In today’s advent calendar envelope, the card said: Croissant Tour — test 4 to 6 bakeries. So that’s what we did. After the kids got home from school we set out.

Our goal was to pick up two croissants from each bakery and then bring them home for a test taste to determine our favorites.

Bakery No. 1 — La Passion du Pain
Croissants cost 80 centimes each

This is what Bakery No. 1’s croissants look like.

Bakery No. 2 — La Desirée
Croissants cost 95 centimes each

This is what Bakery No. 2’s croissants look like.

Bakery No. 3 — Au Pont Fleuri
Croissants cost 90 centimes each 

This is what Bakery No. 3’s croissants look like.

Bakery No. 4 — Les Trois Croix
Croissants cost 90 centimes each

This is what Bakery No. 4’s croissants look like.

Bakery No. 5 — Lecuyer
Croissants cost 95 centimes each 

This is what Bakery No. 5’s croissants look like.

There are at least 3 other bakeries I can think of in our little town — and that’s not counting the in-house bakeries at the supermarkets. Of the three other bakeries, one was closed today, one is a nationwide chain (so we decided to skip it), and one is just a bit too far out of the way. And there are probably others I’ve forgotten about or don’t even know about! I can’t believe how lucky we are to have so many wonderful local bakeries in our little town.

Ready for the taste test results?

Oscar’s favorite croissant was from Bakery No. 5. Oscar says, “It’s so fluffy and it has the perfect taste.” Oscar’s second favorite croissant was from Bakery No. 3.

Betty’s favorite croissant was also from Bakery No. 5. Betty says, “It was satisfying to rip and it was my favorite taste.” Betty’s second favorite was from Bakery No. 4.

Flora’s favorite croissant was from Bakery No. 2. Flora says, “It’s like soft inside but also a little crispy with the perfect texture and taste.” Flora’s second favorite was from Bakery No. 3.

Ben Blair had postive things to say about all five:

Bakery No. 1: More bread-y than buttery flavor. Texture a bit more dense great filled out shape.
Bakery No. 2: Great texture. Duller butter taste. Really nice small caraméliséd bite.
Bakery No. 3: Nice texture. A delicious burned-butter taste.
Bakery No. 4: Full shape, including curve. Best texture but least favorite taste.
Bakery No. 5: Great initial crispy outer texture, with thin layers. Good full buttery taste.

His favorite? Bakery No. 5. And my favorite was also Bakery No. 5 — which means for the Blair Family, Bakery No. 5 is the clear winner!

Have you ever done a test taste of local foods to discover your favorite? Favorite pizza? Favorite coffee or hot cocoa? Favorite strawberry ice cream? Favorite club sandwich? It’s such a lovely way to get to know your town or neighborhood. I’d love to hear about your taste test adventures.