Ooh la la, gluten free croissants and pain au chocolat from Genius

Ooh la la, gluten free croissants and pain au chocolat from Genius

I’ll be completely honest with you guys – it’s been a pretty crap month or so and I’ve basically resolved myself to functioning on very little food and plenty of coffee!

So it’s not suprising with all going on – my Grandma and family dog of 10 years both passed away last month – that I haven’t really had much passion for food, and as a result, blogging.

I did, however, manage to try some of the new gluten free croissants and pain au choc from Genius – something I have been ever so excited about since I first saw the news of their arrival on Facebook!

For too long I have craved the buttery, sweet pastry – a sensation I don’t ever remember trying and has lived only in my imagination.

I think the woman in Tesco must have thought I was a crazy lady! Running in and bundling the shelf’s-worth into my basket!

Back at home, there was no hope of waiting for breakfast – I had to try them, and I had to try them NOW.

Pain Au Choc

I was worried that these would be stodgy – not like the dreamy, french pastries I see lining the quaint patisseries of my mind!

But the pastry was crisp, flaky and golden – perfect!

The chocolate is a rich, dark variety – a little bitter if you’re keen on the sweeter, milk variety, but complimenting the sweet pastry.

Overall I was impressed – these were so yummy, and definitely something I would buy again!


I think these were definitely my favourite!

The pastry, like the pain au choc, was deliciously buttery, crispy and flaky.

I had these with my Mum’s home-made gingerand rhubarb jam (which, for the record, is absolutely AMAZING!!) and they were such a yummy treat!

I really can’t reccommend these two products enough – they are glutinous (but not gluten-nous!) sweet, delectable treats and perfect for  anything from a quaint Sunday breakfast to evening-time comfort food.

I love eating my croissants with jam – but how do you eat yours? Next on my list I think is cut in half with ham and cheese…..I’ll let you know how I get on!

Any suggestions on croissant-combinations, please comment below! x



  1. Rachel
    August 2, 2012 / 14:10

    I have only just started a gluten free way of living (only recently diagnosed with moderate gluten and lactose intolerances) and I was over the moon when my husband brought these home two weeks ago as i love pastries. Unlike yourself i was disapointed, i found them to taste artificially sweet and dense, not light and flakey like there full of gluten counter parts. I suppose each to their own, and it could be due to the fact i have only been totally gluten free for a couple of weeks and am still getting used to everything.
    Totally loving your blog though. x

    • Sarah Howells (GF Blogger)
      August 15, 2012 / 20:49

      Yer I can imagine if I had only just given up gluten it may be different! I have been gluten-less for so long I can barely remember what anything tasted like, though I do still get the odd bread craving when I smell it! Hope you get on ok with being gluten free – give me and email if you ever need any advice/have any queries and I’m happy to do my best to help!Thanks for the nice comment 🙂 x

  2. Richard
    May 18, 2013 / 15:26

    I have been trying to buy these products for a while. They no longer appear on the Genius web site and Tesco, Ocado and Waitrose no longer sell them or any similar products. Any suggestions, please?

    • maxine
      October 1, 2017 / 16:28

      genius are no longer making them!!! don’t know why

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