Nov 20, 2018

Review: Trader Joe's - Cinnamon Croissant Loaf

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Croissant Loaf is described on the bag as a "fusion born of two favorites: croissants and cinnamon swirl bread." It comes pre-sliced and is recommended for toast, French toast, or a sandwich.

I bought a bag for $5.99.

Like most bread that comes out of a plastic bag, the croissant bread is soft unless you toast or warm it up. It's also a little chewy if you don't toast it.

Because of the way the crumb (that's bread jargon for the inside part; i.e. not the crust) is exposed, toasting gives you a wonderful array of crispy, flaky layers. I also tried pan-frying it in some butter. It doesn't crispy up as much but turns out super rich with the extra butter and might actually be too buttery for some.

In flavor, the bread veers more toward the croissant end rather than cinnamon swirl bread as it's not all that sweet and is more buttery and savory with a just slightly sweet, cinnamon note. Compared to the cinnamon swirl breads that I've tried, the cinnamon swirl here is very light.

All that being said, Trader Joe's Cinnamon Croissant Loaf is especially enjoyable if you toast it and prefer something not as sweet as part of your morning routine or for a snacking occasion. If you're looking for something closer to a Danish or similar pastry, this is not it. I could see if working really well as French toast as well. As for a sandwich, maybe a PB&J would work well but I'm not sure I'd use it for a ham and Swiss.

Nutritional Info - Trader Joe's Cinnamon Croissant Bread
Serving Size - 1 slice (43g)
Calories - 170 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 210mg
Carbs - 20g (Sugar - 6g)
Protein - 4g

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