I must admit that the cronut hype came and left without me ever trying one. And I am basically their perfect customer — I love croissants! I love donuts!
I love carbs! So, on a Wednesday afternoon, I found street parking and walked into the pink, black and white branded location of Dum Dum Donutterie (rather unfortunate but memorable name, that…)
After a quick look at the counter, I was torn between a few of the flavors, but ultimately decided on a Zebra and a Salted Caramel with Lotus. While I love the flakiness of the cronut, the filling in the Zebra was a bit too pudding like for me (to the point I moved it to the side so I could focus on the texture of the pastry). Splitting both of these with a dining partner, I think the Salted Caramel was the better option (although I did not get a lot of lotus notes). Coffee, tea and karak were on offer (along with some juices), but I chose a bottle of water to drink.
Should you want to purchase your own treats, 6 cronuts will set you back 110AED (6 donuts will set you back AED80). Given that I grew up on Krispy Kreme and that said donuts cost considerably less, I don’t think I’ll be too tempted to move away from my original favorites anytime soon. However, to give credit where credit is due (per the Dum Dum website):
“We use the very best in cooking technology to control ingredients rather than the method of simply floating product in oil. Dum Dum Doughnuts are significantly lower in fat (half the fat in some instances) than our competitors thanks to our traditional patisserie-based baking process – so unique that it is patented in Europe and the US.”
While I wouldn’t make a special trip to the location, I do think if I was on this side of town, I might stop by again. Or, if I wanted to be a hero at the office, this might be a fun order to bring in or have delivered on a Thursday morning. Furthermore, I really can’t understand why this brand isn’t in a mall or somewhere that might be a better fit for them (The Walk @ JBR or Boxpark, for example).
Are you part of the cronut trend? What’s your favorite variety?