Everyone has been copying the cronut, from Indianapolis to Washington. So, perhaps, it was inevitable that the dessert that's taken over America, or at least New York, has found its way onto Asian soil. But don't fret for the cronut just yet; this can be a good thing.
The Wall Street Journal's Josephine Cuneta and Eric Bellman detail various Asian countries where different permutations of the cronut have popped up: for example, a dulce de leche version in the Philippines or a peanut-caramel version in China. They also explain some of the ways the cronut got there, writing of one (dedicated) baker: "She sent her brother, who works in New York, to stand in line and investigate. He waited for two hours to get some allotted cronuts, and then flew one over from New York to Manila."
That's one long flight for someone to get their hands on a cronut. Yet it's actually not out of the ordinary. Once, when I was visiting the Philippines as a child, it was the height of Krispy Kreme mania. I would see people carry boxes upon boxes of original glazed donuts that they must have brought all the way from the U.S. Some people just love their sweets.
But effort aside, this news isn't going to go over well with cronut creator Dominique Ansel, who has already made it known that he doesn't care for cronut knockoffs. And let's be clear, piracy is bad and can end up costing a lot of people a lot of money. We do not condone it and are supporters of intellectual property. That said, we're going to approach this from the viewpoint of a hopeless cronut addict who is determined to get her hands on the fried treat, legality be damned. Here's why she should be happy about the cronut imitations: