Is it a donut? Is it a croissant? It's both! But whatever you want to call it, it's absolutely delicious. This croissant-donut pastry was created in New York City and became an instant hit. The term "cronut" was trademarked, but now you can find these croissant-donut hybrids anywhere ! Here are the best places in Seattle to get one of these bad boys.
Get The Best Cronuts In Seattle In These 5 Places
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1. Despi Delite Bakery
Proudly serving Beacon Hill and the Seattle for over 20 years, Despi Delite Bakery is the perfect stop for a quick donut or pastry, or a four tiered fondant iced wedding cake. They also have some unique Filipino treats, but you'll easily be lured in by the fluffy, flaky cronuts. They're the perfect blend of a rich buttery croissant and light yeasty donut, all coated in a sugary sweet glaze.
2. Byen Bakeri
You have to try the boller. It's probably as close as you can get to being a cronut without calling it the trademarked name. A "boller" is a traditional Norwegian bun, that can be flavored with anything from jam to coleslaw. Byen Bakeri's boller is a flaky croissant-like pastry filled with salted caramel custard. Maybe you should also get one for the road.
3. Sugar Bakery & Cafe
This one is actually a croissant, but people say that it's better than the infamous cronut so it easily earned a spot on our list. Their famed salted caramel croissant is a butter croissant rolled in sugar and sprinkled with salt before baking which forms a thin layer of crunchy caramel. Get there early because they run out fast. But don't worry because the menu is filled with lots of other yummy treats.
4. Donut Factory
How does a crobar sound? This flaky croissant and donut hybrid comes in bar form and is served covered in cinnamon and sugar or glazed, and can be filled for an extra dollar. It's easy to see why it's their shop specialty and the first item to run out. You'll want to come back again and again, and you might have to just to get your hands on one of these crobars! According to Donut Factory some customer favorites are "the Bacon Maple Bars, Glazed Blueberry Cakes, Cream Cheese Pershing, and Vanilla Oreo Chocolate Cakes."
The kouign amann is where it's at. It's pronounced QUEEN-ah-mahn and is very similar to a croissant. It's sweet, buttery, and decadent and brushed with a sugar-salt glaze. While you're there, get a macaron or two. You won't regret it.
This article was written by Lauren Gaw.
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