Another San Diego Cronut Contender: Croissant Doughnuts at Whole Foods

Whole Foods Croissant Doughnut

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.

Whole Food Croissant Doughnut display

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.

Croissant Doughnut

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.

Croissant Doughnut cutaway

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
858.436.9800

Related: San Diego’s Cronut Contender: Azucar’s Cray-NutParis Baguette’s Croissant DonutPeterson’s Cronut and K Sandwiches’ Glazed Croissants.

10 thoughts on “Another San Diego Cronut Contender: Croissant Doughnuts at Whole Foods

  1. I didn’t know Whole Foods Del Mar had these things?!! I love love love the Whole Foods in Del mar. Sad that the croissant doughnuts weren’t as great but it’s cool to see the toppings they had on ’em.

  2. Each Whole Foods seems to have it’s own special little offerings. I love cruising around in Whole Foods, too, even though I balk at the prices. I always want to buy all the chocolate and everything in the bakery case. They look pretty, but that’s too bad they weren’t super duper awesome. I like seeing the variation of toppings/icing flavors though.

  3. I haven’t been to a Whole Foods in years. I used to like going to the one in Hillcrest, mainly to look around. If anything, I would buy some chocolate but that was about it. Too bad the fake cronuts weren’t as good as they could have been.

  4. So, I have yet to eat an outstanding croissant doughnut. I’ve only tried the ones at Donut Bar, and they are good, but not great.

    I’m still excited to try new varieties though, so I’ll have to make my way over to Whole Foods 😉

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