Whole Foods is not my first choice for grocery shopping. It’s not even my last choice but if you’re anything like me, perusing the aisles (even if I don’t buy anything) is one of my favorite pasttimes.
I always make it a point to check out the fresh pastries at Whole Foods Del Mar. I spotted on the bottom shelf a tray of croissant doughnuts. It was toward the end of the evening and only four were left; it didn’t look like a good (or fresh) sampling. I was determined to return and see if they still had them available. And several days later, they did.
They had five varieties: croissant doughnuts topped with plain or chocolate icing and a variety of toppings, all at $1.99 each. There were chocolate glazed with sweetened coconut flakes, white glaze with chocolate shavings and a few topped with peppermint sandwich cookies.
I didn’t want to go hog wild and settled on the plain icing with sandwich cookies and chocolate icing with coconut. Depending on which pastry you chose, they stand nearly two inches tall.
As for taste, I wasn’t too impressed. Whereas I found the glazed croissants at K Sandwiches a bit on the oily side, these were dry. I suspect that someone took croissant dough, punched out a doughnut shape, baked it and topped it with whatever toppings they had on hand. My favorite toppings were the ones topped with crushed cookies.
It doesn’t have much of a departure from other croissants except for the shape and topping. These pastries must be popular, seeing as how so few of them remain at the end of the day.
The croissant doughnuts were found at Whole Foods Del Mar. I’m unaware of other stores making them so it’s best to call ahead.
Whole Foods Del Mar
2600 Via De La Valle #100
San Diego, CA 92014