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elbopix Jan 2, 2010 07:14 PM

I was driving to Super Super Weenie from NYC. When we cross the border from NY to CT, there is a strong smell of sweet bread. I thought perhaps I was just imagining it. On my way home, I smelled it again. What bakery is near there that can produce such a fragrant aroma that lingers on the Connecticut Turnpike? It was by exit 2 on the turnpike. From a map, it looks to be Port Chester, but I'm not sure. The scent is heavenly!

  1. monku Jan 3, 2010 09:05 PM

    That fragrant aroma emmitted by commercial bakeries is considered pollution.

    Scientists say:
    "the sweet aroma of cooking yeast is full of ethanol, which, when exposed to sunlight, turns into asthma-inducing ozone"


    10 Replies
    1. re: monku
      anonymouse1935 Jan 4, 2010 04:49 AM

      The aromas from Arnold bakery and the late lamented Stella D'Oro are preferable to those emanating from the buildings on the New Jersey Turnpike, and the latter are still there.

      Apparently, Stella D'Oro only closed in the Bronx in October. I wonder where their products are now made?

      1. re: monku
        adamclyde Jan 4, 2010 10:57 AM

        Then bring on the pollutants, I say...

        1. re: adamclyde
          wincountrygirl Jan 4, 2010 11:47 AM

          If the smell of bread in the air is a pollutant, I totally agree!!!

          1. re: wincountrygirl
            mjoyous Jan 4, 2010 01:58 PM

            I live in western New England, so we have a nice long 10 month winter. Over a decade ago, the large local supermarkets that had in-house bakeries came up with this great idea to pump the heat from the baking area into the entry. It warmed the very cold air that was let in, and made you instantly hungry......a state of perfection for market owners. Then they stopped doing that. Anyone know why?

            1. re: mjoyous
              monku Jan 4, 2010 03:07 PM

              Article I linked above about bakeries emmittng fumes which could be considered a pollutant is from a New England state.

              1. re: monku
                mjoyous Jan 5, 2010 02:47 AM

                Thanks, Monku! Should have read your original post.

        2. re: monku
          jfood Jan 4, 2010 04:40 PM

          jfood grew up halfway between the Exxon refinery and Burry Biscuit. The ethanol from the refinery did not smell quite as nice as the chocolate chip cookies smell from BB.

          1. re: jfood
            bagelman01 Jan 4, 2010 05:50 PM

            J-admit it, when you grew up it was the ESSO refinery..........................
            But I could enjoy a Buury scalloped edged fudge filled chocolate sandwich cookie right now. Freezing my a$$ off in Florida where it's currently 34 degrees F.

            Back in Fairfield County on Thursday, wife wants dinner at Marissa's.

            1. re: bagelman01
              jfood Jan 5, 2010 02:59 AM

              Oh man B...yes you are correct, it was Esso, and for field trips the class went to the Burry factory and walk right up to the I Love Lucy people and it was please help yourself to the cookies.

              Stop complaining, jfood in Minneapolis where it is -10, no bagels, no novy, no sallys, no super duper weenie.

          2. re: monku
            elbopix Jan 8, 2010 06:07 AM

            If I'm going to die of ethanol poisoning, I'd like it to smell of sweet breads.

          3. Cheese Boy Jan 3, 2010 08:23 PM

            Indeed it's Arnold's breads. A friend worked there for quite a while. He would take some of the free bread he received and go feed the local ducks. Once in a while he'd save me a loaf if I quacked at him long enough.

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            1. re: Cheese Boy
              elbopix Jan 8, 2010 06:12 AM

              Hmm...it's no longer called Arnolds.


              1. re: elbopix
                Cheese Boy Jan 8, 2010 10:00 PM

                Bimbo Bakeries? What manwhore came up with THAT name? Ridiculous.

