Welcome to Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants review 2.0. It should actually be considered 3.0 as I never got a chance to try the original mini croissants. But since publishing this more than a year ago, some very passionate fans of the old product have come out to share their thoughts. And I'm happy to report this product is back and improved from the ones in a bag.
If you are a fan of Trader Joe's Croissants, then you might have been disappointed by any change in the product and its formulation. For some reason, they've been tinkering with the mini croissants but not the almond or chocolate ones.
However, I felt the need to update this review because when I walked past the croissant section I noticed the bag was gone and there were croissants in different packaging. Usually, when there is updated packaging it means there has been a change.
Now, like the croissants in a bag, these do not require any overnight proofing. But what I can tell you is these are much improved over the ones in a bag. They are flakier and taste a lot less like Pillsbury crescent rolls and more like the much-loved croissants.
These cooked up with all the layers you could hope for. Now, again, I never tried the original Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants that were changed more than a year ago. However, that is what the comments section is for.
Would I buy this new box of Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants again? Yes, I would buy this box again. It seemed pretty solid this time around. But again, I didn't try the originals.
The box of Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants:
Calories and ingredients
Out of the box you get:
Out of the oven, you get:
All comments below refer to an earlier product prior to 11/19/19
The pros: Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants are new and replace the frozen ones you have to proof. Don't worry though, the Chocolate and Almond croissants are still in the frozen aisle.
The cons: If you imagined (like I did) that these would be about the size of say a crescent roll, then you will be surprised by how much they puff up. This bag is not resealable. They are made in Belgium.
I love a good croissant. So much so that a fellow friend and I decided to take a croissant-making class at Sur La Table a day or two before my wedding.
Yup, nothing says I don't need to fit into my clothes anymore, like learning to make buttery pastries.
So let's start off with a couple of things that are worth noting. This is a new product. Trader Joe's previously offered boxed variety with the same name that was just plain croissants. Those required time. Overnight + bake time. While the chocolate and almond croissants are still there, the plain ones have not been there the last few times I stopped into my local TJs.
Now, the chocolate ones are near perfection. The only downside is you can't just pop them in the oven. You have to wait for them to rise.
The almond ones are a close second, but they frequently leak their filling all over the cookie sheet. Also, they would be prettier if they mentioned the importance of an egg wash. In terms of taste, they are on point too.
These croissants are for those of us who fail to plan. I know I'll need to eat, but often I fail to plan. If you have about 25 minutes, then you might be pleasantly surprised by how good these are for something coming out of a bag.
Let's start off with the price. For $3.99 you are getting 8 not so mini but not full-sized pastries. Go into any French bakery and that might get you two if you are lucky.
Because of the ridiculously high heat here in NY, these were pretty much fully defrosted for me by the time I brought them home. So while I did not leave them out for 30 minutes, they did endure a shopping trip, a 25-minute car ride in 90-degree heat, plus putting the groceries away.
About 25-minute later I had golden brown pastries. I pushed it to the 30 minutes to ensure that they weren't quite as light as the ones on the picture on the bag.
You see, when it comes to croissants you want a bit of color. Without the color, it means you might be biting into mush. You want flaky layers. If I had let them stay in the oven a few more minutes I probably could have added to the layering.
But the outside was crisp and the inside light and tender.
For something that wasn't full-sized, it was pretty good. For something that does not require overnight proofing, they are pretty good.
Best of all these are less than half the calories of the chocolate or almond croissants and are a touch easier to make. It's like Trader Joe's understands just how lazy I am.
Don't get me wrong, those chocolate and almond ones are worth the time. But if you are looking for an upgrade to your Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, then you should give these a try.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
How Trader Joe's describes these:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants again. They were easy, peasy and tasted pretty good. Not French Bakery amazing, but darn good out of the bag.
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Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants
Product Name: Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants
Product Description: Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants are the third variation in the last two years of this classic.
Trader Joe's 8 Mini Croissants are now the third variety of mini croissants we've seen and the second variety that requires no proofing
- These are an improvement over the previous ones in a bag
- The directions are on point
- They are light and airy tasting
- I still prefer the almond and chocolate croissants
- Proofing good bread is always worth the time for me