Dominique Ansel, French chef and inventor of the cronut, is at it again with his newest culinary creation, the "magic soufflé." Although initial reviews for Ansel’s “new Fall item” describe it as delicious and “made with love,” the sugar and butter combo of the cronut shines through with this orange- and chocolate-flavored pastry.
"I don't want the creation to kill the creativity. It's not so much about making the next Cronut. It's about making something other than the Cronut," Ansel explained to Eater.com.
Defined as a “never-collapsing” Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé filled with molten chocolate and covered by toasted orange blossom brioche, the magic soufflé does not disappoint on taste alone. However, the amount of calories and trans fat packed into it could be enough to dissuade even the hungriest of customers.
The cronut, a croissant-donut hybrid, hit Ansel’s New York City-based restaurant last May when Ansel warned consumers that the buttery, fried convection may not be on the healthy side. "I'm not sure how many calories, but it's very tasty," Ansel told the Associated Press. "I wanted to do something new and original. I wanted to do something fun to eat."
The nutritional value of both the magic soufflé and the cronut is not easily determined seeing as how Ansel refuses to give out his recipes. But a single plain doughnut can run up to 198 calories with 48 percent of calories attributed to fat and another 47 percent to carbs. A croissant served by itself is around 150 calories, Saludify reported.
"It's a continuation of the doughnut craze but also sort of a continuation of everything fried. It's kind of New York's version of state fair food, only taken to a whole new level with the credibility of Dominique Ansel," dessert blogger Niko Triantafillou told the Associated Press.
Similar to the cronut, the magic soufflé is a breakfast menu item with butter and sugar content that could spell trouble for people trying to watch their weight or blood sugar levels. Just three pieces of Grand Marnier chocolate can run upwards of 140 calories and 6 grams of fat. Couple that with one piece of brioche at 266 calories and 10.15 grams of fat, plus molten chocolate on the inside, and there you have the nutritional nightmare that is the magic soufflé.