A croquembouche is composed of profiteroles (choux pastry balls) piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. It may also be decorated with sugared almonds, chocolate, flowers, or ribbons. Sometimes it is covered in macarons or ganache.
On 28 September 2008, season 5 episode 1 of Desperate Housewives aired with one of the main characters Bree van De Kamp having to create the perfect croquembouche with spun sugar netting.
Croquembouche was one of the spoiled desserts that Gloria serves to the WJM news team and program director in "A New Sue Ann", the Season 5 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In a take-off on All About Eve, Sue Ann's show is hijacked by Gloria Munson (Linda Kelsey), who prepares a segment on French pastry. Sue Ann lets Gloria make the mistake of using unrefrigerated cream.
On 20 May 2014, Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember the croquembouche" of MTV's Faking It a croquembouche is shown and discussed several times throughout the episode.
On 1 September 2014, Season 5, Episode 15 of the reality TV competition MasterChef, three out of the final six contestants baked an entire croquembouche in 90 minutes for their Pressure Test. A similar challenge in Masterchef Australia 2014 was accomplished in three-and-a-half hours by three contestants in a pressure test.