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The "Wonut": Chicago's new foodie craze

The 'Wonut': Chicago's New Foodie Craze

For all you creative foodies out there, get ready to eat your heart out with the newly invented pastry called the Wonut. That's right, a waffle and a doughnut combined.

Alex Hernandez, the owner of Waffles Cafe in Chicago, invented the waffle-plus-doughnut combination and started serving it two months ago.

The Chicago Tribune reports the Wonut craze went viral after Thrillest.com and BuzzFeed praised the treat. Since then, people around the world have been clamoring for a Wonut.

The Wonut follows a few other recent waffle trends that have been successful.

From ABC's "The Chew":

"Wafflegato ... Ice Cream shaped like a waffle with fused espresso."

"Waffle Tacos ... A warm waffle filled with scrambled eggs topped with cheese."

You might also be reminded of Dominique Ansel's Cronut, which was a croissant and doughnut mixture introduced in New York last summer.

But Hernandez told WMAQ the two are completely different. "They really only resemble each other because of the name combination."

So other than the similar name, the biggest difference seems to be the price tag. A Wonut will cost you $2.95, while Cronuts costs $5 apiece.

Hernandez is even sharing his secrets to make the yummy pastry. Thrillist.com takes interested bakers through the entire process from pouring the batter to forming the Wonut.

People are not playing around about getting their Wonuts. Hernandez said one man came all the way from Tennessee and offered him an extra $100 just to put another batch in. Moral of the story: get them while you can.

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mandierenae2009 May 03 2014 at 12:57 PM

yummy.. I want!

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terwalk2 May 03 2014 at 4:47 PM

screw that chit,ill continue drinking my health drink and working out. love my body too much for junk food.any ladies out there care tio join me?

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ldarkspark5 terwalk2 May 03 2014 at 4:53 PM

Only if you want your agenda change.

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t.motu May 03 2014 at 3:26 PM

Make them rich by making our health go down the 6ft hold full of dirt. Too bad these people don't see it or don't care. So world of eaters.....eat away!!!!!

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Ray May 03 2014 at 11:29 AM

Home made belgium waffles are my favorite. Especially if the batter smells like vanilla and the waffle itself tastes like white cake. Ohhhh, so good! There are waffle shacks at the foot of ski resorts all around the world in different countries as well as the U.S. that sell scrumptious waffles that have an outer crunchy coating of pearl sugar on the outside and are fluffy and moist like cake when you bite into them. Can you tell I love waffles? If I am ever in Chicago, I'll have to try a Wonut.

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bdgrizcp May 03 2014 at 9:04 AM

If you want a real waffle (not Belgium) there's the recipe in Joy of Cooking. This is the one that has you separate the eggs and whip the whites and fold them back into the batter just before going to the waffle iron. They are exquisite, especially with real maple syrup. Or you can brave your local Waffle House and theirs are almost as good.

Does anyone remember the classic Claymation Christmas special from years gone by? 'Here we come a-waffling among the fields of green....' Good times.

As you can guess. to me these 'creation' look just plain awful.

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pswmom bdgrizcp May 03 2014 at 10:18 AM

I remember that special!! I liked the waffling one and also the bells one when the conductor hit the one player with a slingshot! =)

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alfredschrader May 03 2014 at 7:02 AM

Probably one of the best investments you could make is the Black and Decker waffle machine (Wal Mart $27.95).
It has non-stick surfaces and is automatic. It makes incredible food.
I put a lump of pizza dough into it and made waffle pizzas (unbeleivable).
You can mix waffle batter with half browning mix and make waffle brownies. Let them cool and apply brownie icing.
You can use yellow cake batter instead of waffle batter and make strawberry short cake with whipped cream and powdered sugar.

But what's even more interesting is take a piece of boneless chicken breast and waffle-ize it ! What you get is fancy waffle grill marks and a crispy juicy chicken breast you can serve on a burger bun with lettuce and tomato. It's fast cause it grill on both sides at once.

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pswmom alfredschrader May 03 2014 at 10:18 AM

It all sounds yummy!

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pja3760 alfredschrader May 03 2014 at 10:50 AM

Alfred....you need to market your ideas. I will try some of your recipes. They all sound scrumptious. I love funnel cakes.....I have made them with reg. pancake mix....put them in a "funnel" they are plastic sold in stores with kitchen gadgets...put some batter in the funnel...make sure its not too thin or thick...and just swirl batter as it comes out of the funnel...like make a circle crisscrossing the batter or figure 8's. into hot oil to deep fry...put each on a paper towel to drain and then I like to sprinkle powder sugar on them after they have cooled , Not too sweet, and crunchy and great with coffee or tea. Or if you prefer strawberries and whipped cream on them....hope some of you will try it....

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Jan May 03 2014 at 3:10 PM

Think I will stick to veg's and fruit... :)

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charpist5 May 03 2014 at 11:21 AM

It doesn't matter what it is called, it is still completely unhealthy. Ick.

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ojedams May 03 2014 at 11:46 AM

Yay! Another food product to make us fat-ass Americans even fatter!!!

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miojohol May 03 2014 at 12:14 PM

Amazing as if Americans were'nt heavy enough here comes another gut buster.

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