In the United States, tomorrow (January 30) is National Croissant Day. According to Saveur, “The croissant is the most celebrated member of the family of butter- and sugar-enriched, yeasted pastries known as viennoiseries. They obtain their signature flaky texture through lamination, the process of coating a dough with fat and repeatedly folding and rolling it to create layers.” The pastry is named for its crescent shape, and evokes lunar symbolism.
To celebrate, take advantage of one of the special offers listed below:
- Au Bon Pain is celebrating everyone’s favorite crescent-shaped rolls by giving every customer a complimentary mini chocolate croissant from 2-5 p.m. One per person, per visit.
- Pillsbury offers this printable coupon to save $1 when you buy any three Pillsbury refrigerated baked goods products, including Pillsbury Crescents.
- In Chicago, Cupitol Coffee + Eatery, the all-day lounge located in Streeterville and Evanston, will offer a free mini-croissant with every coffee purchase.
- For a limited time, you can get two Croissanwich sandwiches for $4 at Burger King when you order select varieties at participating restaurants.
Learn more from Smithsonian magazine: Is the Croissant Really French?