For gourmands out there, if you’re wondering why it’s spelled as croughnuts, it’s because Dolcelatte made it that way. The name “Cronut” is trademarked by Dominique Ansel of New York, the inventor of the said Cronut. It took the baker 2 months and 10 recipes to perfect the Cronut. I’d say this one is extremely hard to copy. For the sake of quick typing, I will be referring Croughnuts as “Cronuts”. (On a lighter note, I find the spelling weird. You can even pronounce it as “cruf-nut”.)
The Cronut craze caught up in Manila with a lot of bakeries imitating the new dessert including Wildflour and Dolcelatte, much like the ramen hype in New York. I was able to try the Dolcelatte out of curiosity, and it’s 1 day preorder lead time made me all the more curious.
The name “Cronut” is a portmanteau of two words – Croissant and Doughnut. The texture is croissant, but shaped like a doughnut.
The interiors of their gourmet restaurant are rather ostentatious, with a glass wall dividing its restaurant and a local bookshop, so it looks like a place made for business meetings. I find it rather odd to be situated on this highway, along with brothels and comedy bars that sell… other things.
Croughnuts Box of 6 by Dolcelatte
I preordered a box of six with the following flavors:
- Peanut Butter Crisp Croughnut
- Chocolate Macaroon Croughnut
- Chocolate Caramel Croughnut
- Almond Caramel Croughnut
- Blueberry Creamcheese Croughnut
- Nutty Nutella Croughnut
Too bad the Valrhona Crunch Croughnut was out of stock. It seems this is their bestseller.
Chocolate Macaroon Croughnut by Dolcelatte
When sliced in half, you could see the layers in between. On a commentary note, the croughnut is a bit crunchy for other flavors and messy for some. It almost tasted something that has been baked for more than 2 days already, and is no longer fresh. I ordered this on a Thursday in advance, and was only able to get it Monday next week. It probably has been baked for more than 2 days already.
Iced Chocolate drink by Dolcelatte
On the other hand, one of my friends got an iced chocolate drink.
Blueberry Creamcheese Croughnut by Dolcelatte
I like the Blueberry Creamcheese croughnut best. But to be honest, I wouldn’t go back to try this again. It’s something that I would only buy out of curiosity. For something that needs one day of reservation, it doesn’t satisfy my tastebuds and it doesn’t impress. Perhaps, Dolcelatte’s other items on their menu such as Chicken Portabello Burger with Foie Gras are better off to be tried than their croughnut.
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Dolcelatte Croughnuts Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||( 2.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 3 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 2.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 3 / 5)|
|Average:||(2.8 / 5)|