Dunkin' Donuts' latest baked confection, the Croissant Donut, will premiere Monday at participating locations across the country.
For a limited time, the croissant-doughnut hybrids will be offered every day while supplies last.
According to the breakfast-all-day chain, its Croissant Donut isn't modeled after NYC chef and bakery owner Dominique Ansel's trademarked Cronut that debuted more than a year ago.
"Are we copying a specific bakery in New York? The answer is no," said John Costello, Dunkin's president of global marketing and innovation, in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
The new Dunkin' treat costs $2.49, half the price of Ansel's Cronut. And that Best of the Bay-winning Cronut-like pastry from Tampa's Piquant, developed by co-owner Ricardo Castro, runs diners about $3.95 to $4.50.
While Castro and Ansel's croissant-doughnut fusions are filled with tastes like jam and cream, Dunkin's isn't. It sports the traditional glaze that tops its other doughnuts.
CL couldn't confirm which Dunkin' spots will begin carrying the pastries next week for certain. However, they will be available in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.