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Learn How To Properly Eat A Cronut® Before The Real Thing Comes To L.A.

This is not a test. This is a real cronut. (Photo courtesy of Dominique Ansel)
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After nearly a year of knock-off cronuts saturating our L.A. market, we finally get the real thing! Chef Dominique Ansel of New York will be gracing us with his delectable, trademarked croissant-donut mashup known as the Cronut® this Saturday at the Grove—for one day only. Consider this your primer on how to eat this pastry, so you look like you know what the hell you're doing. If you're willing to wait in line for hours for this viral sensation (and we assume the line will be long since this is what the NYC Cronut line looks like in a blizzard), we've got some instructions on how to order and properly eat a legit Cronut:

1. Don't be greedy and try to order 20 Cronuts just so you can scalp these $5 goodies for $100 each like people have in New York. Be cool, for once in your life, be cool! Also, there's a limit of two per person, so you're going to have to choose who's going to get your second pastry—your significant other, your mom, or two for yourself and never tell anyone you were ever in line.

2. After you've waited an eternity in line, do not scarf down your Cronut (because we know you'll have missed lunch by this point) when you get it. Position it in such a way that you can get the perfect amount of sunlight to hit the pastry for a choice Instagram shot. (Nobody wants your gross, shadowy Cronut photos with a green filter—try to be professional.)

3. Do not complain that your Cronut isn't served warm. It's supposed to be served at room temperature because, dammit, the goodies are filled with cream!

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4. Now, eat it immediately! These Cronuts only have a shelf life of six hours.

5. Oh, are you so classy that you can't bear to immediately devour the Cronut and leave your face covered in delicious, flaky crumbs? Well, if you must cut it, please do so with a serrated knife. Don't ever, ever crush the layers.

6. Actually, don't even use the knife. You really should be peeling off the layers one by one like a mille crepe cake. Seriously, guys.

7. Thinking about saving your other Cronut for a year like that slice of your wedding cake? Forget about it. Under no circumstances should you freeze or refrigerate it as it will go stale. Don't even try to eat it after your six-hour shelf life has passed. (Family Guy's evil monkey pointing his disapproving finger at you here.)

That's a lot of rules and a lot of waiting. Personally, we're pretty lazy and line-averse, so we're holding out hope for another weekend of nationwide Cronut shipping.

Real, Legit Cronuts™ Come To Los Angeles For The First Time