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January 30th is National Croissant Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then butter your biscuit because it's National Croissant Day!  Munch on some of this buttery, flaky goodness today!  Let's get right into celebrating National Croissant Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

If you've never had a croissant before then you might be asking why people are celebrating this pastry today. But once you bite into your first, soft croissant you'll realize why people love them enough to create a holiday for them!  The croissant seems to have spawned from something called a kipferl that popped up even as far back as the 13th century in Austria. Fast forward to around 1838 to 1839 and swing by the Boulangerie Viennoise in Paris and you might get to witness the kipferl being modified into the croissant we know and love today.

An Austrian named August Zang is to thank for this creation but the French soon caught on and they started making theirs in a crescent shape.  What exactly is a croissant? Well it's a flaky pastry that's made by layering butter on top of dough and then rolling it and folding it into itself before rolling it back into a sheet of dough. Then you cut the dough into long triangles, roll it up, shape the roll into a crescent and let the dough rise before baking it.  Are you ready for some buttery goodness?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you have a few options really... You could head to a local bakery (or even fast food restaurant) and order a croissant. With this option you'll most likely be able to choose a variety of different things to put inside your croissant, if you don't want to eat it plain. Fast food restaurants might not be the healthiest option, but when you're aiming to eat a pastry that has that much butter in it, it's kind of hard to make it "healthy".  Or you could go to the store and buy one of those croissant tubes and make them yourself. You know what I'm talking about; the ones that burst open as you open them up. This is a pretty simple option and you'll end up with a lot more croissants for less money.
 
Plus you can roll up things like fruit filling, cream, chocolate or even mini hot dogs inside the croissant before you bake them. Don't be afraid to get creative, it is a celebration after all ;). I've seen them filled with cocoa or chocolate, vanilla, mini hot dogs, chocolate cream, cherry, strawberry and the list goes on!  They come in a lot of different sizes too.  And then of course you can make your own from scratch! This option will take a bit longer but it'll end up being a more rewarding experience; trust me, you'll be able to taste the difference. You can even get a croissant roller cutter to make things a little easier on yourself.  It doesn't matter what option you choose, just get some croissants in your mouth today!





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