Just as the Cronut fad seems to be fading, Jack In the Box has jumped on the bandwagon to offer their version of the pastry.
The Cronut was originally created by pastry chef Dominique Ansel in 2013 for the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. The name Cronut is trademarked, thus Jack In The Box’s decision to use the innocuous, descriptive name Croissant Donuts.
The Jack In The Box website describes their Croissant Donuts as, “The perfect hybrid of two delicious sweet treats – croissants and donuts; this pastry is a donut made with buttery croissant dough rolled in cinnamon sugar to create a decadent pastry treat.”
Perfect? They are most definitely not.
The outside of the pastry is chewy and tough. The inside has a nice, soft texture but the overriding flavor is that of artificial butter. If you’ve ever had real butter before, you’ll notice something fishy. Also note that these Croissant Donuts are much smaller than you’d probably assume from ads. They’re just a little bigger than a golf ball.