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Maple Bacon Jam is to Blame for All the Cronut Burger Illness

City health officials say the problem wasn't with the burger itself.

The cronut burger, sold by Epic Burgers and Waffles.

Earlier this morning, Toronto Public Health announced that it had found a more precise culprit in last week’s spate of cronut-burger-related food poisoning at the CNE: as it turns out, it’s not the beef that’s to blame, or even its croissant/doughnut hybrid bun, but maple bacon jam that was drizzled on top of every burger. (It’s the stuff that looks like cat vomit in the photo, above.)

The jam was a kind of slurry of bacon bits, maple syrup, sugar, and water. It wasn’t made in-house by Epic Burgers and Waffles, the food stand that sold the cronut burger, but rather by Le Dolci, a Dundas Street West pastry shop that also made the cronut burger’s bun.

Epic Burgers and Waffles reopened this morning after being closed for nearly a week, though the cronut burger is no longer on the menu. Le Dolci is now closed voluntarily while the City continues its health investigation.

Toronto Public Health’s Lisa Berger told reporters that while laboratory tests have identified the maple bacon jam as a source of Staphylococcus aureus toxin—a bacterial byproduct that causes food poisoning—it’s not yet clear who’s responsible for the mishap.

“There were some temperature control issues both at the supplier and on-site,” she said. (The supplier is Le Dolci and “on site” is Epic Burgers and Waffles.) Berger added that the City has samples of the jam taken directly from Le Dolci that are contaminated, indicating that the bakery may have been part of the problem.

Berger added that while Toronto Public Health has now received 223 reports of gastrointestinal illness from CNE visitors, only 79 of those cases have been confirmed to be related to the cronut burger.

Just as a reminder, the maple bacon jam was the one part of the cronut burger we didn’t like when we reviewed it, back before all this happened. Somehow, we just knew it was trouble.


  • lolnothx

    I didn’t eat that burger because I wouldn’t pay that much to eat anything from Le Dolci – I have no clue how they’re still open, taste a cupcake from them and read all the reviews out there – they’re disgusting. When I heard about the food poisoning there was no doubt in my mind they were to blame. I smell a lawsuit from Dominique Ansel after doing this kind of irreparable damage to his copyrighted “Cronut” name.

    • Peter

      Its trademarked, and not even a registered trademark. Trade marks only apply in the jurisdiction where they are used. So it’s protected in the US, not Canada.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        It’s a meaningless trademark anyway; a bakery in Vancouver makes the same thing, but calls it a “frissant”.


    I’d rather eat a stick of butter then one of those monstrosities.

    • Lee Zamparo

      You’re a year too late for that.

      • BOBRACHA

        Better a year to late then right on time.

        • Lee Zamparo


    • vampchick21

      they do have deep fried butter at the CNE…….

  • wklis

    I momentary stopped eating my toast and jam when I heard about the problem with that Maple Bacon Jam. Good thing I realized that I didn’t have bacon in my jam.

  • HotDang

    This is so sad. Without having tried one, I can confidently say that the cronut is one of the great inventions of the century.

    It surely did not deserve the attempted image assassination it has been subjected to. First, it was sullied by being turned into an “epic meal time” type monstrosity. Then it was sullied again by all the cases food poisoning. It’s nice to see that even the imitation cronut has received some vindication in that regard.

    It’s karmic punishment for these cronut-mountebanks for their hubris.

    • OgtheDim

      You talk like the cronut concept has feelings.

      That’s about as wacky as saying a corporation has the rights of a person.

  • OgtheDim

    Le Dolci put out a notice on the 24th that they were closing for a holiday.