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Want a Cronut knock-off? No thanks.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 6, 2013

It took a few months, but the Cronut knock-offs finally made their way to Austin this summer.

First came La Patisserie, with its CroBrio, a croissant/brioche hybrid. Then, Artisan Bistro launched its Crognet, followed by Sugar Mama’s CroNettes.

Bless them one and all, but having tried the CroBrio this morning, I’ll think I’ll stick with the very fine traditional pastries at all three of these establishments from now on.

Perhaps it’s not fair to eschew the other two, but the tough CroBrio from La Patisserie tasted like a day-old doughnut that had been refried and injected with vanilla cream to cover up the flaws. We tried all three flavors (cinnamon sugar/unglazed, chocolate glaze and green tea glaze) and I can’t recommend any of them. (And I have no idea where the green tea glaze idea came from. It’s hard to untaste that.)

For $6 and change, I’d rather get a regular croissant, which from La Patisserie is always delightfully light and flaky, and their French-press coffee, one of my favorite in Austin.

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Have you tried one of the other Cronut knock-offs? Am I missing out on some mind-blowing pastry experience by skipping them?

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