Wave goodbye to your marathon training regimen (and your 5k training regimen), because our city has just been stormed by a mutated confection that is as delicious as it is de-motivating: the cronut. Just don’t call them cronuts -- Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC, creator of the ingenious pastry, does not take kindly to that, legally speaking! So here’s where to get these demonspawn donut-croissant hybrids, that are not “cronuts” (wink).
La Boulangerie The crognet: a Boston cream cronut with vanilla cream custard filling and chocolate ganache icing that’s distinctively moist and chewy, almost like a cruller. Other flavors include chocolate, raspberry, and maple bacon. Available: Tuesday through Sunday, 11a at both the Logan Square and Lakeview locations
West Town Bakery The doughssant: a cronut constructed long John-style, not because it has a flap you can pee out of, but because its fried layers of croissant dough are iced and filled with chocolate and raspberry jelly or…
Alliance Bakery The kronut: a vanilla bean pastry cream topped with a rose glaze that looks nearly like the real McCoy and nearly triples the bakery’s croissant production. Too bad those magic elves are assigned to cookies. Available: Friday through Sunday, 8a, but follow their Facebook page for notifications
... a vanilla-glazed incarnation with sugar crystals that could catch even Walter White’s eye. Available: In the past, the Fulton location has had them Saturdays at 7a, but be sure to track announcements on their Facebook page