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Which Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are Worth Buying, and Which to Skip

Which Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are Worth Buying, and Which to Skip

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls can be delicious and tasty, but when you’re looking at the grocery store aisle, it can seem hard to know which ones to choose. This list of some of the most common Pillsbury Crescent Rolls will help you decide which to buy and which to skip, so you can enjoy great flavor without wasting your hard-earned money on sub-par rolls.

My favourite part of Thanksgiving is the crescent rolls. Instead of crescent rolls on the table at Thanksgiving dinners I’ve attended, there were gorgeous, delectable, freshly made rolls. I ate them and they were amazing. I also missed the crescent rolls, though.

Recently, while I browsed the grocery store’s crescent roll aisle and tried to think of a dinner that would warrant buying them (stew, roasted chicken, or the aforementioned problematic turkey), I was pleasantly delighted by the newly discovered variety of crescent rolls on offer. Because there are also Honey Butter crescent rolls, 90 Calorie crescent rolls, Sweet Hawaiian crescent rolls, and Butter Flake crescent rolls, the ones I used to refer to as just “crescent rolls” have now been given the name “Original.”

Why? I complained to nobody. Why add more options to what used to be the simplest part of my Thanksgiving shopping trip? Yes, I could just purchase the Original and continue. But because I’m American, I constantly consider whether there might be a better option out there. In order to determine which alternative would be a better replacement for the Original at the Thanksgiving table, it was obvious that I needed to test them all.

I combed through several of my neighbourhood supermarkets, but I was only able to find the Original, Sweet Hawaiian, and Butter Flake versions. To ensure that I had a complete set for my taste test, Pillsbury graciously sent me the Honey Butter and 90 Calorie varieties.

Although they were quite pale on the top compared to the pictures of crescent rolls on the cans, they were all delightfully toasted on the bottom. However, the 90-calorie versions were the lightest.

Sweet Hawaiian Crescent Rolls
I mentally saw the Sweet Hawaiian Crescents as being quite sweet, perhaps even having a coconut flavour character. The product description provided by Pillsbury is rather brief. These are merely described as having a “sweet Hawaiian flavour” in the text. Would it be tropical like the ‘Ohana at Disney World’s famous coconut pineapple bread? The answer is without a doubt no. The sweetness wasn’t as bracing to me as the sweetness in a King’s Hawaiian roll, either. In fact, I didn’t notice much sweetness at all; I wasn’t able to tell the difference until I compared a mouthful of these to an Original.

Honey Butter Crescent Rolls
I had great expectations for the Honey Butter Crescent Rolls because I adore a wheat bun with honey butter. They were sweet, but in practise they didn’t quite match the sensation of honey butter. Even more so than in the Sweet Hawaiian rolls, I thought the sweetness was plain. Additionally, the dough was incredibly sticky to deal with; I had to wash my hands after rolling them even though they baked up just like the other cookies once they were in the oven. They are obviously sweeter than the Original, but I don’t think they are so sweet that someone would slam a pie in your face if you served them at dinner.

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Butter Flake Crescent Rolls
The Butter Flake Crescent Rolls may have been the experiment’s most unexpected sensory sensation. Even though there is no dairy in the Original’s ingredient list, I still envision this as a buttery dish, so I wasn’t expecting much of a departure from the Original in this case. Even though the Butter Flake rolls’ ingredient list excludes dairy as well (as do the Honey Butter rolls, for what it’s worth), they surprisingly smelled and tasted like movie theatre popcorn.

90 Calorie Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls
Making these Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls alongside all of the other variations let me to observe that the low-calorie version has much thinner dough than the others, something I’m not sure I would have noticed if I had been making them on their own. As a result, the crescents were longer and thinner. And I might have thought they were okay if I had been eating these by themselves. However, when compared to the rest, they tasted significantly less calorie-dense—by calories, I mean flavour and happiness. For what it’s worth, they have 90 calories while the Original has 100. They have 3 grammes of fat as opposed to 4.5 in the Original. In addition, they have 13 grammes of carbohydrates instead of the Original’s 12.

Original Crescent Rolls win
In conclusion, whatsoever Pillsbury crescent rolls you select will be great. I don’t believe any flavour would be a terrible replacement for the Original, especially when served with a rich Thanksgiving spread because the variations between them are so subtle.

Having said that, if you can, I’d stick with the Original. Just what one would expect from a buttery small table roll, it is balanced and consistent. But if the Original is out of stock or if you unintentionally purchase the wrong ones, I’d recommend any of the aforementioned options as a backup plan. It is true that “no crescent rolls at Thanksgiving” is the “worst case scenario.”

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