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Cro-not: croissant-doughnut hybrids that mimic the original

When Dominique Ansel's Cronut hit the market in the summer of 2013, lines poured down Spring Street before dawn for a chance to purchase this magical sugary hybrid dessert. Since then, the hype has continued with spin-offs of the trademarked dessert and a still steady demand for the original creation.

While the recipe for the Cronut is now available, the complicated steps involved in making such a unique dessert may deter many home bakers. And while the actual Cronut can only be found at Dominique Ansel Bakery, plenty of knock-offs are found in NYC and around the world.

Dunkin' Donuts is even debuting one next week!

Here's a look at some of the good, the bad and the extra sugary cro-nots.

Dunkin' Donuts' Croissant Donut

Dunkin' has been clear that the new doughnut-croissant
Photo Credit: RACHEL SENATORE

Dunkin' has been clear that the new doughnut-croissant hybrid premiering in the U.S. next week is NOT a cronut. Alright. We're hoping it will be more appetizing than a croissant topped doughnut, though.

Chikalicious' Dough'Ssant

Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village
Photo Credit: Flickr/wallyg

Chikalicious Dessert Club in the East Village is also known for long lines (but they move pretty quickly!). The Dough'Ssant is perhaps more inspired by the Cronut than a direct copy cat -- the $5 treat is baked rather than fried and comes in a seasonal variety of flavors, with several available each day.

203 E. 10th St., (212) 475-0929

Mille Feuille Bakery's French Doughnut

Mille Feuille calls their cousin to the
Photo Credit: Facebook/millefeuillenyc

Mille Feuille calls their cousin to the Cronut a French Doughnut. Made with organic flour, this $5 treat is available with chocolate or raspberry frosting or plain with a dusting of cinnamon sugar -- perfect for coffee dunking!

52 Laguardia Pl. and 2175 Broadway

Paris Baguette's Croissant Donut

Korean-French coffee shop and cafe Paris Baguette
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Korean-French coffee shop and cafe Paris Baguette has been popping up all over New York City faster than Cronut konckoffs!. Of course, this chain has its own version of the Cronut. The doughnut made with croissant dough is frosted in the style of the original, though the mass-produced imitation is not quite the same.

6 W. 32nd St., 567 7th Ave., 591 Lexington Ave. and 2039 Broadway

The Food Emporium's Croissant Donut

There's nothing like a grocery store baked
Photo Credit: Facebook/TheFoodEmporium

There's nothing like a grocery store baked good! In summer 2013, The Food Emporium lured in Cronut fans with their "no lines, no waiting" marketing for their 2 for $7 croissant doughnuts, in flavors like strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and salted caramel.

10 Union Square East & and 12 other NYC locations

Le Petit Bakery's Squats

You probably did a few extra squats at
Photo Credit: Facebook/LePetitNY

You probably did a few extra squats at the gym after enjoying one of these treats from this Fort Greene Bakery. Le Petit Bakery's version of the Cronut was baked fresh in-house, in flavors like bacon chocolate, vanilla and caramel crunch. A limit of two squats per customer kept demand for these unique croissant-doughnuts high. While the bakery is currently on hiatus, we're still hoping for their sweet return soon.

Pilsbury's Salted Caramel Crescent Doughnuts

For anyone with access to a grocery store
Photo Credit: Pilsbury

For anyone with access to a grocery store and an oven, a DIY Cronut knockoff is just a freezer case away! Pilsbury created an imitation of the famous NYC dessert and the only queue you have to wait in is the check-out line. Bonus: your house will smell like croissants/doughnuts.

The Hot Dog Corner's Croinut

We already told you how to taste
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/hotdogcornerparis

We already told you how to taste NYC in Paris, and off course, a Cronut has to be involved! The Hot Dog Corner, a New York-themed eatery serves their "Croinut" warm, filled with Nutella and dusted with powdered sugar. Of course only the French could outdo us.

61 rue de Vaugirard 6e, 108 rue Saint-Denis 1er & 45 rue des Martyrs 9e, Paris, France

Rinkoff's Bakery's Crodough

Rinkoff's London bakery sells a variety of
Photo Credit: Facebook/Rinkoffs.Bakery

Rinkoff's London bakery sells a variety of flavors of its signature Crodough -- a croissant-doughnut hybrid not unlike their across-the-pond original.

224 Jubilee St., London, England

Jack in the Box Croissant Donut

West Coast chain Jack in the Box brought
Photo Credit: Jack in the Box

West Coast chain Jack in the Box brought their Cronut knockoffs across the country! Their dessert is "a donut made with buttery croissant dough rolled in cinnamon sugar to create a decadent pastry treat." But can a fast food joint really mass produce something as high-quality as the legendary SoHo bakery?

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