For a country that has such fabulous bread, delicious, abundant, and relatively inexpensive, how is it that a product like this has such a following? These dried toasts dominate the "petit dejeuner" aisle in the supermarket; I counted no fewer than a dozen varieties on my last visit. Granted the French are not big breakfast eaters. No Denny's Grand Slams for them. A croissant or tartine spread with butter and jam (or Nutella if you are a kid), a glass of orange juice, and a big bowl of coffee au lait is the classic offering.
But dried toasts out of a box? I'm game to try anything once but having done so, I can honestly say I won't do it twice -- give me yesterday's baguette anyday!