The Cronut craze has very nearly reached its peak. After premiering at Ansel bakery in New York, the cronut became the talk of the town and of the internet this summer. Before it's five minutes are up, though, I wanted to actually eat one -- not just hear about people in New York raving over them and lining up overnight.
Fortunately, as the frenzy for the croissant/donut (or is donut/croissant?) comes to a head, the tasty treats have finally made their way to San Francisco. Monday, intrepid dessert lovers wiped out shelves after reports surfaced of the city's first CroNot -- not Cronut. Posh Bakery, in the South Bay, unveiled their version of the pastry, but -- because the original bakery that pioneered the treat has copyrighted the name Cronut -- what we get is a CroNot.
The question as people licked their lips: Is the not as good as the nut?
The Posh Bakery is a wholesaler, so its wares either have to be bought wholesale online or purchased from a retail bakery that orders from Posh. To date, Posh's CroNots can be found at all Lee's Deli locations, which are primarily in the financial district, and at Java Trading Company at Fifth and Mission. (Posh's offerings will likely expand to other bakeries soon and then, once they're easy to find, they will no longer be cool. Obviously.) New CroNots are delivered each morning at these locations. But, be forewarned, I arrived at Lee's at 7:50 a.m. and they were very nearly sold out.
After calling around before driving around, I found three CroNots at the Lee's at 550 California St. They come in individual plastic packages, with labels marking which of four flavors is inside. You can pick from glazed, cinnamon-sugar, strawberry or chocolate. While the unfilled variety appears to be more common, Posh Bakery also makes each of the flavors with cream filling.