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May 22

Almond Joy Crescent Rolls

{Pssst…it’s still Almond Joy Week round these parts. You excited??}

I love to travel. In fact, if we ever won the lottery (which means I would actually have to play) I think I’d get Jordan a tutor and travel all the time. I love seeing new places, revisiting old ones, staying in hotels and eating out in new places (let’s not confuse that with trying new things; we all know I don’t do that).

In fact, the whole eating thing on trips is one of my favorite parts. So much so that I have a “TV Food Maps” app on my phone with which I can search eateries nearby that were featured on my favorite food TV shows, like Cupcake Wars.

And then there is what I call “nostalgic eating” on trips. When you visit a place you once lived and eat to your hearts content. (Like when I go home to my parents’ and overindulge on Village Host and Preston’s.)

This summer we have some free flights and not a lot of money, so we’re going to Arizona. (Hot summers in Arizona = super cheap hotels.) We lived in Chandler (outside Phoenix) for about five years after we got married. Jordan was born there and I haven’t been back in a few years.

As soon as I heard where we were going to go my mind started working (as did my stomach, in anticipation). Most of what I want to do there is eat, no app needed.

We’re going to Dilly’s Deli, for sure. It was the first place we ever ate in Tempe (our realtor took us there on our first trip down to find a house back in 2002) and it boasted grilled sandwiches before paninis were all the rage.

Paradise Bakery. For cookies. EVERY DAY.

Chompie’s. Oh, Chompie’s. There is actually one across the street from our hotel. I’d eat there for every meal if I could. Bagels, diner food. Sandwiches bigger than your head. A New York style deli in the heart of the sweltering dessert. Because there is nothing I’d rather do besides eat five pounds of food when it’s 116 degrees.

The Hangar Cafe at the Chandler Airport. It’s a greasy spoon, and honestly, the food isn’t the best in the world. It’s the atmosphere (and the memories) that count. You park outside the airport and walk across the tarmac to get to the entrance, as airplanes drive by you. It was one of Jordan’s favorite places to go as a toddler.

Oh, and we’re going to see some sights too. The Zoo is the best one I’ve ever been too. And we’re going to hit Sedona. Where they have great ice cream and a really good Mexican restaurant.

Our hotel gives free “breakfast” and by that I mean stale pastry. I can assure you, there won’t be any of these babies in site. Too bad, too.

Although, since we have a kitchenette, I could go to the store and make some.

Since this is the easiest breakfast pastry ever. And, um, it’s candy for breakfast.

I’ll never say no to that!

Do you live in the Scottsdale/Phoenix/Chandler area? Any other haunts I should hit while we’re there? Most of our time will be in Scottsdale, but we will be going down to Chandler to show Jordan her old house and the hospital she was born in (she’s been asking to see it). Oh, and to hit The Hangar. And the Super Target at Germann & Gilbert, where Jordan spend 90% of her infanthood. Of course.

Almond Joy Crescent Rolls


1 tube crescent rolls (8)
4 mini Almond Joy candy bars, cut in half to make 8 pieces
¼ cup milk chocolate chips
¼ cup toasted coconut


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Unroll the crescent rolls. Place one half of each candy bar in the wide part of the crescent triangle. Roll up and place on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining rolls.
Bake according to package directions. Once cool, melt your chocolate chips and drizzle over the crescent rolls. Sprinkle immediately with toasted coconut.

Some more blogland Almond Joy fabulousness:

Almond Joy Popcorn Munch by Inside BruCrew Life.
Almond Joy Oatmeal by Cookin’ Cowgirl.
Joyful Almond Cookies by Yammie’s Noshery.
Almond Joy Bars by The Ranch Wife Chronicles.
Almond Joy Cocktail by That’s What We Said.

36 comments on “Almond Joy Crescent Rolls

  1. Dorothy these look amazing! So simple too, love that!

  2. Holy cow. I want one of these SO bad. I am going insane for coconut–I need my own Almond Joy MONTH.
    Also, I love vacation food! It always tastes better when it’s on vacation, even if it’s something basic like McDonald’s. Yummmm.

  3. I am so jealous!! I went to college in Prescott and used to fly down to Chandler just to go get a bite to eat! I also miss Sedona so much! It is so beautiful there! I haven’t been back since… well… before my daughter was born?
    Anyway… I Need that app and I Need those crescent rolls!
    Have a fabulous vacation!

  4. I love vacation food! My most favorite…going to the grocery stores in different countries!!! Fascinating! I know, I’m a total dork. But my husband I love to do that. So neat to see the way people live everyday life and not just touristy stuff….
    But speaking of returning for yummy food…If I ever make it back to the Dallas area, I’m heading straight for Razoo’s cajun kitchen and ordering stuffed shrimp and rat-toes (crab stuffed jalapenos). Sooooooo good!
    Love the almond joy crescents!!!!

  5. Thanks for presenting candy as a breakfast food. If you can make this work, nothing is off limits :)

  6. oh that sounds like fun, I wish we could do a trip, but we will be hitting the local things, or just hanging out. I need to start playing the lottery too;p I hope it’s an amazing trip!

  7. Candy bars for breakfast? You know I am all over this one!! I’m loving this idea a little too much:-)

  8. So, here is the problem– this is SO EASY. Dangerously easy…….I’ll dig out my elastic waist pants…..

  9. I love Almond joy, I could totally get on board with these.

  10. That looks fabulous! Plus it seems so easy. Candy for breakfast. Love! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  11. Heavenly! You’re now my newest BFF! WE don’t have those candy bars here but it opens up a whole new world of candy bars for breakfast. And I’m going for this with a Bounty (you have that there, right?) inside. *Squeals*

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  12. Oops, I always forget things after I hit the publigh button. Duh!

    I meant to ask you whether the crescent rolls are a sweet pastry or regular? I’m not too sure if they sell those here neither. Therefore wanted to know roughly what type of pastry it is so I can find something similar here. Thanks in advance.

  13. WHat?? These look too good to be true! And too easy! WHo doesn’t love vacation food??

  14. Oh you big tease! Two of my most favorite things in life – crescent rolls and almond joys – combined???? I could eat the whole panful myself. Lovely lovely creation!

  15. candy for breakfast – I’m in for sure

  16. Your almond joy week is killing me! So delicious! Eating is the best part of traveling for me too. I love it!

  17. I am absolutely drooling over these things! They look so fantastic.

  18. Oh man these are good. I love almond joys. We went to Iowa last fall. I grew up there. We were visiting friends but really the whole trip was planned around food stops.

  19. This is the perfect way to use up all that chocolate that we get at holidays. Really great idea!

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  26. As the only coconut lover in my family, I thank you!

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