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Red Robin Serves an Entire Tower of Fake Cronuts

Now that Dunkin’ Donuts has gone wide with its fake Cronuts — “Come back at 2 a.m. when we get ten delivered,” we were told earlier this week at a Brooklyn store — at $2.49 a pop, Red Robin has seized the moment and introduced its own version, which come in the form of eight pastry things pre-threaded on a metal spoke, which also holds a cup of fudge and some berry dipping sauce.

How convenient.
How convenient. Photo: Red Robin

“Doh! Why didn’t we think of it before?” they write, and if it all seems a little precarious, it is. Like Dunkin’ and Jack in the Box before them, the chain goes out of its way to not give their hybrid fried pastry a portmanteau name that might end up in a lawsuit. Maybe they shouldn’t have gone with a “Doh!” though: We all know Homer Simpson loves doughnuts, and owner 20th Century Fox sued a brewer over Duff beer, after all.


Red Robin Serves an Entire Tower of Fake Cronuts