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abe1329 Aug 19, 2006 05:31 PM

We got some frozen croissants from Williams Sonoma as a gift. I can't begin to tell you how fantastic they were. I didn't expect it...but they seriously tasted like fresh croissants that I'd enjoyed so much in Paris. They are not cheap but an excellent splurge. So flaky and light.

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    wally Aug 19, 2006 05:33 PM

    I believe that they are made in Marin county.

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      Sixy Aug 19, 2006 05:35 PM

      did they arrive in the mail? frozen?

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        cedichou Aug 29, 2006 09:56 PM

        Frozen, ships overnight.
        http://ww5.williams-sonoma.com/cat/pi...

        Sounds strange. But $40 + taxes + $8.50 shipping for 24, that's more than $2 per, you're better off getting to delanghe or tartine in the morning.

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          Pupster Aug 30, 2006 01:20 PM

          More about the makers of those croissants:
          http://galaxydesserts.gourmetfoodmall...

          Perhaps you would save a few bucks ordering them direct?

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            Melanie Wong Aug 31, 2006 05:55 AM

            The website redirects to Williams-Sonoma for retail orders.
            http://galaxydesserts.gourmetfoodmall...

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            pikawicca Aug 31, 2006 09:10 PM

            Actually, that's $40 for fifteen (24 mini's). With shipping, these things cost more than $3 apiece. Of course, if they're nirvana, that's okay. I imagine a croissant at a good bakery in Paris would set you back a like amount these days.

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          Smokey Aug 22, 2006 05:47 PM

          KA Bakers Catalogue also sells ccroissants by mail. Though quite dear, I've often been tempted...

          1. TexasToast Aug 23, 2006 06:59 PM

            Do they sell these in every state? I didn't thin W-S did frozen food.

            TT

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              Smokey Aug 23, 2006 08:44 PM

              You can only buy them out of the catalogue, not (at least that I've seen) out of the freezer case at your local W-S.

            2. Melanie Wong Aug 30, 2006 02:25 AM

              I had a wonderful croissant at a small cafe. They confessed that they buy them frozen from Gourmet & More. Since I paid about a dollar or so for it, the cost must be less than that.

              Croissant from Gourmet & More
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                Pupster Aug 30, 2006 01:12 PM

                Croissants freeze so well that it is a great product to order if local options are not up to par.

                Here's another source:
                http://www.lepicerie.com/customer/hom...
                Made by Ceci-Cela, which is a small French patisserie here in NYC. One of the best croissants available here (which you can confirm in the many 'best croissant' threads on the Manhattan board). The prices are only very slightly more than in the patisserie -- good deal.

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                  mrsjoujou Aug 31, 2006 05:32 PM

                  I was looking into ordering two dozen from ceci-cela,but since I live in CA they were going to charge me $67 for shipping!

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                    Pupster Aug 31, 2006 11:08 PM

                    Really? That's outrageous! They have a deal online with free ground shipping if you order over $99, which I assumed would apply, but I'm noticing that they require overnight shipping for croissants and I guess that costs a whole lot more. Sorry for a bum rec.

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                      Covert Ops Sep 1, 2006 09:30 PM

                      Distance (because of time of travel, obviously) makes a HUGE difference in frozen food shipping costs, as opposed to something with a flat cost, like a book from Amazon.

                      When I was a college student in Miami I tried to order bagels from NYC, and the shipping was more than the order itself. (I ended up passing, and brought 2 doz. down myself in a duffel bag from Jersey on my next visit.)

                  2. pikawicca Sep 19, 2006 12:51 AM

                    Candy and I had a tasting of the WS croisssants this morning. I won't speak for her, but for me, these were better than any I've ever had in the U.S. Not equal to the best I've had in France, but close. With shipping, these cost out at a little less than $3 apiece. Pricey, but you can pay more for a lesser product. I suggest going in with a couple of friends for a Sunday morning croissant fest and decide for yourself if you want to fork out the money for these pastries. Hubby and I decided that, since they freeze so well, we can keep a box in the freezer for special treats.

                    1. wyf4lyf Sep 23, 2006 05:40 PM

                      I finally ordered the W-S croissants and baked some up this morning. I baked them for 15 minutes and they got deep golden brown. They were excellent, but I probably would like them even better cooked a few more minutes...the bottoms were still a little greasy. My family loved them as they were. We are fortunate to have an authentic French bakery near us that has excellent croissants, so I can't honestly say that the W-S ones are the best I've had in the States, but there is definitely something wonderful about baking them fresh and having them while they are still warm. I do think they are worth the splurge!!!!!

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