“ Type: Breads/Cakes „
Mmm, croissants filled with chocolate. Two of the best foods ever, right there together, being best mates. Does it work? Hell yes. They're great for breakfast, warm from the oven with a cup of tea (or coffee, if that's your thing. Personally I don't really like coffee but I imagine they would go well together). They only take a few minutes in the oven as well to go all crispy and for the chocolate inside to melt a bit, making it taste even better. In fact, these aren't even worth eating cold, they tend to be a bit chewy and bland when not warmed through.
As the other review says, the ones we get in England are probably a bit sub-standard in comparison to the French ones, but they're still worth a look. Here's a brief summary of my recent pain au chocolat related experiences, from a number of Well Known Mega-Retailers near you!
ASDA: Can't remember the exact price, but they were the best overall value for money as you got more in a pack for literally some pence. The all important core chocolate component wasn't too sickly either, which can ruin them. Good job ASDA.
Sainsbury's: These are worth getting in the 4 packs, not individually. Not quite as nice as the ASDA ones, they're a bit chewier rather than flaky when baked. They are TOTALLY HORRID when cold. Under NO circumstance eat these cold (unless actually starving and/or without a fan assisted oven) as they are grim.
Somerfield: The open-air bakery shelf ones were all stale. but the ones that were sealed were lovely - especially since they had all been reduced from about 70p to 10p cos it was the end of the day. I bought about 6 and ate them all at once for breakfast the next day. Then I felt sick. This may have been almost completely my fault due to a momentary surge of gluttony, and not a reflection on Somerfield's baked products.
Tesco: Amazingly, Tesco haven't opened a branch near us, so I can't comment.
Belgium: Had some in Belgium a few years ago with some chocolat-ameliore (delicious hot chocolate loaded with rum which will get you totally battered if you have more than 3), which was the pinnacle of my chocolaty-croissant adventures. Indulgent boozy chocolate breakfast on mainland Europe. Marvellous. It was a cafe opposite a bookshop in the covered marketplace with the marble floor in Brussels, if you find it let me know!
So yes, they are great. But I wouldn't recommend you eat them every day if you wish to stay relatively healthy, as they are basically saturated-fat grenades, waiting to destroy your waistline.
Chocolate filled pastry.