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Told you so.
I love the way that sweets are like fashion. There are staples that we rely on year in and year out. Those desserts that you know are delicious and will never let you down. Your little black dresses and chocolate cakes. Then you have your pretty young things which aren’t quite as chic and timeless but seem to stay popular amongst those who are young at heart. A little like ballerina skirts and desserts in cocktail glasses. And then you have your trends. Split into two categories, the first are those that are definitely fun while they last but often don’t suit the general population and tend to elicit a ‘what was I thinking?’ grimace upon reflection. Think hair mascara, bucket hats, most of the fashion of the 90s, neon and netting. Then there are some trends which, when done properly are possibly the best thing to have ever happened – ombre hair, high waisted shorts and the return of the peplum.
Remember the hit trends in sweets over the past decade? Ridiculously cute and well decorated cupcakes then light and much easier to eat macarons. These delicate desserts gave way to the oily but decadent frankensweet, the cronut (love child of the croissant and the donut. Where would this craziness end?
Behold, the cruffin!
Bastard child of the croissant and the muffin.
I was really sure that I could handle no more of the deep fried desserts after the permanent damage i’m sure all my cronut (macaron and cupcake) eating has done to my arteries. I was sure that the cruffin would be too oily, too dense, too generally ‘bleh’ to be enjoyable. And really, i’m sure it is, to most sensible people at least. Clearly I am not a sensible person.
I had this delicious salted caramel popcorn cruffin at Brewtown Newtown and it was decadent and worth every minute of the sugar coma I fell into upon finishing it. The popcorn delicious, sticky and tricky to eat but very satisfying and the caramel centre was blissful. The flaky pastry wasn’t oily like i’ve found most cronuts to be but its very possible that I was to far gone into salty sweet heaven to notice. However, it would be wise to pair this with a peppermint tea to get your digestion going afterwards!
So thats one more thing ticked off my dessert bucket list. What are the most outrageous desserts you have tried recently? I’d love to read your recommendations!
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The salted popcorn cruffins are tasty – and such a pretty sight. I wasn’t convinced on cruffins until I had the Nutella one – the lashings of molten Nutella inside is guaranteed to win you over!
Far out. You had me at ‘Nutella’! I don’t think they had Nutella ones when I was there (but I have to say I didn’t really look at the others after I saw the popcorn one! I will have to stalk them until they have them again. Thanks for the heads up Helen!