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At the by now legendary Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho the madeleines, mini shell-shaped cakes, aren’t baked until they’re ordered, he explains, “so you can enjoy them just out of the oven.” Which pretty much sums up his obsession with providing the best pastries in the city.
Hard to believe it’s been four years but in the new celebrity pastry chef’s words, “when we first launched the Cronut®, it was just another new item. Our very first flavor was Rose Vanilla, and I decided from then on, we’d develop one flavor each month. For us, it’s not about cutting and pasting, but really pushing to develop something new.”
After launching “almost 80 different flavors since the start, never repeating,” you would think it would have been enough. Yet not only does the menu change every 6-8 weeks, but with a seemingly never-ending supply of glorious flavor creations – like peppermint cherry and this month’s blood orange almond – the still adored Cronut® is apparently never going away (It’s now available in Tokyo, London and soon to be Los Angeles.)
But what we really wanted to know from Ansel was…what will be his next Cronut®?
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I DKA or Dominique’s Kouign Amman, which he describes as “almost like a caramelized croissant, with tender and flaky layers on the inside and a crunchy caramelized crust on the outside. I have one every morning for breakfast.”
II This summer get ready for a seasonal soft serve window, with flavors like burrata and balsamic caramel, micro basil and confit strawberries.
III DKA Ice cream sandwich takes that caramelized croissant, slices it in half and adds a perfect scoop of salted caramel, chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Other flavors available.
IV The Matcha Latte with a sakura marshmallow (cherry blossom) that flowers in the hot beverage. Available all year long.
V Frozen S’mores are the camping treat you can eat all year long. A cube of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a chocolate cookie, covered in marshmallow and bruleed to order. Served skewered on an applewood smoked willow branch, you won’t miss the great outdoors one bit.
VI The Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot, already almost as well known as his most famous creation, is a chocolate chip cookie filled with cold milk – amazing! But plan your trip – these comforting treats are only served after 3 PM.