Apr 23

Crocodile au chocolat?

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Yesterday I left you guessing what I purchased at an establishment called Chococro. The first time I ever saw a Chococro I thought, what? Chocolate crocodile? Then I went inside to look at the menu and I understood.

Not CROcodile, but CROissant, or more specifically what I know as a pain au chocolat. A pain au chocolat is basically a croissant with dark chocolate running through the middle that gets all melty when it is baked. Mmmmm. A good pain au chocolat is the perfect combination of buttery flaky croissant with rich melted chocolate. However, that perfection can be hard to find. When I lived in Paris I had my favorite places to go for one, but I never could find a serious contender in the US.

Then we moved to Japan for the first time and I discovered Chococro, and it was love at first bite. Yes, it is that good.

There are other flavors as well. I have seen banana, hazelnut, and green tea, but I always stick with the classic dark chocolate original. I just have to say that I’m grateful there isn’t a Chococro establishment closer to me, otherwise I’d be 10 kilos heavier! I just discovered that Chococro is now available in the US, in Canoga Park, California. Now that’s something to add to my sweet list to help balance out the bitter!

— Yes, I am an American, so you may think that my voice may not be the most reliable when it comes to the authenticity of Chococro. However, I recently read a blog post by a French girl living in Hiroshima who backs up my opinion. She says: “[I]ls nous piquent la recette du Pain au Chocolat, mais ils la font mieux que nous!!! Franchement, j’ai très rarement mangé d’aussi bons pains au chocolat en France . . . .” (TRANSLATION: “They stole the recipe for Pain au Chocolat from us, but they make it better than we do!!! Frankly, I have rarely eaten pains au chocolat as good as this in France . . . .”)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Stitchify April 23, 2008 at 9:21 am

How do they say, “MmmMMMMmmmm!” in Japanese?


Phoe April 23, 2008 at 9:39 am

Oooh, pain au chocolat! I drool.


diva April 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

so glad i found this blog of yours! makes me miss japan loads. ;)


Jen April 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Okay, I really haven’t been that excited for our trip until THIS POST! 2 weeks until we come!


Bobbi April 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm



Melissa Hodgen April 24, 2008 at 12:51 am

In the Bahamas I had dark chocolate banana brioche. To DIE for.


Christine April 24, 2008 at 5:26 am

C’est drole! It’s funny… A French girl saying that they do it better than the French… when talking about the “French institution” that the Pain au Chocolat is… quite a statement! And Rachael, for the French lover in you, I believe Quebec people have the best word for the Pain au chocolat. They call it “chocolatine”…


Melanie Gray Augustin April 24, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Oh… we have one near our place but I’ve never tried them. I’m always so disappointed in Japanese bakery items, that I assumed this would be along the same lines. Luckily I gave up chocolate last week, otherwise it could be me getting much heavier after this post…


Misha April 25, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Japanese croissants and chocolate shining above the French?! Dis moi que ce n’est pas vrai (John helped with that one!)! I would love the chance to go to France and then to Japan to decide for myself! Ahhh, maybe someday… :-)


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