I jumped on the bandwagon. Who will not? Besides, its all about sweets!
Cronuts, as described by many as the hybrid of a croissant and a doughnut, took the pastry world by storm and spread like a virus after it was first released last May 2013. It was said to be invented in New York City by Dominique Ansel and people were falling in long queues for this unique pastry. Surprisingly, Manila was able to catch up with the craze so fast that versions of the pastry popped up like mushrooms.
Reports say that there were already about 12 bakeries here in Manila who made their own versions of the Crounts and as of the moment, I only tried two of them.
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
They say Wildflour Bakery were the first ones to bring the Cronuts here in Manila. I remember calling them one morning to reserve (yes, you have to call them for a reservation) a dozen Cronuts and was told that they will only hold it up to 20 minutes or else, they will give it to the walk-in customer in their store in The Fort. I went to the office hours earlier than my shift just to make sure my Cronuts will not go anywhere but my mouth.
Well, their Cronuts come in five flavors; Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Sugar raised, Dulce de leche, Mixed Berry, Hazelnut. They are P125.00 per piece. It’s big and tall. Sugar coating adds more texture and sweetness making it too sweet for my taste. They were also too crispy (I’m not sure why) meaning the pastry was a bit overcooked. But I really liked the Chocolate since it tasted like dark chocolate which is bitter. I like their packaging of simple white box. It’s very classy. Wildflour has two branches, The Fort and in Podium. You have to call to reserve and then pick up.
Dolce Latte Café and Gourmet Bakeshop
I have to ask my office mate to get me some of Dolce Latte’s Cronuts since its way to far from where I am.
The best thing about their Cronuts is that they offer the widest range of flavors: Valhrona Crunch, Custard Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter Crisp, Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Almond Caramel, Raspberry Cream Cheese, Nutty Nutella and Lemon Meringue. I’ll give it to them for making a variety of flavors and including cream cheese on the menu. They are P110.00 per piece. They’re kind of smaller that Wildflour’s, but I really like its flakiness and delicateness. It was cooked just right with the right amount of sweetness and sourness (because of the cream cheese). My favorite was the Blueberry Cream Cheese since it was sweet and tangy at the same time. Packaging is quite similar with Wildflour only they accented it with a ribbon. They only have one branch in Quezon City and you also have to call in to reserve a day before you pick it up.
Dolce Latte Café and Gourmet Bakeshop. 1616 Quezon Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. +63.2.332.3407. Monday to Friday – 9:00AM to 10:00PM. Saturday and Sunday – 10:30AM to 8:00PM
So for now, if I have to choose between the two, I’ll go with Dolce Latte for coming up with a wide variety of flavor choices, it being not too sweet, and for cooking them just right. I read that Chatime (P55.00 each), Dunkin’ Donuts (P75.00 each), Le Coeur de France (P89.00 each), Café Jeepney (P130.00 each) and Country Style Donuts (P60.00 each) came up with their own versions of the Cronuts but I haven’t tried them yet. I’ll update this entry once tasted.