A leading British supermarket, Tesco, has declared it will no longer sell curved croissants, only straight croissants. The reason? Tesco's customers have problems spreading butter and jam onto the curved croissants.
Anyone who lives in France will find this very bizarre. For a start, why would you spread butter on something that is already made of about 50% butter? And secondly, you don't actually need to spread jam on it. A good croissant can be eaten on its own, or dipped in some coffee or hot chocolate. If you really need some sugar, you can break pieces off and dip them into the jam.
Interestingly, in France, by law, a straight croissant must be made from all butter, not margarine or any other fat, whereas curved croissants can contain fats other than butter. So straight croissants are actually the posher and more expensive croissants. I wonder if Tesco's customers are aware of that!
Read more about the croissant debate here.
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