Cronut Craze Comes to Destin
KaraBoo Bakery delights customers with delicious pastries and cakes including itâ€™s own version of the cronut – a doughnut made from croissant dough.
We began our search for the Destin version when enjoying a morning cup of coffee at Camilleâ€™s Sidewalk Cafe. Â We were dismayed to learn that the cafe was already sold out of its popular pastries. Â I learned the source for their yummy baked goods is the KaraBoo Bakery. Â After a quick Yelp search (KaraBoo, not caribou), we found the address on Emerald Coast Parkway and began our quest.
The bakery is a little hard to find. Â Itâ€™s located in a strip mall, across from the outlet mall, between IHOP and Wine World. Â The bakery takes itâ€™s name from professional pastry chef Kara Enache, and her husband, Boo, who is originally from Romania. Â Together, they have been running the bakery for about two years. Â Boo says his day of baking usually begins about 1:00 a.m. each morning. They also supply many area restaurants in Destin, FL with specialty baked breads and pastries. Â The bakery is also very popular for wedding cakes and specialty cakes. Â
We sampled a sprinkle cronut and, then, returned the next day to sample a raspberry version that Boo said he would make for us. Â Since our visit, he has also made the pastry into a muffin shape, calling it a â€ścruffin.â€ť Â Whatever the name, itâ€™s a treat to enjoy!
The cronut or croissant-doughnut hybrid was invented and trademarked by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. Â The pastry is made by frying the layered and buttered pastry dough. The fried pastry is then sugared, filled, and glazed. Â Ansel calls them cronuts, Cocomaya Bakery in London calls their version coco-doughs, while a bakery in Mountain Brook, AL calls their square-shaped variation â€śSweet LaLaâ€™s.â€ť
In December 2013, TIME magazine named the cronut as one of the “25 Best Inventions” of 2013. Â After sampling the Destin version, we tend to agree. Â We invite you to head to KaraBoo Bakery to sample some of the yummy goodness!