One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In French cookery: a pastry, usually rectangular in shape, made with croissant dough and filled with chocolate.
1940s; earliest use found in Asia & Americas. From French pain au chocolat, lit. ‘bread with chocolate’ from pain bread + au with the + chocolat.
pain au chocolat/ˌpan əʊ ˈʃɒkəlɑː/
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