I love bread! I admit it. It could end up being my downfall. Even though I have mostly switched to whole grain bread, I still probably indulge in that particular treat a bit too often.
When I am cooking a special dinner for my family, I always include bread. That oftentimes means Pillsbury Crescent Rolls because they are my grandson’s favorite.
Recently, however, I decided to try a variation on the theme with Pillsbury’s Crescent Rounds. Like the crescent rolls, they come eight to a tube and retail for around $1.99.
One Pillsbury Crescent Round equals a serving. There are 110 calories per serving. Over half of those are fat-related.
There are 6 grams of fat in each Pillsbury Crescent Round. Of that amount, 2 grams comes from saturated fat and 1.5 grams comes from trans fat.
There are also 11 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar, and 220 milligrams of sodium in each crescent round serving.
On the flip side, Pillsbury Crescent Rounds do provide 2 grams of protein. They also offer 4% of the daily-recommended amount of iron.
Ingredients for Pillsbury Crescent Rolls includes baking powder, cottonseed oil, dextrose, niacin, riboflavin, sugar, thiamin, water, wheat flour and wheat gluten. It also includes baking soda, DATEM, ferrous, folic acid, mononitrate, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, potassium chloride, red 40, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sulfate, xanthan gum and yellow 5.
Fixing Pillsbury Crescent Rounds is simple. Begin by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the oven heats, break open the tube holding the crescent rounds and carefully pull them apart. Then place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet about 3″ apart.
Once the oven is hot enough, place the Pillsbury Crescent Rounds inside on the highest shelf in order to prevent the bottoms of the rolls from burning. Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until the rounds are a light golden brown.
The rolls should come out light and fluffy. Here is my summary review:
Taste: 4 stars. I don’t like Pillsbury Crescent Rounds as much as Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. There is something about the round shape that mashes the mixture together in a way that makes the rolls more dense and less tasty.
Appearance: 4 stars: The rolls are small and look a bit odd. They don’t puff up and are not as apparently flaky as Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.
Nutrition: 2 stars. The trans fat content alone should be enough to scare the committed dieter away. However, if that doesn’t do the trick, the high fat and carb content certainly should. This is obviously not the best bread choice out there, despite the protein and iron content.
Ease: 4 stars. The crescent rounds came out so poorly that I can’t help but wonder if I did something wrong. The problem is that I did follow the guidelines as outlined on the package. Therefore, it would lead me to believe that either the instructions are faulty or Pillsbury Crescent Rounds just aren’t as good as their predecessor.
Green rating: 2 stars. The packaging for Pillsbury Crescent Rounds is only partially recyclable.
Packaging: 5 stars. Pillsbury Crescent Rounds are packaged in the same blue tube for which most Pillsbury products are known. The packaging is medium and royal blue with white lettering. The Pillsbury DoughBoy is included on the front along with the Pillsbury logo. A picture of the crescent rounds are also shown on the tube. However, I have to say what I got out of the oven bore only a passing resemblance to the picture.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The tube is relatively small, measuring 7 Â½” in length and 1 Â¾” in diameter. It can easily stand in the refrigerator door or be laid on a shelf.
Availability: 5 stars. Pillsbury products are widely distributed. They are carried by most grocery stores as well as discount department stores with a grocery section. Pillsbuy Crescent Rounds will be found in the dairy section along with butter and eggs.
Price: 4 stars. The cost for these rolls is around $1.99 per tube. While that isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination, it is cheaper than a standard loaf of most specialty breads, which can retail for between $2 and $5. Additionally, Pillsbury often runs specials and offers coupons to discount the full price.
Product purchase probability: 2 stars. I might try these rolls once more to just make sure I didn’t get a bad batch the first time around. However, I think for the most part I will stick to Pillsbury Crescent Rolls instead.
Final rating: 3.7 stars. I have to say this product really underwhelmed me.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor