Before Cronuts: 50 Years of Pastry Hybrids

Culinary historians will look back on 2013 as the year of the cronut—the flaky, fried croissant-cum-doughnut created by New York City pas...
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2012: Dinkies

If you love pancakes but hate that they’re flat, Dinkies are for you. The cake ball-pancake hybrid comes from a store (also called Dinkies) in New York City’s Chinatown. Named for their diminutive size, the fluffy spheres are similar to Danish aebleskivers, but are set apart by their wide range of flavors. Rather than simply served plain or dusted with powdered sugar, Dinkies come in both savory and sweet flavors ranging from chocolate chip to ham and cheese to strawberry shortcake, and can be topped with a range of sauces and add-ons like malt balls and cookie dough.

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