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Entry from April 16, 2015
Cruffin (croissant + muffin)

Mr Holmes Bakehouse, of San Francisco, California, opened in November 2014 and popularized the “cruffin” (croissant + muffin). National news stories about the “cruffin” were written in March and April 2015.

“Cruffin” and “mumpet” (crumpet and muffin) were mentioned in the book The Lady Paramount (1902) by Henry Harland. A trademark application for “Pepperidge Farm Cruffins” was filed in 1993. “Cruffins - The leftover crumbs from a muffin” was cited on Twitter on October 23, 2009. “Cranberry muffins(cruffins)” was cited on Twitter on May 26, 2012.

Similar food names include “cronut” (croissant + donut) and “duffin” (donut + muffin).


Google Books
The Lady Paramount
By Henry Harland
London: John Lane
1902
Pg. 167:
“Are those cruffins?” he asked.

“They’re mumpets,” said Miss Sandus, pushing the cake-stand towards him.

Twitter
Scott Small
‏@TheScottSmall
Cruffins - The leftover crumbs from a muffin.
7:59 AM - 23 Oct 2009

Twitter
Jose Aponte
‏@joseheyyy
cooked all morning now i’m making dinner and baking cranberry muffins(cruffins)
4:32 PM - 26 May 2012

Twitter
1derground
‏@1derground_MEL
@BruceEsplin “#FQF @acitywithquirk - what’s quirking your day?” We learned about Cruffins today. From the one and only @LuneCroissant.
8:36 PM - 4 Jul 2013

Thrillist
SICK OF CRONUTS? HERE ARE THE 10 NEW BREAKTHROUGH PASTRY-HYBRIDS.
PUBLISHED ON 7/9/2013 BY ADAM LAPETINA @adamlapetina
(...)
1. Croissant + Muffin = Cruffin

Google Books
Eat Dat New Orleans:
A Guide to the Unique Food Culture of the Crescent City

By Michael Murphy
Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press
2014
Pg. 178:
But, once inside (Gracious Bakery, opened in 2012—ed.), you are greeted by the bakery case filled with elegant palm-sized Black Forest cakes, butter opera cake, gourmet moon pies, the Doberge of the day (Doberge is a New Orleans–style layer cake), and croissant dough rolled in hazelnut and chocolate and molded into cupcake-sized “cruffins,” sometimes called “Kermit Cruffins.”

New York (NY) Times
During Bakery Break-In, Only Recipes Are Taken
By CAROL POGASH
MARCH 6, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO — It takes three days to make a cruffin, a muffin-croissant hybrid that is the signature of Ry Stephen, a 28-year-old pastry chef. His shop, Mr Holmes Bakehouse, has been open three months and inspired a wild following, with customers lining up early to buy the ice-cream-cone-shaped cruffins, which reliably sell out before the line is gone.

“It creates its own frenzy,” said Rebecca Flint Marx, editor of San Francisco Magazine’s food section, who noted that not only are cruffins a cult item — and at $4.50, relatively affordable — but they are also camera-ready, as photos on Instagram attest. Fillings include caramel, strawberry milkshake or Fluffernutter cream (among other flavors), depending on Mr. Stephen’s mood.

CNN.com
Cruffin mania: Why people are lining up for ‘the unicorn of pastries’
By Chuck Thompson, CNN
Updated 0805 GMT (1505 HKT) April 3, 2015
(...)
That’s because the muffin in question isn’t exactly a muffin—it’s a cruffin—and because demand for the things at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has been so great since its debut that owners have limited sales to just two per customer, so as not to disappoint their growing fan base.

You’d think they were selling Led Zeppelin reunion tickets.

“It’s a myth of a pastry, it’s the unicorn of pastries,” says Ry Stephen, 28, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse co-owner and pastry chef.

Lady and Pups
04.04.2015
HOW TO MAKE CRUFFIN WITH PASTA MACHINE
This came to me on a complete whim, took some stumbling and revisions, but people…

ZERO folding, absolutely no chilling in between, UTTERLY FLAKEY AND SHATTERING CRUFFINS (croissant + muffin = it’s a thing) MADE WITH PASTA MACHINE !

I don’t know what else you need to hear about it.  Seriously.  Go now.  Do it.

The Huffington Post
Cruffin Recipes To Help You Make This Croissant-Muffin Hybrid
By Julie R. Thomson
Posted: 04/15/2015 4:00 pm EDT Updated: 04/15/2015 4:00 pm EDT
(...)
Breathtaking, right? Just a glance at these golden, flakey, buttery rounds of pastry is enough to make us not groan at the mention of yet another Cronut knock-off. There have been so many. Between the Cro-Nots, Doissants and Brioughnuts, the morning pastry hybrids were starting to get a bad name for themselves.

But the cruffin—basically a muffin made with croissant dough-- has been in a league of its own ever since it was created in the SF bakery Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Lines formed for a taste. Burglars broke laws to steal the recipe. This thing is all-around known to be awesome. Almost worth a trip to San Francisco for a taste.

Then the brilliant mind behind Lady And Pups created a cruffin recipe that’s feasible to make at home.

(Trademark)
Word Mark PEPPERIDGE FARM CRUFFINS
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 030. US 046. G & S: bakery goods
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 74381288
Filing Date April 21, 1993
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition October 5, 1993
Owner (APPLICANT) PF BRANDS, INC. CORPORATION DELAWARE Suite 102 200 Continental Drive Newark DELAWARE 19713
Attorney of Record Greggory Keith Spence
Prior Registrations 0688816
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date June 29, 1994

(Trademark)
Word Mark CRUFFIN
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 030. US 046. G & S: Bakery Product. FIRST USE: 20040515. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20040515
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 78408368
Filing Date April 26, 2004
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition February 1, 2005
Owner (APPLICANT) Steil, Alan, W INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 98 Laurel Dr P.O. Box 867 Montauk NEW YORK 11954
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date May 30, 2006

(Trademark)
Word Mark CRUFFIN
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 030. US 046. G & S: Bakery products, namely, breads, buns, rolls, bagels, flat breads, English muffins, muffins, croissants, cakes, doughnuts, cookies, turnovers, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, scones, tarts, strudel, naan and tortillas
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 86032530
Filing Date August 8, 2013
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition December 31, 2013
Owner (APPLICANT) WHOLESOME HARVEST BAKING LTD. CORPORATION CANADA 4000, BOULEVARD INDUSTRIEL LAVAL, QUEBEC CANADA H7L4R9
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Scott J. Slavick
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date March 30, 2015

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