Feb 11, 2014

Review: Starbucks - La Boulange Morning Bun

With the addition of La Boulange bakery items, Starbucks stores carrying the La Boulange line (i.e. each and every store in my area) have replaced their old Morning Bun with a new version. The La Boulange Morning Bun is described as "a flaky, buttery pastry with notes of orange and cinnamon." The previous iteration was described as "a flaky croissant-like bun dusted with cinnamon and sugar."

I picked one up for $2.45.

The new Morning Bun is a little bigger than the previous one and sported a nice crust. So far, so good...

Unfortunately, while the crust was flaky, the crumb was not and  more similar to a cinnamon roll. It was moist but, like a cinnamon roll, not very buttery.

There's a definite orange flavor to it with a light hit of cinnamon and a bit more of sugar. Orange zest is sometimes added to morning buns, but I can't say I prefer it.

Overall, Starbucks La Boulange Morning Bun is more like an Orange Cinnamon Roll than a croissant-like morning bun. It seems to be a bit of compromise product since my local Starbucks stores have also stopped serving Cinnamon Rolls. It's nice enough for a cinnamon roll, but disappointing for a morning bun.

Nutritional Info - Starbucks La Boulange Morning Bun (110g)
Calories - 390 (from Fat - 120)
Fat - 14g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 420mg
Carbs - 59g (Sugar - 26g)
Protein - 8g