I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I tried Vons’ version of Cronuts last month, which are labeled “donut croissant.”
I kept seeing them when I was shopping and curiosity got the better of me.
The cronut copycats are not in the fresh donut section, but rather in the other bakery area with pre-packaged cakes, muffins, croissants, cookies, etc. They come in glazed or sugar coated and are packaged in boxes of four. I chose glazed as my favorite donuts are glazed ones.
Appearance-wise, these looked quite pretty and you could even see the flaky layers inside. The layer were very soft– too soft for a croissant texture. Most of the cronut copycats I’ve had taste like a fried croissant shaped like a donut. But these tasted only of donuts.
Actually because the layers were so soft, these actually tasted much better than the regular glazed doughnuts offered at Vons. The glaze also had completely seeped in, making them really sweet.
Conclusion: While these were the cheapest cronut copycat I’ve had to date, they didn’t taste much like cronuts. As a donut they were decent, but they failed as a cronut.