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Customers scarf Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery, in New York. The CNE will add a burger patty to the happiness. (Richard Drew/The Associated Press)
Customers scarf Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery, in New York. The CNE will add a burger patty to the happiness. (Richard Drew/The Associated Press)

Cronut burger to be artery-hardening star of the Ex this year Add to ...

The Cronut Burger is coming to the CNE.

Brought by the same people who introduced the Krispy Kreme burger last year, the new burger will be what the the Ex refers to as the “Star of CNE 2013,” using the sweet world’s biggest current trend – the croissant-donut created by Chef Dominique Ansel.

The new pastry has taken the foodie world by storm, and has recently been introduced in Canada.

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The CNE is known for trying to outdo itself in terms of food selections, and along with the sweet burger, this year’s selections will put all other years to shame.

Among the food items most likely to make you suffer a heart attack is the bacon and peanut butter milkshake.

Also on the menu: Nutella spring rolls and fries, deep fried Nutella bananas, Nutella ravioli, and Nutella-strawberry grilled cheese sandwiches.

And a “spice cream cone” is available, filled with (you guessed it) Nutella, vanilla ice cream and topped with bacon and chili flakes.

Previous years have seen fantastic feats of culinary imagination.

In 2011, deep-fried was the theme. Offerings included deep-fried Kool Aid, Mars bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pop tarts and macaroni ’n cheese.

Last year it was all about bacon: bacon-wrapped deep-fried Mars bars; maple bacon mini cupcakes; bacon and nutella cones; and bacon-wrapped deep-fried hot dogs.

And who can forget deep-fried butter and the Rob Ford butter ball?

I don’t think we really want to consider the fat content in these food items, although if you’re interested, BlogTo worked it out a couple of years ago.

These foods have always been part of the CNE attraction and they get more ridiculous every year. But there’s a danger lurking in the deep fryer; obesity was labelled a disease earlier this year and affects people all around the world, including 24.3 per cent of Canadian adults.

Any of these foods would put you on the fast-track to joining that statistic.

If you absolutely can’t resist and must try something – like a Cronut Burger, for the novelty of course – maybe try splitting it with a friend.

Just keep it in the back of your mind that deep-fried, though delicious, can also be very dangerous.

The CNE is open this year from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.

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