CRONUTS. That's what they're called. A perfect play between the mouthwatering words "croissant" + "donuts" I later found out. Did a little research about it and learned that these sweet creations originated in New York, USA. Trust my fellow Filipinos to catch this food craze right away and so within weeks more and more bakeries and retail shops began offering their own versions of Cronuts.
Before heading home last weekend, I messaged a couple of foodie friends to point me to where I should try my first cronut. They were very helpful in giving me tips and so I went home ready for my Cronut initiation.
It was perfect timing that Paul and I did some some grocery shopping in Pioneer Center and Chatime was just right beside it. While Paul was in line for the cashier, I asked him if I could quickly hop over to Chatime to check the much-talked about Cronuts (or Kronuts as Chatime spells it) out.
As I entered the store, I immediately spotted the glass casing that houses these babies. Each piece is priced at Php. 55 which I think was just alright given that they're a bit more premium than a regular donut or a piece of croissant. There were 5 flavors available: White Chocolate, Cream Cheese, Strawberry, Dark Chocolate and Combination.
Since I was flying out the next day, I decided to get two for a really quick Cronut/Kronut tasting. It was hard for me to choose which flavors to go for but eventually I chose the Cream Cheese and Combination variant.
The Cronut Verdict
Over-all, I got to admit that I'm not a big fan. I know Cronuts are deep-fried and I somehow find it hard to consume the whole piece as I could feel the oiliness in every bite. Sorry Chatime but it sadly wasn't love at first bite. I'll stay loyal to your milk teas though.
Nonetheless, I'm not giving up. I'll be back and will try other cronut versions available out there. Send in your recommendations below! I'll take note of it on my next visit home.
Chatime is located at Pioneer Center, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City.