Like many people who are fortunate enough to still have discretionary income, our spending habits have changed during the pandemic. We've been sticking close to home since March (with the biggest adventure being moving to our new home in August), so travel spending in particular has decreased sharply.
In our pre-pandemic days, we went to New York City pretty frequently, at least once a year. Every time we went, we discussed the idea of getting a cronut at the Dominique Ansel Bakery. For the uninitiated, a cronut is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, which debuted in NYC to great acclaim in 2013. By "great acclaim," I mean long lines to get one. While I imagine the line situation must have eventually subsided, we always concluded that we were too tired and stressed out to make a special trip out of our way (and probably stand in some sort of a line) to try a pastry.
I'm not sure at this point when we'll next travel to NYC (or anywhere else, for that matter). But a few weeks ago, when I was perusing the food section of the NY Times, I noticed a story about how the Dominique Ansel Bakery was going to start shipping cronuts, at least for a limited time. Scott and I decided this was our chance to try them. I signed up for emails to alert me when they were ready to start taking online orders.
I saw the first alert email about 20 minutes after it landed in my inbox; I clicked on the link and found the cronuts had already sold out! About two weeks later, I got a second alert. I was faster that time, and managed to land a box of four cronuts. I got a bit of sticker shock when it came to shipping, however. Overnight shipment for the cronuts ended up costing nearly as much as the cronuts themselves! I considered dropping the whole idea at that point, but felt like we were already too intrigued by the idea of ordering cronuts. Plus, we hadn't been spending money on travel.
The second surprise was that even after ordering, we had about a two week wait to receive them. They finally arrived late yesterday afternoon. Here's what we got:
According to the literature they sent with the cronuts, flavors change every month, and are never repeated. Our particular cronuts are filled with chestnut ganache. And they are delicious! But, I probably won't order them again. There's the expense factor, of course. Also, as delicious as they are, they are almost certainly better fresh from the bakery, as all fried foods tend to be. It also turns out that four cronuts is a lot for two people--they aren't huge, but they pack a powerful punch and sit like lead weights in the stomach. Of course, one day when we aren't social distancing, it may be easier to go in on a box with two other people, thereby limiting both the expense and the calories. But I think in the future, I might be more receptive to visiting the bakery in NYC, whenever I may go again.