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Cronuts à la Chouquette — Succumbing to Hysteria

July 13, 2013


The cronut is currently a “thing.”   Dominique Amsel is credited as the creator of the donut/croissant hybrid, and his bakery website has a rather excessive page explaining the hedonistic pastry and how one can go about acquiring one or two (but no more).  Allegedly, things are downright bonkers in New York when it comes to cronuts.  “I think you have to get in line at 5am to get a cronut.”  “I heard rich people are waiting in limos and paying hundreds of dollars for line waiters to procure cronuts for them.”  “Supposedly someone  bartered their first born’s spot at Horace Mann for two cronuts.”    Let’s all just calm down now.  There are plenty of tasty ways to get fat.

Lo’ for a brief moment this morning, STL had a taste of cronut hysteria.  Simone Faure of La Patisserie Chouquette decided–on a one time basis–to offer cronuts.  Not a simple undertaking as Chouquette is not equipped with fryers, so the little monsters had to be finished off across the street at Elaia.  Upon seeing the notice about the Chouquette cronuts, I thought to myself, well that’s mighty silly.  However, an irresistible urge to consume something decadent and fleeting took hold of me.

I was in line at 8:30am this morning in Tower Grove.  Ms. Faure came out around 8:45 with a platter of canneles, stating proudly “Dominique Amsel isn’t giving out samples.”  Damn straight madame (PS great canneles).   A few minutes later, tickets were distributed–maximum of four per person–for the cronuts.  The popular choice  was to max out the limit in order to get one of each flavor, plus a spare.  The cronut varieties offered: pistachio, salted caramel, and strawberries and cream.

I opted for the strawberries and cream and got a pistachio to give away to a friend.  Verdict.  Delightful, with a slight aftertaste of self-loathing.   Would have been nice to have a glass of milk and about a dozen napkins.  Won’t drone on describing because, well, it’s over–they’re gone.  [Throw down to Strange Donuts to pick up the cronut mantle?]

Cronuts and fads aside, Chouquette is fabulous, from its jewel box of macarons to almond croissants.




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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 24, 2014 5:46 pm

    Their strawberry lemonade cake is really great. If you get the chance, you should definitely try it.

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