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Cronut King’s Latest Creation Looks Like a Pretzel Bear Claw

Courtesy Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel unveiled his $8 pretzel lobster tail on national TV

Updated August 8 at 11:30a.m.

Have the cronut king’s novelty pastries jumped the shark? We’ll find out sometime before dawn on Saturday, when the line starts forming outside Dominique Ansel’s Soho bakery for his latest oeuvre: the pretzel lobster tail.

Introduced on Good Morning America Thursday, the $8 invention is comprised of pretzel dough wrapped around a buttercrunch-peanut butter filling and comes with a warm dipping sauce made from whipped honey and browned butter. The entire concoction is “sprinkled liberally” with Maldon sea salt.

Sounds delicious. But ever since Ansel captivated us with his doughnut-croissant hybrid last spring, his subsequent novelties — the waffogato, the frozen s’mores — have been a lot less thrilling. And then there’s the dubious move of announcing the new pastry on national TV, which has already prompted one food writer to implore, “Please stop distracting from all that by appearing on national television to introduce pastries like they’re the next iteration of the iPhone … You’re better than that. “

Not that we’d turn our nose up at the chance to try one.

Update: Dominique Ansel heard my plea and invited me to his bakery to try the pretzel lobster tail one day before it goes on sale. What surprised me most was the generous amount and distinctive taste of the peanuty brittle filling. (Ansel told me the nuts are caramelized and salted before they are ground down into a butter.) And there was so much dipping sauce that I brought some home to spread on toast later. The verdict: tasty, and extremely filling.

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Millions of Jars of Peanut Butter Headed to the Dump in New Mexico

No word yet on where anyone’s going to find a million jars of jelly.

Almost a million jars of peanut butter are destined for a landfill in New Mexico after Costco refused to take the shipment due to leaky peanut oil.

The peanut butter, valued at an estimated $2.6 million, was manufactured by Sunland Inc., a company now in bankruptcy after playing a central role in a national salmonella outbreak in 2012.

An official overseeing the bankruptcy said “all parties agreed there’s nothing wrong with the peanut butter from a health and safety issue” but that Costco declined to take the shipment and refused to allow it to be donated to a food bank. The peanut butter was manufactured with peanuts owned by Costco, the Associated Press reports. Costco did not respond a request for comment from the AP.

With no option other than destruction, the roughly 25 tons of peanut butter is being moved to a landfill in Clovis, New Mexico. The last of 58 truckloads is expected Friday.

[AP]

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