The Cronut craze is in full swing and Dominique Ansel’s delicious creation has cemented itself in the history books. Thanks to Vancouver’s Swiss Bakery and the invention of the Frissant, hungry residents and visitors don’t have to make the 3000+ mile trek out east for this treat. Inspired by Dominique’s Cronut, Swiss Bakery took the Canadian classic – the fritter – and combined it with the croissant to create the Frissant. Since hitting the streets a couple of months ago, the Frissant has gotten Canada wide media attention. With the Frissant made in limited batches of around 200 per day, they sell out usually by early afternoon. At $4 each and a limit of 6 per customer, they are a treat that won’t break the bank but might impact your waistline!
Swiss Bakery makes a Vanilla Bean Custard Frissant that is a standard item along with a rotating flavor. Hazelnut was available when I made my visit but now has been switched to Lime Mojito, so it shows they really are having fun with the flavors. When digging into this delicious creation you are struck with the fritter outside then you hit the butter and tender inside that is injected with vanilla custard that has a touch of lemon – truly a to die for dessert! After eating both flavors I found the Hazelnut to be the less sweet of the two and it also had chopped hazelnuts in the pastry cream-it was just like a hedgehog filling.
So does the Frissant live up to all the hype it’s gotten? Yes it sure does and Swiss Bakery should be on your Must Visit List if you find yourself in the Main St and 3rd Avenue area.