Cronuts make people do crazy things. They form long, hours-long lines. Scalpers sell them for $40/piece. Jerry Seinfeld makes his assistant buy them so he can make glutinous Vines. They dig in the trash for them. They bring them to find Banksy statues. Thankfully, the decadent pastry's creator Dominique Ansel has channeled this fever for the force of good: Last night, a dozen Cronuts were auctioned for $14,000 at City Harvest's Bid Against Hunger.
City Harvest collects millions of pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, office cafeterias and more, delivering them to community food programs across NYC. Ansel told us, "It's always exciting to see the power of the Cronut™. I was really touched yesterday because a fellow chef approached me and said: I'm glad you did what you did, and now your creation can do such amazing things to help people. We were excited to support City Harvest."
— Dominique Ansel (@DominiqueAnsel) October 23, 2013
Ansel has previously used his Cronuts to encourage charitable giving with Food Bank for New York City and, through the Shake Shack Cronut Concrete, the NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Widow and Children Fund and Madison Square Park.