The pros: Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese Brioche Pastries are new, frozen, and delicious if you appreciate a treat on the sweeter side. These are a solid choice for breakfast or dessert.
The cons: Why do they ever assume you are going to be sharing these? Just be honest with the calories and say how many are in each. For some reason Trader Joe’s decided that each pastry is two servings.
The verdict: There are two kinds of breakfast people: carb people and protein people. I am the first and my husband is without a doubt the second. In the morning, my breakfast for the most part needs to be of the grab and go variety. My husband on the other hand is heavy handed with the protein whether it is bacon, eggs, steak or anything else.
As for me, it is carbs all the way. This is no exception. I can’t tell you how many breakfasts of the past have either consisted of either a chocolate croissant, an almond croissant or a slice of brioche. In fact, I now keep an entire extra loaf in my freeze to make sure I am not without. Now, they’ve taken brioche to a whole new level.
For the most part, I won’t reach for a danish if I see it. I’m usually not a fan of the pastry that comes along with it. That is not the case here. Here you are getting that light, airy, eggy, and buttery bread. As an added bonus, there is a very generous dallop of sweetened cream cheese. More on that in a moment.
I opted to warm mine in the toaster oven. What came out was a delightful pastry with cream cheese that was just warmed enough. It picked up a touch of color, but did not burn. The cream cheese adds a sweetness, but for some might be a bit too sweet. There were a couple bites that reminded me of the frosting that might come with a red velvet cake. But when you do have a deep puddle of cream cheese like that then, you just remove any excess.
I still managed to eat every bite. Part of me was glad there were only two in a package. But I do take issue with pretending that one pastry is really two servings. If you are sitting in front of a good pastry, in your heart you probably don’t want to share. Telling anyone that one of these is really two servings is a bit silly. If these were Costco size, perhaps they could count as two servings. But they are one nice serving each (in my mind).
For $2.99 for two pastries you would have a hard time getting two danishes from a bakery at that price. These are well done and worth a try if you enjoy your carbs. I’ll keep these for the weekend and watch what I eat during the week to enjoy one of these.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese Brioche Pastries:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe’s describes this product:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being warmed you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese Brioche Pastries again.
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