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Cronut flash sale: Croissant-doughnuts available for shipping this weekend only

Cronuts soon will be flying across the U.S. Dominique Ansel's ridiculously popular trademarked croissant-doughnut is available for shipping to anywhere in the country this weekend only in collaboration with the food delivery website Goldbely.com.

This marks the first time the New York bakery has shipped Cronuts. Limited batches of the pastry -- a doughnut-shaped ring of fried laminated dough filled with custard and frosted with glaze -- are being released for sale at the website until Sunday 11:59 p.m. Eastern time (8:59 p.m. Pacific).

Each month the bakery features a new flavor, and for December it's Valrhona chocolate Champagne with fresh orange-zest sugar glaze. These also come with edible gold dust.

Goldbely.com will release a batch of two to 20 each hour. If you visit the Goldbely page during a “Release a Cronut” period, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase two Cronuts for $5 each, the same price as at the bakery. Batches are released at various times hour to hour "to ensure everyone gets a fair shot," the website says.

The Cronuts are flash-frozen as soon as they're prepared and will ship Monday via overnight shipping. Because the pastries are highly perishable, customers must be at the address to receive their packages Tuesday.

You might not have to wait in the infamous line at the bakery (which starts at dawn hours before the shop opens), but you might have to stare at your computer for an inordinate amount of time. And they go fast.

The first release occurred at 6 p.m. Eastern time Friday. The first batch was nabbed by a customer in California. "Congratulations California! you're first state we're shipping a Cronut to," tweeted Dominique Ansel.

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