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Croissant Critique: TOUS les JOURS

Welcome to the sixth installment of our Croissant Critique series! This time around, we headed to TOUS les JOURS, located right between Wicker Park and East Village. The trendy spot specializes in French- and Asian-inspired baked goods, with 70 stores in the U.S. and more than 1,650 stores worldwide. According to its website, it offers 300 different kinds of baked goods, including artisan pastries, gourmet cakes/desserts, and handcrafted beverages—but we went straight for the croissants!

We rate each pastry based on six different factors: flakiness, flavor, butteriness, lamination (how shiny they are), presentation (how they look), and whether they’re more traditional or innovative. Sound tasty? Allons-y !

As a side note: We visited the bakery in the afternoon, and the pastries had slightly absorbed the flavors of the sandwiches and savory treats, because they’re kept in the same display case. We adjusted for this flavor issue in our critique, but we recommend visiting TOUS les JOURS in the morning, before these flavors have mixed in the display!

Read on to learn our thoughts on each croissant that we sampled!

Cocoa Hazelnut Croissant

Nous adorons Nutella croissants, so we had to try this one! We were pleasantly surprised to find that this isn’t just a Nutella croissant, though—it has a strong, genuine hazelnut flavor! We also liked that it was flaky, but not so much that it fell apart with every bite; this could be in part because the thick & creamy filling kept the croissant together. It did have a very slightly burnt look and taste, but overall, this was super tasty and we 100% recommend this cocoa hazelnut croissant!

Final Grade

  • Flakiness: 7.5/10
  • Flavor: 8/10
  • Butteriness: 9/10
  • Lamination: 5/10
  • Presentation: 6/10
  • Innovative vs. Traditional: innovative

Classic Croissant

TOUS les JOURS’ classic croissant was fluffy yet filling, and we really liked the crunch on the outside. It wasn’t too sweet or too savory, or too big or too small. We found it to be a nice, simple croissant!

Final Grade

  • Flakiness: 6.5/10
  • Flavor: 8/10
  • Butteriness: 7/10
  • Lamination: 6/10
  • Presentation: 8/10
  • Innovative vs. Traditional: traditional

Almond Croissant

Pristinely sliced, this croissant had a generous amount of almond paste and some sliced almonds on top, packing in a powerful flavor. Like almost every almond croissant we’ve sampled in these critiques, the texture was dense, flaky, and a bit burnt and dry; however, that’s sort of the nature of almond croissants. This is a great option for those who love a strong, nutty flavor!

Final Grade

  • Flakiness: 8/10
  • Flavor: 6/10
  • Butteriness: 6/10
  • Lamination: 5/10
  • Presentation: 6.5/10
  • Innovative vs. Traditional: traditional

Pain aux Raisins

We love a good pain aux raisins! This was very eggy and creamy, with a light raisin flavor that gave us some hints of brandy! The amount of custard seemed pretty light compared to other pain aux raisins, but that’s definitely good news if you’re looking for a less sweet breakfast option. We really liked the consistency of the flavor and butteriness!

Final Grade

  • Flakiness: 7/10
  • Flavor: 7/10
  • Butteriness: 7.5/10
  • Lamination: 7/10
  • Presentation: 7/10
  • Innovative vs. Traditional: traditional

Try these croissants and more—like gourmet cakes, unique beverages, and light bistro fare—at TOUS les JOURS, located at 1726 West Division Street!

Thank you for joining us on our third Croissant Critique! For more French food and culture, take a look at the Alliance Française de Chicago’s wine & gastronomy events. We also offer a wide array of French classes, social events, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for our next Croissant Critique. À bientôt !