Monday, November 20, 2017

QVC's Authentic Gourmet Butter Croissants Review


Croissants from France


Shipped in a Styrofoam Box with Dry Ice


This is a review of croissants offered by QVC from a company called Authentic Gourmet. They are made in France and shipped to your doorstep. I have been buying them for several years. They have had many different types over the years including whole wheat, lemon filled, raspberry filled and chocolate filled. They offer three sizes mini, classic and large. Currently they are only offering the regular and chocolate filled. Here's your choices of the regular croissant:
  1. 20 Large for $39.00, M56345 or A/D M57119, 2.64 lbs., $1.95 each 
  2. 25 Large for $49.00, M51595, 3.3 lbs., $1.96 each 
  3. 30 Classic for $39.84, M55864, 2.76 lbs., $1.38 each 
  4. 40 Large for $59.00, M56367, 5.28 lbs., $1.47 each
  5. 48 Large for $66.00, M54348, 6.3 lbs., $1.37 each
  6. 50 Large for $64.00, M51596, 6.6 lbs., $1.28 each
  7. 60 Large for $79.00, M56369, 7.92 lbs., $1.31 each
  8. 65 Classic for $65.34, M54578, 5.73 lbs., $1.00 each
The pricing and sizes can be confusing, just look at all the choices! Note that shipping is free. I have calculated the number of croissants versus the weight to figure out which ones are the largest to help you out. Also, I calculated the price per croissant. Number three and number eight on the list are the medium sized croissants called classic. The rest are the largest size which are good for making sandwiches. When I first ordered them they were all large enough to make into sandwiches. Then they started sending smaller ones that weren't big enough to make into sandwiches, but not small enough to be mini. The ones I purchased that are shown in the above photo are number one on the list, considered to be the largest size. I do not recommend ordering them when your weather is warm or hot. Stick to the cool and cold months of the year to have them shipped. If you have them shipped during the warm or hot months of the year they will arrive with the dry ice melted and the croissants will be partially defrosted and stuck together in one huge clump. QVC will refund your money, but no one wants to be disappointed and it's such a waste. As soon as they arrive I recommend that you remove them from the bag and place them neatly stacked in a freezer ziplock bag. Then place them in the freezer as quickly as possible. The plastic bag they ship them in isn't very sturdy and too large.

To cook them simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the croissants on a baking sheet with either parchment paper or foil. Rub the side of a stick of butter on the foil and then place the frozen croissant on top. Note above what the top side of the frozen croissant looks like. The bottom side has the end piece of the dough, you'll want to make sure that is resting on the baking sheet to ensure that the croissant puffs up to it's full potential. Once the oven is preheated, place it in the oven and cook for 25-27 minutes. Do not open the door during the cooking process. I use a KitchenAid Countertop Convection Oven that was a QVC TSV and preheat it for three minutes. There's no need to use a regular sized oven unless you are cooking a lot of them at once. You'll want to make only as many as you plan to eat right away since they are best served warm. I recommend adding just a bit of KerryGold Irish Butter and some French preserves from Bonne Maman. They can both be found at Costco. If you are going to make it into a sandwich, you'll want to let it cool a bit before cutting it in half. Be sure to use a bread knife so that the croissant doesn't fall apart when cutting it. If you try to cut it prior to it cooling it will lose it's puffiness and it's more likely to fall apart. Don't think only lunch sandwiches with deli meat, remember egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches are also a delight. 

If you have been as fortunate as myself and have had the joy of eating a croissant in France, you'll know what I mean when I say the French make them taste so much better. You'll also know that their chocolate croissants are much less sweet than the American version and that they use less chocolate. For those of you who have only had American chocolate croissants, don't expect that super sweet candy like flavor. These have more of a hint of chocolate that is light on the sugar. 

I highly recommend you give these delightfully scrumptious croissants a try soon! There is nothing like a freshly baked croissant right out of the oven made by the French! I'm sure you'll be be telling me "merci beaucoup" for the recommendation after giving these a taste. Bon Appétit! 

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8 comments:

  1. thanks for that review
    was wondering if they were any different from what we can buy here
    and the price is good per piece

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    1. You're welcome, Kate! Yes, it's a wonderful value especially since they are from France.

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  2. Thank you so much for reviewing these, I am always dying to try them, but was always hesitant. After seeing your review, I will definitely be giving these a try. Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome, Nicole! Let me know what you think.

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  3. I'm not a fan of croissants. However, that was a very thorough review and I would have been sold if I was in the market.

    But I just had to say I love your china pattern, Spode. I've always liked that pattern and have thought of adding a few serving pieces to my china. I only have one set of china which I use everyday. The original china, made in England, Johnson Brothers Friendly Village which has a similar band. It's now made in China, not England, so adding pieces can be expensive, but I can usually find them at Replacements.

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    1. LOL on the not a fan, would have been sold. Thanks! :) I thought what am I going to write about these croissants and bam it's a long post, LOL. Thanks, it's Queen's Majestic Beauty made in England. Some pieces have turkeys, others deer and one has pheasants. Each piece was only $5 at Tuesday Morning, score! Only the extra large bowls were more. Hadn't been planning to buy any dishes, but this pattern matches our main living area since we decorate in fall colors and the price was unbelievable. Ah, yes that is similar, very pretty. Yeah, TJ Maxx & Home Goods sell a lot of the made in China pieces, have to be careful. I've been using my Wedgwood set for 28 years now, wedding gift from British relatives. So I thought another set would help cut down on the wear and tear on that set, though it still looks almost brand new even using it daily. You could check eBay also.

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  4. I love croissants, but have never ordered them. Thank you for your post.

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  5. ITA w/Wendy's review. I will NEVER buy the "poppin' fresh" ones at the grocery store ever again!

    I've bought the plain ones as well as chocolate and cherry white chocolate.

    I also have to agree w/avoiding ordering during hot weather. They do come packed in dry ice, but once it's gone, the croissants can clump together into one amorphous lump. Once they were delayed a week due to Snowmaggeddon 2.0 and I didn't feel confident using them from a food safety standpoint. I called Customer Service and they were replaced w/no problem.

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