Cronut cross-section
Cronut cross-section

The Cronut is a trademarked croissant-doughnut pastry. It resembles a doughnut and is made from croissant-like dough which is filled with flavored cream and fried in grapeseed oil.

The Cronut in its current form was created in 2013 by French pastry chef Dominique Ansel.[1][2]


Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery

In 2013, bakery owner Dominique Ansel created the pastry out of dough similar to that of a croissant (a pastry that he had been more familiar with) with flavored cream inside.[3][4]

The Cronut was introduced on May 10, 2013, at Ansel's bakery, Dominique Ansel Bakery, in New York's SoHo neighborhood. On the same night, a blogger from Grub Street, the online restaurant blog from New York magazine, reported on the new pastry.[3][1] The post resulted in much interest and online circulation, and by the third day, a line of over 100 people had formed outside the shop to buy it.[4]

Within nine days of introducing the pastry to the bakery's menu, Ansel filed for a trademark for the name "Cronut" at the United States Patent and Trademark Office,[5] which was approved.[6][7]

Similar products

After the release of the Cronut, similar products have sprung up throughout the world including some with different names such as the Kelownut,[8] Doughssant,[9] Crullant,[10] zonut,[11] and others.[12][13][14]

Dominique Ansel released an at-home Cronut recipe in his cookbook, Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes, in 2015, for bakers to attempt in their own homes. Like the original pastry made at Ansel's bakeries, the process also takes three days.[15]


Writing for the Village Voice in May 2013, Tejal Rao proclaimed the Cronut Ansel's "masterpiece".[16] Time magazine named the Cronut one of the best "extremely fun" inventions of 2013.[17]

See also


  1. ^ a b Merwin, Hugh (May 9, 2013). "Introducing the Cronut, a Doughnut-Croissant Hybrid That May Very Well Change Your Life". Grub Street New York.
  2. ^ "Meet the Cronut: Croissant-Donut Hybrid Takes Pastry World by Storm". ABC News. 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  3. ^ a b "Eureka! From Gone Girl to the selfie stick – how one great idea can change your life". The Guardian. November 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Shunk, Laura (2013-12-04). "Cronut Wizard Dominique Ansel: 'I Want to Make the World of Pastry Exciting'". Archived from the original on 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  5. ^ O'Connor, Brendan (May 8, 2015). "The Mysterious Persistence of the Cronut". The New York Times Magazine.
  6. ^ Little, Katie (2013-06-07). "Cronut Mania Spawns Imitators and a Trademark Rush". CNBC. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  7. ^ "Official USPTO Notice of Acceptance Section 8: U.S. Trademark RN 4788108: CRONUT". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  8. ^ Munro, Rob (2019-08-03). "The origin of the Kelownut and why they've been so hard to find lately". Kelowna News. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  9. ^ Blume, Brett (2013-07-08). "The 'Cronut'... Er, That's the 'Doughssant'... Has Arrived In St. Louis". KMOX. Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  10. ^ Tatusian, Tenny (June 27, 2013). "Cronut in LA: Semi Sweet Bakery to introduce the Crullant". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05.
  11. ^ Ting, Inga (2013-06-14). "Good Food - From cronut to zonut, pastry fever comes to Sydney". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  12. ^ "'Cronut' craze has made it to Jacksonville". First Coast News. June 28, 2013.
  13. ^ Ode, Kim (March 30, 2015). "A homemade version of the Cronut". Star Tribune.
  14. ^ McDermid, Wilkes (2013-08-23). "Where to get cronuts in London". Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  15. ^ Ansel, Dominique (2014). "The At-Home Cronut™ Pastry". The Secret Recipes. Murdoch Books. ISBN 978-1476764191. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  16. ^ Rao, Tejal (2013-05-10). "The Cronut Is a Doughnut-Croissant Love Child". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2014-08-13.
  17. ^ Griffin, Carolyn (November 13, 2013). "The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013". Time. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2021.