'Cronut' craze hits the CNE: Will you try it?
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 11:06 AM -
A half croissant, half donut, stuffed with a burger and cheese, topped with sugar and maple bacon jam.
This "heart-stopping" creation is called the Cronut and will be one of the many outrageous food selections available at this year's Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).
Every year, Canada's largest fun fair makes headlines for its food, but the Maple Bacon Jam Cronut Burger may just top it all.
"Yep, this is really good," said Weather Network's CNE food connoisseur Emily Vukovic while sneaking an early taste of the epic burger on Wednesday. "Definitely, if you're at the CNE, definitely get a Cronut."
The Cronut was originally created by French chef Dominique Ansel in New York, sparking a "Cronut craze" around the world. Since its launch in May several copycat replicas have been produced in places like Asia, Australia and Europe.
EPIC Burgers and Waffles has partnered up with Toronto's pastry shop Le Dolci to bring the burger to this year's CNE, which runs from August 16 to September 2.
Founded in 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition draws in about one million people every year with its displays, food and entertainment.
In addition to all the food and fun, the festival became EcoLogo certified in 2010. It also claims it's the 'Greenest Fair in North America.'
Recycling bins are everywhere, as are bike racks and water fountains. And in the food areas, all Styrofoam has been eliminated. Vendors are now required to use compostable plates, cups and cutlery.
Solar panels are another big part of the eco-initiative at the CNE and can be found on things like golf carts and some of the games at the Midway. Officials say they really help to decrease the amount of electricity that gets pulled off the grid.