Word has gotten out about Trader Joe's chocolate croissants. These breakfast treats come four to a box in the freezer section, cost about four bucks (three if on Fearless Flier sale), and bake easily in any home oven after proofing for nine hours and getting lightly brushed with egg whites. The trick is planning ahead the night before.
I call them "treats" because that's what they should be. If my husband has his druthers, however, they'd be part of our (not) very nutritious daily breakfast. There always seems to be some good excuse, like "It's Monday," or "at least I didn't have ice cream last night."
As the reports online already say, they're flaky, rich and chocolaty -- far exceeding my average expectations. The chocolate is indeed a little too sweet for me, and also feels sort of waxy. Once you bite past the initial outer flakes the whole interior is slightly overly chewy. I wouldn't pick these over Breadbar's goods.
But as my friend Erika wrote in a TJ's croissant-promoting e-blast to her food loving friends, "you don't even have to put on shoes to get them." Amen.