Behold the Cronut Creator’s Latest Dessert: the Waffogato!

04/28/2014 at 05:41 PM ET

Dominique Ansel Waffogato Waffle Dessert
Courtesy Dominique Ansel

When you give the creator of the Cronut a waffle iron, amazing things happen.

Behold the Waffogato, vanilla ice cream infused with slightly salted Belgian waffle bits and molded to look like a waffle, then topped with maple-syrup espresso. It melts into a slurpable sweet — no spoon required!

The dessert mash-up will be available “when it warms up” at Dominique Ansel, according to Ansel’s Instagram. The Manhattan bakery is home to the legendary Cronut, the croissant and donut hybrid that has had droves waiting in line for a taste.

The Waffogato is a cross between a waffle and an affogato, an Italian dessert that features a scoop of vanilla ice cream drowned in hot espresso.

Though we haven’t yet held a cup o’ waffle in our own hands, it already sounds like a conversation piece and the perfect summer dessert. Ansel says on Instagram that as the ice cream waffle melts, tapioca pearls are revealed and float in the melted ice cream espresso sauce.

We’ll take this breakfast, er, dessert in bed, please!

—Amy Jamieson

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