The only reason I know January 30 is National Croissant Day in the United States is because my Starbucks mobile app told me!
I couldn’t find the origins of this “national day” to celebrate the flaky, buttery French pastry, but as a fan of all things French, I’m glad someone made it up.
After all, I have them to thank for this blog post idea!
So for fun, here’s a round-up of my favorite croissant-related content, plus 3 of my own posts on the topic.
- I was surprised to learn in this article in the Smithsonian that croissants did not even start out French
- In 2016, food critics claimed the best croissant in the world was made at a Melbourne, Australia bakery
- This is a funny Vine. They call it the “croissant drop” #relatable
- I admit I say “kraw-Sohnt” because to me, saying it the French way (with the nasal “kwa-Soh”) outside of France sounds pretentious. Here’s a short video showing how to pronounce croissant in English
- In southwest France, chocolate croissants are called chocolatines. Imagine my delight in asking for one by name at a Farmers’ Market in Toulouse
- When I returned to California, I noticed chocolate croissants being sold as chocolatines at a local bakery, La Farine
- At another local bakery, La Châtaigne, I enjoyed a tall and flaky croissant
From Safeway, I often get the 15-pack of mini croissants:
I eat them plain or I fill them with Nutella, apricot jam, or chicken salad. These mini croissants may not be made in France, but they satisfy this Francophile just the same.
Enjoy your Croissant day! 🥐