The Au Bon Pain holiday menu is here. The international cafe bakery and a leader in the fast-casual restaurant category decorated its kitchens with festive ingredients sure to satisfy guests as they celebrate the season.
The distinctive 2014 holiday menu will be served across U.S. cafes from Nov. 3 through Jan. 4, 2015, and features a fresh holiday-infused Pain au Chocolat, Double Chocolate CroisBun, an innovative Black Angus Roast Beef & Goat Cheese on Rosemary Focaccia and a special Lobster & Corn Bisque to provide a taste of something delightfully different for guests amid the bustle of the season.
To amplify this delight, Au Bon Pain cafes will treat guests with old favorites while introducing new treats. The holiday seasonal menu features new specialty beverages like the hot (or iced) Peppermint Latte and Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Cookies galore fill the cafes with mouthwatering aromas—guests have their pick of gingerbread cookies or Chocolate Peppermint Krinkle Cookies. Historically known for its authentic croissants, Au Bon Pain has developed a new and improved Pain au Chocolat item with rich chocolate oozing through flakey layers, fresh-baked and has "chocolified" its exclusive CroisBun™ (an innovative croissant hybrid pastry item available only at Au Bon Pain) by creating a chocolate CroisBun filled with chocolate cream to put a decadent spin on the favorite cafe item.
"The holiday menu will truly tantalize taste buds—Au Bon Pain always strives to be the best in delivering the craveworthy fresh baked goods, and this new Pain au Chocolat is a truly improved recipe sure to enchant guests as they start their day or take a break for a snack," said Maria Feicht, Au Bon Pain's chief brand officer. "For those who crave chocolate, it doesn't stop there; our Double Chocolate CroisBun is a flakey, rich, all-in-one delicious treat that breaks into three to share."
Au Bon Pain rotates its menu seasonally to provide guests with variety and timely tastes year-round. The 2014 holiday menu provides a variety of value offers to appeal to all budgets. Au Bon Pain guests can enjoy two for $3 holiday cookies, the new Pain au Chocolat or Double Chocolate CroisBun with medium coffee for $4, Peppermint Latte or Hot Chocolate for $1.99, and a gift card offer for a $5 coupon with every purchase of $25 or more.
New seasonal items include:
Black Angus Roast Beef & Goat Cheese on Rosemary Focaccia—Savory Black Angus roast beef, creamy goat cheese crumbles, mesclun and fresh tomatoes with horseradish aioli on freshly baked rosemary focaccia
Pain au Chocolat— Our new and improved flakey croissant filled with chocolate and topped with confectioner's sugar and a chocolate drizzle
Double Chocolate CroisBun— Flakey, buttery Chocolate CroisBun filled with a rich chocolate cream for a holiday twist.
Cranberry Orange Scone—Made with tangy cranberries and bright orange zest topped with a sweet orange glaze
Gingerbread Cookie—Traditional, hand-decorated gingerbread with rich molasses flavor
Chocolate Peppermint Krinkle Cookie—Chocolate peppermint cookie topped with confectioner's sugar
Lobster & Corn Bisque—Sweet lobster and roasted corn simmered in a rich and creamy bisque
Salted Caramel Banana Cupcake—A decadent banana cupcake topped with salted caramel, velvety cream cheese icing and decorative milk chocolate curls
Peppermint Latte—Full-bodied espresso, steamed milk, peppermint flavor shot garnished with crushed peppermint candy, and always just $1.99
Peppermint Hot Chocolate—Rich hot chocolate and peppermint syrup garnished with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy