut. Since New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel first began offering up the masterpiece in May at his bakery in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood to lines around the block, independent pastry shops around the world have tried creating their own renditions (including Australia’s "dossant") but Dunkin' Donuts is the first global chain attempting to make the dessert mainstream.
So does this mean we can finally get our hands on a cronut here in America without waiting in line for hours?
Not yet, we’re afraid. A Dunkin' Donuts spokesman told Quartz that the chain has no plans to introduce the cronut duplicate in the United States any time soon. Meanwhile, the folks in South Korea are still lining up for them, and according to a customer’s Facebook post, they’re limited to two pastries per person (just like Chef Ansel’s rule).
Put your finger-licking on hold. Patience is a virtue.