Succulent Saturday

Posted: June 8, 2013 in Food, Photos
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A divine marriage, that of a croissant and chocolate; their child, the delicious pain au chocolat.
Easy to enjoy if you live near a great bakery or in France.
However, there’s a more-than-just-good alternative if you have a Trader Joe’s near you.
If so, with a bit of pre-planning, you can make your own pain au chocolat to go with
tea, coffee, hot chocolate or the tipple of your choice.

You’ll find these delights in the freezer section. When you’re ready to make one, remember to take the dough out the night before and put it on a greased pan. I make these in my toaster oven, since I only make one or two of the four at a time.


They look small to begin with but give each one plenty of room. Now go to bed and sleep the sleep of the contented.
When you get up in the morning, here’s what you’ll see.


Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes or so and bake until the top is a lovely brown. 


Cool it on a rack for at least a few minutes before eating because hot chocolate can be very uncomfortable if stuck on the roof of your mouth. Pour the beverage of your choice and head outside with your favorite book.

One of the best parts of all this is that if you don’t look too closely at the package, you won’t realize how much butter
and how many calories are in one of these babies and you can just enjoy it.
And that’s a good thing.


Eat. Read. Sip. Enjoy.


  1. Yummy! Chocolate and croissants, a perfect mix

  2. “A divine marriage, that of a croissant and chocolate . . .” Well, you got me hooked right off with that lead-in!!! As one of the Great Food Groups of Life, dark chocolate makes anything better!! I love Succulent Saturday. Drooling over here!!!

    • Ah, yes, where was dark chocolate when I was growing up? All those years wasted on milk chocolate! I wish you could drop by. I have plenty of tea and three pain au chocolat left. 🙂 Of course, I’d have to know the night before that you were coming as I don’t think they’d be very good frozen!!


  3. Looks wonderful. My mouth’s watering, and I like the warning to give them plenty of room!

  4. Yum!!! I’ll have to see if the Trader Joe’s here has these. I’ve been making quite a few things with my sourdough starter. I finally got it strong enough. Sourdough muffins are sooo good!!!