I had never tried Rustica’s bittersweet chocolate cookies either, though I’d seen them for sale at the Golden Fig in St. Paul. On the spot, I decided to also compare the chocolate cookies from both places. Who was going to win this chocolate duel?
Would it be Rustica?
Or Patisserie 46?
The Patisserie 46 eclair was skinny, with a minimalist, structural asthetic set off by the thin, angular strip of dark chocolate on the top. The choux pastry was a bit firmer than Rustica’s, and the chocolate creme patissiere was light, silky and decadent.
Rustica’s eclair was more like the traditional eclair with which most people are familiar – an exterior enrobed with a thick chocolate coating, and rich, velvety vanilla custard on the inside.
The Rustica bittersweet chocolate cookie (pictured on the left) had a deep dark chocolate flavor with a dense, chewy, fudge-y texture. A bit on the salty side, it was not as sweet as the Patisserie 46 cookie.
Lighter in color, Patisserie 46’s chocolate truffle cookie had a chewy exterior and fluffy, cake-like interior with a sweeter cocoa-y flavor and bits of chocolate scattered throughout.
The Chocolate Croissants
Oops, forgot to tell you. On another last minute whim, I decided to also throw each place’s chocolate croissants into the ring. (Of course, I was doing it all for you, dear readers, taking one for the team…”conducting research”. Yep.)
Other than one being larger than the other, these looked and tasted very similar to each other, right down to the strips of chocolate on the inside.
(Don’t ask me which place had the larger croissant, at this point in the tasting, my carb-addled brain was confused and lost track of which was which after I determined they tasted the same.)
How to pick a winner? It’s like trying to pick your favorite child.
I tried these treats with a couple of other people, and we didn’t reach consensus on which was definitively best. Personally I preferred Patisserie 46’s eclair because it was a different take on the typical eclair, and the Rustica eclair seemed un-notable in comparison, even though it was good on its own. My mom preferred the Rustica cookie over the one from Patisserie 46, while I appreciated the fluffiness and lightness of the Patisserie 46 cookie. The croissants seemed interchangeable to me and are probably something I wouldn’t pick again since there are so many other good choices in each bakery’s display case.
In the end, the duel ended up in a draw. I really liked all of these selections, they were just slightly different from one another. You really can’t go wrong.
Have you been to Rustica or Patisserie 46? What are your favorites at each spot?