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Chicago Already Has Too Many Cronuts (Croughnuts), And It's Only Been Two Weeks

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jun 24, 2013 4:00PM

2013_06_22_Doughssants.jpg The Cronut craze is the epitome of an internet-driven food mania. Dominque Ansel bakery in New York created it, it hit the internet, prices skyrocketed and people began speculating in pastries online. Prices have reached $100 each, though we question the sanity of anyone willing to pay that. Lately, cronuts have hit Chicago in a big way, with at least four different variations on the pastry available in recent days.

The first to emerge was at Chicago Pastry in Bloomingdale. They came up with something called a "dossant," which they claim to have been serving since June 2. Then, the "croughnut" (the original name is already trademarked) emerged from Gur Sweets in Elmhurt.

This weekend, the faux-cronut field got even more crowded. West Town Bakery and Diner came up with their own version, named "Doughssants," which they are now selling at both of their locations. Eater now reports that La Boulangerie will be making "crognets" starting today, and we even saw a facebook shot over the weekend from Glazed and Infused. They changed their cover photo to something that looks suspiciously like a Cronut. No word yet on what ridiculous name they will come up with.

There is already an entire set of cronut scalping-businesses in New York, by the way. Here's hoping we Midwesterners are a little more sane.