This is the authentic recipe from Hop’s restaurants. If you remember their honey butter croissants, they were given to all guests prior to the meal as a free appetizer. While the restaurant is long gone from my area, I can enjoy them year-long thanks to their corporate headquarters!
I’ve heard time and time again that the restaurant industry is brutal. Sometimes you make it, and sometimes you don’t. I was saddened when a chain restaurant around us, Hop’s, had closed all of its area locations many years ago.
Hop’s was a restaurant/brewery that I enjoyed going to with friends. They brewed their own beer and had some good entrees as well. But the main reason I loved going was for the honey butter croissants. While many restaurants offer bread as the pre-meal appetizer, Hop’s went one step further and served these steaming hot, sweet bites of heaven prior to the meal service.
Like I said, I was bummed when Hop’s closed its locations around me. I craved those buttery croissants with the honey butter drizzle. I scoured the interwebs for a copycat recipe but to no avail. So I did the next logical thing: I emailed their corporate headquarters. My sentimental note must have worked because they actually wrote me back and shared the recipe!
In time, I will find the courage to make my own croissants, but for now, I am sticking with the grocery store brand. I also made my own honey butter (recipe below), but Hop’s preferred brand is Downey’s Honey Butter sauce. This recipe was taste tested and approved by both my daughter and husband. Enjoy – they are ridiculously addictive!
Honey butter croissants from Hop's restaurants
- 1 batch croissants homemade or store-bought
- Downey's Honey butter sauce sold at Amazon, Wegman's and Shop-Rite; homemade version is below
Homemade honey butter sauce
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 3/4 cup honey
- Prepare croissants according to the manufacturer's instructions, or make your own.
- Mix the powdered sugar, butter and honey together. Drizzle on top of the prepared croissants and enjoy.