Cronut™ Battle: Herb Box vs. Karl's Quality Bakery

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Cronuts™ fried up by Chow Bella.
After Chow Bella fried up some of the ever popular Cronuts™ a few weeks back, we have had our ears to the ground, waiting to see who would attempt this trendy treat locally.

The Cronut™ craze has slowly trickled outside of New York, from Dominique Ansel Bakery, into neighborhood bakeries around the world. For those not in the pastry loop, a Cronut™ is the love child of a doughnut and a croissant. It boasts multiple fluffy layers like a croissant, yet is fried up with love like a doughnut. Filled with cream, dredged in sugar, and topped with a glaze, Cronuts™ are the latest guilty pleasure for pastry lovers -- no matter what you call 'em (since Ansel apparently has the rights to the name).

For those not able to travel to New York City and wait on line for hours, a few Valley pastry chefs are frying up their version of the treat, for your tasting pleasure.

See also:

-Cronuts™: Chow Bella Shows You How to Fry Up the Latest Pastry Fad
-The Herb Box in Scottsdale Going "Cronuts" with "Doissants"
-Karl's Quality Bakery in Sunnyslope Making "Kronuts" and Suing Its Landlord

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The market storefront of Herb Box on Southbridge in Old Town Scottsdale.

In This Corner: Herb Box

The Setup: Herb Box, high-end catering company turned restaurant and market, focuses on utilizing local ingredients to add a twist on world cuisine. With their Southbridge location, and market below, there is endless marbled space for pastry chef Ladawn Driscol to fill with delectable delicacies.

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Herb Box Doissant display.

Termed the "Doissant" at Herb Box, the flavors change daily on this version, which is marked "50% Donut 50% Croissant 100% Delicious," and will set you back $5. The day we arrived, the flavor was Strawberry Lemon.

The Good: Excellent exterior sugary crunch on this Cronut™. The lemon filling was fresh and tart, and the server took the care to pack the Cronut™ in a plastic container, to keep it from being crushed.

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Herb Box Lemon Strawberry doissant.

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Interior of the Herb Box doissant.

The Bad: This cronut was a little doughy. The thing we love about the cronut/doissant is the flaky croissant layers. Also the strawberry glaze wasn't overly flavorful and really added nothing but a pop of color to the Cronut™.

Location Info

The Herb Box

20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Karl's Quality Bakery

111 E Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Courtney Nush
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I had the exact opposite experience. When I got Karl's the filling was bland and overwhelming and the day I had HB's was a maple butterscotch day--super flaky inside and crispy light outside. I think it really could be a different head-to-head battle each day depending on what flavor each makes that day. :)


Let's see, the writer had to go to Karl's three times to get a kronut. Rough life. EVERY time I go to Karl's there is something yummy. Karl's Bakery = life is good. Enjoy it.

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