I tucked the last bite of my $2.75 Bouchon Bakery sticky bun into my briefcase, where it was going to stay until I rendered my sticky bun verdict this morning. But I made the mistake of putting my case down late last night when I got home tired and bedraggled. In a flash our gluttonous beagle Brass pounced and ate the whole thing in a nanosecond. So the dog really did eat my homework. But I had already found out that the sticky bun in question is worth every penny and more. Before I dug into my purchase, an astute friend asked how much a cinnamon bun costs at a corporate cinnamon bun outpost like Cinnabon. So I called one of their NY stores and was told the regular cinnamon bun was $3.02 and the pecan caramel sticky bun was $3.78. These facts changed everything. After all, Cinnabon's goods are adequate at best. The icky white icing is sticky and grainy and overly sweet, and there's nothing inherently wonderful about the bun itself, which though moist, is characterless and clearly made of inferior raw materials. Now all of a sudden the Bouchon Bakery sticky bun is looking like a veritable bargain. One bite later the verdict is in. The BB Sticky Bun is astonishingly good. It's loaded with pecans, practically oozes butter, and the outer layer of the bun is as moist as its center. And it's a dollar cheaper than its Cinnabon counterpart. So not only is it not a rip-off, it's a bargain. Tomorrow I will report on my Bouchon Bakery cookie findings. They are making their own oreos.
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