Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants

I’ve been wanting to try the Williams-Sonoma croissants but at $39.95 (for 15), I’m waiting for a special occasion. After hearing this, a friend picked up a box of Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants for me. At $3.99 (for 4), it’s more affordable and she found out that pastry chef Jean-Yves Charon is the man behind BOTH the WS and TJ’s croissants! I’m assuming the WS ones are still better because they wouldn’t get away with charging so much otherwise. Ooh…I sense a blind taste test in the future…
As instructed, I took the croissants out of the box the night before. The next morning, they had grown to triple the size it had been! A quick egg wash and into the oven for 20 minutes…

and VOILA! These were perfectly buttery and flaky and better than pretty much any croissant I’ve had at a bakery (of course it helped that it was fresh out of the oven!) I had one (fine two!) with my green tea for breakfast on Saturday and cannot wait to get to TJ’s to buy more. 

Has anyone tried either the WS or TJ’s or both??



  1. Mmmm… I haven’t tried TJ’s croissants before! I’m thinking I may need to go get some! I love chocolate croissants!

  2. haven’t tried them but i do like the chocolate croissants at Panera!!!! but i love trader joes I will have to try these now!

  3. Those look so yummy!

  4. Those… look… DELICIOUS! Oh my goodness, I love that kind of thing! I may have to go buy some now… :]]

  5. I have never tried them but now I want to! They look delish!

  6. YUM! I love chocolate croissants and hate having to dole out $3ish for them. I’ll definitely look for them at my TJ! Thanks. :)

  7. Oooo, I will need to try those. Their little jelly donuts are also really good.

  8. we LOVE Them!! Super flaky and yummy. Stop by I have an adorable giveaway today perfect for A!

  9. A blind taste test sounds like a fun idea! The plain mini croissants at TJ’s are also really good. I add ham and cheese and re-roll them up to make savory (but fattening) treats.

  10. omg i LOVE croissants! totally trying these!

    and yay, you’re using the fobby mug!! ;D

  11. I didn’t know these existed… and my tummy is now SCREAMING for one! lol

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  12. I haven’t tried either – but I’m a huge fan of Pain au Chocolat’s for breakfast – with freshly squeezed OJ – it’s the most decadent yet simple breakfast :-)

  13. yum yum yum. If you ever want to try to WS one, I’ll buy it with you if you want to split the cost. :) I’m going to go get the TJ ones now! :)

  14. ohh yummm that looks delish i must try these out!

    xoxo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

  15. yummy! this looks delicious. I need to go to Trader Joes – NOW. I love trader joes

    Just Better Together

  16. Yummy!

  17. My mouth is watering just looking at them! I’ll have to go to TJ’s soon.

  18. oh i wish we had a TJ in Texas!! these croissants look so delicious!

    cute and little

  19. Oh I can’t wait to try these!! Yum!

  20. oooh looks delicious! i’ll have to pick up a package of these the next time i swing by trader joes!

  21. I LOOOVE chocolate croissants! I’ve heard Williams-Sonoma croissants were to die for, but I never heard of Trader Joe’s croissants. I will definitely be trying some in the future!! Great post & great blog!

  22. yum! ok, i think i need to buy these this wkd. (also, to answer your Q, i usually wear socks with oxfords, but wasn’t in that picture)

  23. I love the Trader Joes kind. I did not realize WS was carrying some as well.

  24. Whoa. REALLY? I am definitely going to give them a try soon (right now). They look delicious!

    Call Me Ishmael

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