Dominique Ansel's Cronut, the undisputed pastry king of 2013, inspired several creative entrepreneurs and scalpers to come up with get-rich-quick schemes involving illicit pastry delivery. But now Cronuts are available for delivery nationwide for a limited time, and it's officially sanctioned by the bakery.
Gourmet food delivery site Goldbely.com is handling the delivery for the limited event going on this weekend. According to Gothamist, the sale began Friday at 6 p.m. and will continue until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
According to the Dominique Ansel Bakery Facebook page, limited batches of 2-piece Cronut boxes will be released every hour, within the hour. The bakery says sometimes more than one box will be released per hour. All Cronuts will be December's special flavor, Valrhona Chocolate Champagne, and they will cost $5 apiece, exactly the same as at the bakery. Goldbely is covering shipping and handling costs.
"All orders will be shipped Monday (Dec. 16) overnight and be received Tuesday (Dec. 17)," the bakery said. "Please make sure you are home to receive them as they are highly perishable."
The fragility of the Cronut makes shipping difficult, which is why this trial will be going on this weekend only.
"In order to ship the Cronuts™, we worked for about 7 months and found a way. But it takes a lot of packaging and equipment and they need to be made fresh within 30 minutes of us packing it away," the bakery explained. "Remember, this is our one-time trial. And we will try to be working on more. Also, as a courtesy, Goldbely is covering the cost of everyone's packaging and overnight shipping. And we will be throwing in some fun Christmas items for some of the packages as well!"