Dominique Ansel, the New York-based pastry chef responsible for unleashing a million croissant/donut hybrids into the world (not to mention all those delicious calories in your gut), has finally unveiled a follow-up to his world-changing Cronut.
It's called the 'Lobster Tail Pretzel'; it's made with buttercrunch and peanut butter, sprinkled with Maldon sea salt, and served with a whipped brown butter and honey sauce for dipping; and, well, it looks like a penis.
First we had the Milky Bar hidden Johnson debacle, now this: the phallis may just be the latest 'in' thing for sweet treats.
The creation was unveiled on Good Morning America over the weekend. Needless to say, much of the discussion since has focused on its, uh, familiar shape.
"At first glance, yes, the lobster tail also looks like a penis," wrote Huffington Post, highlighting the Twitter response to Ansel's new creation (obviously, that response was basically "It's a penis.") Likewise, Gawker articulated the question on everyone's lips, asking "Is Dominique Ansel's new pretzel thing a d*** or what?" (Their conclusion? "It's a d***.")
The Daily Beast - who ran an inter-office straw-poll, resulting in the sole dissenting voice ("It reminds me of the head of a pharaoh..." said one innocent staff member) - even sent Ansel an email, wondering if the pastry's phallic properties were part of some epic prank. "Wow. What do people think when they see a hot dog? By no means would we ever do anything vulgar or offensive," was the chef's reply.
Still, his protestations might be in vain. The pastry -- which is currently only on-sale at Ansel's bakery in Soho, NYC for US$8 - has already become known as the 'penis pretzel', which clearly has more of a ring to it than its official title.
"One penis pretzel, please." Yep, that's totally worth a trip to New York.
- Fairfax Media