Pastry innovators are finding exciting ways to make the croissant stand out, not just in taste but in look as well. By putting a twist on the French pastry, these bakeries and pastry shops are breathing new life into a classic.
In the following slides, see some examples of this innovation throughout the country such as at Supermoon Bakehouse. This New York City bakery was recently featured at the city's Dessert Goals festival, thanks to its gourmet croissants.
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Staying in New York City, we look at Union Fare. This industrial restaurant and gastrohall serves croissants in traditional cake flavors like red velvet and stuffs them with custard.
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Los Angeles-based Mr. Holmes Bakehouse made headlines last year by combining two items that you never would have guessed would be put together. The Cali Croissant, a croissant filled with sushi, consists of a smoked salmon, nori (seaweed), ginger and wasabi sushi roll inside a standard croissant, and it comes with sauce for dipping.
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Lil' B Coffee & Eatery in Washington, D.C. brings the sweet taste of baklava to its products. The Baklava Croissant combines pistachio, honey, and zesty orange with the buttery flakiness of a croissant.
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In January, Starbucks introduced the Everything Croissant. The mashup starts with a classic buttery croissant and adds three different cheeses to it (asiago, fontina, and gruyere). Finally, the croissant is topped with everything bagel seasoning for a flavorful bread option.
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San Antonio's La Panadería knows how to party. The Hispanic bakery's Tequila Almond Croissant adds the taste of tequila to a sweet almond cream for a fantastic flavor.
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This NYC French bakery and cafe features dipped croissants in several white chocolate flavors. One of its most popular items is the white chocolate matcha dipped croissant.
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Last year as part of the celebration for the total solar eclipse, Squarz Bakery & Café in Tempe, Arizona created the Cosmic Croissant. This pastry with colorful bursts of sugar on the inside and caramelized sugar and a thin ribbon of chocolate on the outside quickly became a top seller at the bakery.
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