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Favorite English muffin?

steinpilz Jan 21, 2008 02:07 PM

I wanted to buy english muffins the other day, after not doing so for several decades, and was surprised to find many varieties of Thomases and many brands other than Thomases. I wound up getting a traditional Thomases, but what are your favorite english muffins these days?

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    Mike R. Jan 23, 2008 05:45 PM

    Not English, but close enough in shape and flavor, the buttery regional Central Bakery Portuguese Muffins (aka "The Port")...if you can find 'em, try 'em...in NYC's Balducci's or Citarella and other high-enders, they command an excruciating $5.99 or so for a six-pak...in Fall River, Mass. or closer to the bakery can be $1.99.

    Another option is the sweet (raisin or no) "bolos levedos"...most yellowish color and sold under various brand names in New England, especially Providence and Southeastern Massachusetts.

    1. MeffaBabe Jan 23, 2008 11:21 AM

      I love Thomases Honey Wheat or Oat Bran... I could eat those with sliced tomatoes, red pepper flakes and cheese all day long and never get tired of them....

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        brendastarlet Jan 23, 2008 11:39 AM

        The Wolferman's are fabulous, but half of one is enough.

      2. sirregular Jan 22, 2008 02:01 PM

        Thomas English Muffins, but I'm far from a purist as far as English Muffins go... Sometimes, I'll substitute crumpets for muffins when I'm making Eggs Benedict with Duck or Goose Eggs. At least I make the hollandaise out of the same kind of yolks, though...so we have continuity!

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          steinpilz Jan 22, 2008 02:34 PM

          Where do you get duck and goose eggs? I haven't noticed them in Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or any of the local markets (though I'm sure they must be available somewhere around here).

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            danhole Jan 23, 2008 11:36 AM

            We have a bunch of ducks on the property where our church is, and you have to collect eggs from time to time or we will be over run with the Muscovy ducks, so that's where I get them! But you have to have some pretty heavy duty boots, because snakes like them also.

        2. Sarah Jan 22, 2008 01:56 PM

          I like Orowheat's Health Nut for a change from the regular Thomas'.

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            danhole Jan 23, 2008 11:32 AM

            I know about the Health Nut Bread, but does it come in english muffins, also? Boy, that is great bread, though!

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              Sarah Jan 23, 2008 05:55 PM

              Yes, the eng muffins are even better than the bread which we also love. Be sure to toast thoroughly!

          2. ArikaDawn Jan 22, 2008 10:36 AM

            I lke the Thomas 100% whole wheat.

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              pamiam Jan 22, 2008 11:14 AM

              Bays, definitely. I prefer the regular for everyday, but the sourdough are great for a change. They seem to be more prevalent in the Chicago area than the Boston area, and they're in the refrigerated case rather than on the shelf.

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                ellenost Jan 22, 2008 01:39 PM

                I like the the Thomases Light Whole Wheat (better for my diet).

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                  mamaciita Jan 22, 2008 01:59 PM

                  My most likely breakfast is Thomas's Light Multi-Grain--so much that my 6-year-old daughter brought me one with peanut butter and banana IN BED on a recent Saturday morning. Happy times!

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                    jeanmarieok Jan 23, 2008 11:40 AM

                    Thomas' light english muffins are really good - I like the original and the multi grain. I also like the full calorie cinnamon and raisin a lot.

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                RPMcMurphy Jan 22, 2008 10:27 AM

                the bigger sandwich size thomases...because bigger is better! (and makes a MUCH better eggs benny!)

                1. Will Owen Jan 22, 2008 09:49 AM

                  Original Thomases. Second fave I'd say are Pepperidge Farm sourdough, and Van de Kamp's and Trader Joe's sourdough after that. There is not a huge gap between these, to my taste, so when the VdK ones are on sale (as they often are) I'll happily get those. I did try the Wolferman's a couple of times, but could never get them crunchy around the edges, which I absolutely require, unless I burned them...and then the insides were still kinda gummy.

                  Yeah, muffins have definitely fallen into the too-many-choices category, as have bagels and most other packaged breads. It's nice to have several to choose from, but not when it takes me half a day to decide which of the 35 varieties of rye bread I want for my ham sandwich!

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                    steinpilz Jan 22, 2008 02:32 PM

                    Sourdough sounds interesting.

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