I wasn't going to write this review given the time of year. In fact, I'm shocked they picked now to release Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait. I mean we have one Pain Au Lait. Why would we possibly need a second variety right after New Year's?
My unofficial rule is: if it's a baked good from Trader Joe's and says, "Made in France," it's usually good.
To which this is. Very good.
I wasn't totally convinced it was going to be good.
If you've had the privilege of picking up the regular Pain Au Lait or the absolutely wonderful sliced French Brioche, then you know what you are getting into: light, airy bread.
It has the texture of a Martin's Potato Roll in a sense. But it is just a bit more complex in taste. Maybe a Martin's Potato Rolls is a closer analogy given the shape of these.
Now, the chocolate chips here are mini but mighty. They don't add much in terms of texture. There is no snappy crunchy chips here.
Nope. These are the melt in your mouth and almost make you feel like you are having a chocolate confection in the morning. Ok, definitely not one like the Chocolate Croissants. Not much can top that in my book (at least something that came out of my own freezer).
But these are lighter in calories, thus they are technically diet food, right? I mean, maybe just a little ;).
Even then, the chips aren't evenly distributed within the bread. But it doesn't matter. Each bite just tastes good and interesting.
If you are a toast in the morning and tire of the taste, then think about this as a tasty swap for your morning slice. And yes, I totally think this would be awesome heated up. I've polished off two so far. None of them seem to get as far as the toaster oven.
Frequently asked questions
The following are common questions about this product
This bread is terrific with coffee, tea, or a side of fruit.
Yes! They currently sell two varieties of pain au lait or milk bread: regular and chocolate.
For $2.99 for 8 French made rolls, they are worth a try. And yes, this type of bread freezes well if you need help with portion control. Just sayin'.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait again. I prefer this variety over the plain, but both are solid choices.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The bag of Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait:
Out of the package you get:
And a view from the side:
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Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait
Product Name: Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait
Product Description: Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait has the added bonus of mini chocolate chips.
Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Pain Au Lait is the sequel to the popular Pain Au Lait.
- The chocolate chips do add a certain magic to each bite.
- Light airy bread
- Very easy to eat a few of these in a sitting
- Why do they release goodies like this time of year?