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Alternative namesPain au chocolat, chocolate croissant, couque au chocolat, petit pain
TypeViennoiserie sweet roll
Place of originFrance
Serving temperatureHot or cold
Main ingredientsYeast-leavened dough, chocolate[1]
Pains au chocolat prior to baking

Pain au chocolat (French: [pɛ̃ o ʃɔkɔla] ; lit.'bread with chocolate'), also known as chocolatine (French: [ʃɔkɔlatin] ) in the south-west part of France and in French speaking parts of Canada, or couque au chocolat in Belgium, is a type of Viennoiserie pastry consisting of a cuboid-shaped piece of yeast-leavened laminated dough, similar in texture to a puff pastry, with one or two pieces of dark chocolate in the center. The chocolate usually has a slight bite to the texture.

Pain au chocolat is made of the same layered doughs as a croissant. Often sold still hot or warm from the oven, they are commonly sold alongside croissants in French bakeries and supermarkets.


In France, the name of the pain au chocolat varies by region:

In Belgium, the words couque au chocolat are also used.

They are often sold in packages at supermarkets and convenience stores, or made fresh in pastry shops.

Origins and history

Legend has it that Marie-Antoinette introduced the croissant to France, but croissants and chocolatines are a relatively modern invention.[3] The word croissant, which refers to a pastry shaped like a half-moon or "crescent", made its entry in the French dictionary in 1863.[4] The type of pastry, called viennoiserie in French, was introduced in the early 19th century, when August Zang, an Austrian officer, and Ernest Schwarzer, an Austrian aristocrat, founded a Viennese bakery in Paris located at 92, rue de Richelieu.[citation needed]

Croissants and pains au chocolat were originally made from a brioche base, but this was later replaced by French bakers with a bread puff pastry (pâte feuilletée levée) to become the modern product.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Torres, Jacques. "Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Pain Raisin and Danish". Food Network. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  2. ^ Tuesday's Tasting - Trader Joe's Chocolate Croissants
  3. ^ "History of the Croissant". 16 April 2013. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^ "D'ou viennent les sacrosaints Croissants et Pains au Chocolat?" (in French). Club Doctissimo. Retrieved 16 June 2017.