Costco Au Pain Dore Croissants Review

I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be baking fresh croissants at home! While I may never make them from scratch, these Au Pain Dore Croissants from Costco are the next best thing. They’re frozen and ready to bake, so all you have to do is pop them in the oven, wait patiently and then pull out your beautiful warm and flaky croissants! They sound pretty great, right? Is there a catch?

Image of the Costco Au Pain Dore Croissants box sitting on a table.
Costco Au Pain Dore Croissants.

Other pastry items from Costco are the Kirkland Signature Almond Danishes, Kirkland Signature Lemon Cream Cheese Danishes, Kirkland Signature Braided Apple Turnover, Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Danish, Kirkland Signature Pumpkin Pie, Allie & Sara’s Portuguese Custard Tarts and the Karen’s Bakery Danish Puff Pastries.

Closeup side view image of one baked croissant sitting on a white plate.
Golden brown.

Location in Store

These are located in the freezer aisle at Costco near the frozen desserts, the item number is 402498.

Taste

These croissants were delicious! I baked them for about 22 minutes after letting them sit out for about half an hour as the box suggested and they turned out great. They were perfectly flaky and golden brown on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.

Top down image of two baked croissants served on a white plate.
Ready to eat!

They have a delicious buttery flavor. I ate mine fresh out of the oven and thought they tasted awesome without anything on them. I’m not even a big croissant fan normally! Oh, and as an added bonus your house will smell great after you bake them.

Closeup image of a hand holding a croissant with a few bites taken out of it close to the camera so you can see the center.
Light and flaky.

I think to best enjoy them you need to eat them fresh out of the oven. I dropped a few off at my parents and my mom and dad ate them the next morning and found they weren’t very flaky and tasted like they were eating a bun rather than a croissant.

Closeup image of a hand holding a piece of croissant that's been torn off so you can see how flaky the croissant is.
Soft on the inside.

Cost

There are 30 unbaked croissants in the box and the box costs $17.99 Canadian at Costco. Which isn’t bad considering you’ll pay $3 or $4 at a bakery for one croissant.

Top down image showing the unbaked croissants wrapped in a bag and all together in a box.
The croissants come in one large plastic bag in the box.

Convenience

The biggest problem with these croissants was probably my fault. We couldn’t fit the huge box in our freezer when we bought it, so I had to take it to my parents’ house and it sat out too long. When I went to bake my croissants, they were frozen into a solid block and it was almost impossible to get individual croissants off in one piece!

Image of the baking instructions for the croissants from the box.
Baking instructions.

Having them all in one bag isn’t ideal, but they probably would have been fine if we’d put them in the freezer as soon as we got home. They might have been a bit tough to get apart, but probably not a total disaster like mine were.

I will say that the box is about twice as big as it needs to be, which is annoying because they take up a ton of freezer space.

Top down image of two unbaked croissants sitting on a parchment lined baking tray on top of an oven.
Ready to bake!

The croissants need to be kept frozen and have a best-before date that’s about seven months from when I purchased them. These are perfect if you’re hosting a brunch or just want fresh croissants right out of the oven in the comfort of your own home!

Nutrition

Calories

One croissant contains 240 calories, 12 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, one gram of fibre, four grams of sugar, five grams of protein and 290 milligrams of sodium. All of the nutrition facts are typical for a croissant, I mean they’re made with lots of butter!

Image of the nutrition facts from the back of the box.
Nutrition facts.

Ingredients

I’m happy to see these are made with butter and not margarine or some other substitute. I don’t know why they have to use soy flour though, I find so many foods contain soy when it’s not necessary. If you make croissants at home from scratch you avoid ingredients like ascorbic acid, food enzymes and soy flour.

The croissants contain wheat, milk, eggs and soy.

Image of the ingredients list from the box.
Ingredients.

Scoring

Taste: 9/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 8/10

Nutrition: 0/10

Overall

Must buy!

I wish these croissants took up less space in the freezer! That’s the main thing stopping me from buying them again. They’re delicious. If you’re hosting a brunch or coffee/tea gathering, they’d be a great addition.

What did you think of these Costco Au Pain Dore Croissants?


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12 thoughts on “Costco Au Pain Dore Croissants Review”

  1. I have not been able to locate the frozen au pain dore croissants in the freezer sections of the two Costcos I went to in Calgary. Have they been discontinued?

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  2. I have observed that recently the ‘Au Pain Dore’ must have changed something in their croissants manufacturing or quality control. First, they’ve changed the box, which is fine because I can now avoid buying the croissants in the new box and buy only the old boxes (if any). Today was the second box (new look) that I bought from Costco and the croissants inside are visibly smaller than what they used to be (in the old box). Initially I thought that I was just unlucky and got a bad batch. But today I got another box and unfortunately, I noticed the same small sized croissants. To be clear, even after baking the croissants are maybe up to 1/4 smaller than the old ones… What used to be a good product is not so good anymore…

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    • Just divide them in 10 pieces put them ziploc freezer bags and saves you lots of space and just grab one bag at a time if you want to bake at home.

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  3. Divide frozen ones into groups of six , easy to use when needed…reheat left over ones …sit on counter for six minutes before baking…excellent

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  4. I love these. Unfortunately, I find that once I get a box home, my oven is running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get them all “et” up. Not really, but you know what I mean. I take the bag out of the box and cut the cooking instructions off as a reminder. It takes up a lot less space in my tiny apartment fridge’s freezer.

    I think once these are baked, it might be prudent to re-heat in the air fryer’s oven to keep them nice and “fluffy dry”, so to speak.

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