Three cronuts with one displaying the inside
Cronuts are a combination of a croissant and a doughnut.

Snack: What Is a Cronut?

3 minutes

There’s a new craze sweeping the pastry world and it’s called the cronut. If you’re fond of a sweet nibble with your tea or coffee or looking for a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack, you’ll want to keep reading, because the cronut is definitely the pastry you’ve been looking for.

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What Is a Cronut?

A cronut is a pastry that’s basically a cross between a croissant and a doughnut. Cronuts can come in shapes and flavours similar to doughnuts, but the texture of a cronut is flaky and buttery like a croissant. It is filled with cream and fried in grapeseed oil. This is a perfect food trend to try when you’re out having brunch at a restaurant with friends!

Cronut cut in half with sugar topping
The cronut is the new pastry on the block.

How Did the Cronut Craze Start?

It was invented in New York in 2013 by French pastry chef Dominique Ansel. When he launched his new pastry at his bakery in New York it was picked up by a local food blogger, who posted about it on an online restaurant blog. The post went viral and within days people were queuing round the block for Ansel’s croissant-doughnuts

A cronut filled with chocolate
Cronuts come with all kinds of toppings and fillings.

Best Places to Find a Cronut

Cronuts have become so popular that it’s now easy to find them: 

  • You can get them in cafés and pop-up coffee shops, and also as part of an afternoon tea at some restaurants.
  • Even big companies have gotten in on the act with their own version of croissant-doughnuts being served at their in-store cafés in a number of countries.

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 Delicious cronuts sprinkled with icing sugar and chocolate ready to eat
Ask for a cronut the next time you go out for coffee.

A cronut is a delicious addition to your afternoon tea. They’re also a great snack to grab on the go and a tasty addition to the burgeoning UK street food industry. Look out for these croissant-doughnuts the next time you treat yourself to an afternoon tea in London. 

Or you could also combine two hot food trends and enjoy your cronut with bubble tea!

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All about cronuts in 3 questions and answers

You can find cronuts in lots of different places in the UK, from grocery stores to cafés and restaurants and on the menu for afternoon tea.


A cronut is a croissant-doughnut hybrid. It uses croissant pastry but is then fried in grapeseed oil.

They are similar but not the same. Cronuts are a mix between a croissant and a doughnut, but choux nuts are made from lighter choux pastry.

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