Perhaps one bakery item even more quintessentially French -- aside from the baguette -- is, mais bien sûr, the croissant. Though easily associated with all things French the world 'round, the croissant itself finds its origins in the form of the Austrian kipferl, a crescent-shaped brioche pastry. According to legend, a baker heard underground rumblings of a possible Turkish invasion of Vienna, after which the tunnels were bombed, with the baker thus commemorating the event with crescent-shaped pastries. Whether there's any truth to the legend remains a mystery -- but the resounding love for what became the croissant prevails.
Since then, anyone and everyone has had their say on what makes a perfect croissant. For us at The French Workshop, it's the buttery, flaky taste. For some, it's a slight crunch; for others, a light soft, texture. Here's a video we love by ParisianVibe, with model Mara Lafontan trying out some of Paris' best croissants.