Trader Joe’s Almond Croissants

Trader Joe's Almond Croissants
Sandy and I were, let’s just say it. BadSunday. B-a-d bad. Let’s do it in reverse. After our lunch of gyros, stuffed grape leaves, and gyros, we went to a Greek food festival. We shared a plate of baklava, halavadopites, and other goodies. Amazing stuff. This was just after going to church. Somebody brought in white chocolate and cranberry scones. We both felt a little inclined “sample” them and made sure they tasted great. This is still a pretty bad thing, even with all the pastry/baked goods goodness, but when you add what we had for breakfast it’s quite remarkable.

Yes, we had Trader Joe’s Almond Croissants. Sandy and I finally found the croissants in the freezer aisle Saturday after being tipped off by a coworker. Let me tell ya right away: A-m-az-i-ng. Oh my goodness. These were probably the best thing we ate all afternoon, which is saying a lot. I was instantly in love the moment I took my first bite. It had a crispy, buttery outer shell that gave way to soft, flaky, melt in your mouth innards. They were rich, sweet, and almondy. It was almost like eating almond paste in croissant form with toasted almonds added on top for a complementing crunch.

If I had to, I might have a few quirks. The product’s My real name is “Trader Joe’s 4 Almond Croissants,” but it’s too funny for me to admit. These croissants don’t contain four kinds of almonds. Are there four types?You will find only four almonds in each croissant. Even more, these are not an easy treat to make. They need to be proofed overnight (ours was roughly quintupled) and baked for 25 minutes. Because of that, these aren’t doable for our normal rush-out-the-door-to-work kinda morning, but that’s okay. These delicious croissants can be enjoyed with your favorite coffee, unless TJ’s discontinues them. You could make a couple of these and steal the spotlight at any brunch. It would be disingenuous to offer them as your own, but I dare. The nutritional facts are simple: it’s a delicious croissant.

Sandy said in between bites, “There’s really no thing that these could have done any better.” Yes, I agree. I have no complaints. There were no complaints. I only wish that I had remembered how much powdered Sugar I could have sprinkled on top of the cookies before they were served, but that’s for next time. We’ll continue to dream about these pastry Pantheon-worthy delights until then.

Bottom line: Trader Joe’s Almond Croissants: 9.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons