Knock-off cronuts are popping up everywhere. Joining the cronut craze is Dunkin’ Donuts, in South Korea and the Philippines. Before Dunkin’, all the cronut making imposters were mom and pop bakeries. Dunkin’ Donuts in neighborhoods throughout Seoul like Gangnam, Jamsil and Myungdong have introduced a cronut look-alike called the “New York Pie Donut.”
In the Philippines, Dunkin’ has gone with cronuts that look more like donuts from outside. Available at selected Metro Manila outlets, their cronut menu includes Apple Cinnamon and Choco Almond.
Not to be outdone by Dunkin’ Donuts, Banderole in Japan makes some delightful cronuts. Banderole has created a localized cronut menu with, Strawberry Chocolate, Crispy Chocolate, Rich Matcha Chocolate, and “Smile White Chocolate,” a Cronut with a smiley face on it.
According to BuzzFeed, there are 60 cronut knockoffs made around the world. Time for the father of the cronut, Dominique Ansel to do something about it. In an interview with Eater, Ansel addressed the imposters, saying that he was “very flattered to be an inspiration for people.” And, he sent this tweet.
Hey there copycats, if we're ever in a room together, I will be able to look you in the eye. Will you be able to do the same?
— Dominique Ansel (@DominiqueAnsel) June 6, 2013