- The cronut - half croissant, half doughnut - has finally arrived in UK bakeries
- The pastry was created by French chef Dominique Ansel for his bakery in New York
- Cronuts can sell for up to $40 on the pastry black market in New York
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(CNN) -- When the love child of the doughnut and the croissant was created by the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, fans queued for hours to sample the tasty hybrid snack.
With only 300 cronuts made each day sold at $5 a pop, they are so coveted that they can go for up to $40 on the pastry black market. Even supermodel Heidi Klum had to wait weeks to try one.
Though the cronut has gained worldwide attention on social media since its debut in May, few in the UK have had the chance to taste the unique pastry -- until now.
"It just went viral because it's new," Dominique Ansel told CNN'. "It's fun; it's unusual; it's good."
One British bakery described it as the most exciting pastry launch since the sausage roll.
But although they have proved extremely popular with British customers, the intense enthusiasm for cronuts in New York is unlikely to be replicated in London.
"Cronuts are called "Yum Yums" in this country and you can buy them in [the supermarket Waitrose.