Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Croissants

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Croissants

As Russ so delicately pointed out in his last post: I, Nathan, am an old man. In all my long years of existence, I have never had such delicious croissants. Ever. Not even in France. Although the croissant I bought in Paris came from a shady street vendor, it was extremely cheap. It wasn’t terrible, but it was not good. This good.

Apparently, Russ and Sandy had a similar experience with the Almond Croissants, a delicacy that Sonia and I haven’t had the chance to try yet. If they are anything like the pumpkin deals, they will be on our shopping list.


Where do I begin? Like their almond cousins, these croissants need to thaw for 6-7 hours. I’m pretty sure the next time I buy these things, that the full thaw time won’t occur…because I won’t have the willpower to wait. I will justify a shorter time to thaw these things with logic like “Because there is more heat in oven, thawing should occur much faster if i just stick them into the oven now and leave them in for, perhaps…a half an hour.” And they’ll come out burned on the outside and raw on the inside or something like that, and I’ll be slightly disappointed, as was the case with the Chicken Pot Pie Bites.


These are delicious, barring any similar disaster. It was delicious. It came out golden-brown, full of air, flaky, and very buttery. The pumpkin center was equally delicious. It was similar to hot pumpkin pie filling, although a bit thinner. It isn’t overly pumpkiny. It is balanced out by the bread. They add texture and are some of the best-tasting pumpkin seed I have ever tasted. My dad and I used to roast the pumpkin seeds after we had carved our annual Jack-o’-lantern. We would then sprinkle some salt on them and enjoy them as a family. These pumpkin seeds have a bit of butter and sweetness to them. They worked well with something so sweet. They seem to be the almond slivers that top the almond croissants.

I believe I’m due for a perfect score. These get 5 stars out of 5. Sonia gives them 4.5. Scrump-pumpkin-dilly-icious.

Bottom line: 9.5 of 10 stars.