[Updated: January 30, 2022]
Happy Croissant Day! I got this buttery beauty from Crispian Bakery in Alameda, California:
In 2019, I learned that January 30 is National Croissant Day in the United States from the Starbucks mobile app!
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.
Just for fun, here’s a round-up of my favorite croissant-related content, followed by a few pictures of my favorite croissants!
- 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 near Toulouse:
When I returned to California, I noticed chocolate croissants being sold as chocolatines at a local bakery:
Ah, if only I could, I’d have a croissant in Paris every day!
Back to reality… I love the mini croissants from Safeway:
I like to 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.