6 Cronut Knock-Offs in Philadelphia
We’ll never know what muse blessed Dominique Ansel with the inspiration for the Cronut, but the donut-croissant hybrid has attracted more attention than possibly any pastry, ever. (One could make an argument for the cupcake, but the social web was little more than a glint in Al Gore’s eye when Carrie Bradshaw first wrapped her lips around a Magnolia cupcake, so the hype was much more subdued.)
Though Ansel has now trademarked the name for his creation, that hasn’t stopped copycat versions from popping up in cities across the world. In Philadelphia, there are at least six places turning out similar treats. While you won’t find lines wrapping around the block like they do in SoHo, all the Philly knockoffs are popular and tend to sell out quickly.
Do these desserts live up to their reputation? An elderly gentleman we ran into on one of our tasting visits was anxious to let us know the knock-off he tried was the single best pastry he’s had in over 70 years of eating sweets. Considering that endorsement (plus plenty more online), you may want to give the sensation a try. Study your options below and start scheming.