Croissants are a much loved early morning delicacy, whether you pick it up from home on your race to work or take your time with one and a coffee at a café.
Breakfasters love to enjoy the flaky, buttery treat with some butter and jam. According to etiquette expert William Hanson, we’ve all been eating croissants incorrectly, The Mirror reports.
He claims dipping them in a hot drink is not right. In a recent Instagram video to his @williamhansonetiquette page, William, who is etiquette coach director of The English Manner and author of The Buffer’s Guide to Etiquette, stated: “When you’re enjoying a croissant, probably at breakfast, statistically, you don’t dip the croissant into the coffee.”
He also opined that buttering them is wrong. He said: “Similarly, you don’t actually use butter on a croissant. It is already buttered. It’s an all-butter croissant. You don’t need to add extra butter.”
According to the William, if you’re utilising a knife to slice open your pastry, you need to discontinue doing that straight away.
Instead, you should simply break off pieces and then add any condiments, he suggested.
William stressed: “Again, with any bread or bi-product of bread, we’re not going to use a knife to cut it, so you don’t need your knife to cut. Instead you break a little bit of the croissant off and add the jam, marmalade or whatever you want to add, onto that piece of the croissant.”
He also recommends topping the croissant off “on the plate, not in the air”.
The video has received over 22,000 likes, but many were shocked at learning the “proper” way to eat a croissant. One person wrote: “Sure, you don’t NEED to add butter, but it’s bloody delicious when you do.”
Another agreed, saying: “Butter is an essential part of the happiness when consuming these little delights.” A third wrote: “I dip mine in hot chocolate… never going to stop doing that!” However, another added: “Well I’m stunned because I actually do this correctly and I always assumed I was strange.”