                1. re: Cheese Boy
                  coll Jan 9, 2010 12:45 AM

                  You know, I've been seeing Bimbo products in some of the Spanish delis lately, I had thought it was imported and maybe it had a different meaning in Spanish. Can't believe it's a big company located right here.

                  OK I had to look this up

                  1919, "fellow, chap," from It. variant of bambino "baby," first in Italian-accented theater dialogue. Originally especially "stupid, inconsequential man, contemptible person;" by 1920 the sense of "floozie" had developed (popularized by "Variety" staffer Jack Conway, d.1928). Resurrection during 1980s U.S. sex scandals led to derivatives including dim. bimbette (1990) and male form himbo (1988).
                  Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

                  And this company has been around since 1945, just recently buying up everybody, including poor old Entennmanns. Well the name sure catches your eye anyway.

                  1. re: coll
                    Cheese Boy Jan 9, 2010 02:20 PM

                    Entenmann's is now owned by Bimbo. Great.
                    New ownership should look into improving the product line. That is some really bad baking going on there right now in CT, even though the smell says otherwise.

                    1. re: Cheese Boy
                      anonymouse1935 Jan 10, 2010 03:21 AM

                      You think? It would explain why Entenmann's is having all the sales it is now having.

                      I remember reading here that only two of Entenmann's products (pound cakes, I think) were still made with butter, the rest were made with who knows what from who knows where.

                      You really think their products will improve? I don't. I think they'll get even worse. Maybe, hopefully, I will be proved wrong.

                      Oh my, Arnold's AND Thomas's AND Friehoffers have ALL been bought out by this Bimbo Bakery? Wow, it should be interesting to see if quality improves or just the prices go up.

                      Wow. An end to an era and it went without a shout or even a whimper. Thanks for the link, elbopix.

                      1. re: anonymouse1935
                        wincountrygirl Jan 10, 2010 03:32 AM

                        Boy, do I miss the Dugan's cupcake man!! I think you are right about the lack of butter in Entenmanns - my husband is allergic to dairy and can eat the products without cheese.

                        1. re: anonymouse1935
                          Cheese Boy Jan 10, 2010 09:26 PM

                          Entenmann's products are presently the worst they've ever tasted. I refuse to buy their goods as often as I once did because quality (and selection) has slipped so so much. If no improvements are made soon, Entenmann's will likely suffer a horrible and swift end unless of course the Bimbo execs come to their rescue. Do I see this happening especially at a time with a lagging/depressed economy? Of course not. The company will just continue towards its doom while looking for safety nets and hiking prices.

                          1. re: Cheese Boy
                            jfood Jan 11, 2010 09:34 AM

                            Jfood grew up with Entenmann's and loved them. Now they serve a different purpose in his life.

                            He buys a box of the chocolate covered donuts and uses them as the standard for waxing his black car. Once the car looks like the donut, he is done.

                            1. re: jfood
                              Cheese Boy Jan 11, 2010 10:22 PM

                              Jfood, you've got me craving a good "cake" donut. And a detail, I think.

                          2. re: anonymouse1935
                            elbopix Jan 11, 2010 09:03 AM

                            I miss their pound cake. All they sell now is butter loaf. What the hell is a butter loaf?

                            Now I get the frozen Sara Lee for pound cake, which actually isn't bad. Microwave for a few seconds with some whipped cream and fruit compote is a pretty delicious dessert.

                            1. re: elbopix
                              coll Jan 11, 2010 11:27 AM

                              "Butter loaf" is probably the only thing they make that uses butter. They're real proud of it.

                          3. re: Cheese Boy
                            cubanat Jan 11, 2010 12:12 PM

                            Bimbo is a bakery chain/conglomerate from Mexico. It's kind of like their Hostess brand making all sorts of artificial sweet baked products...apparently business is good that they are buying up all ou our big bakery concerns.

                            1. re: cubanat
                              Cheese Boy Jan 11, 2010 10:33 PM

                              Okay. That's all I needed to know. I should contact them right now requesting that they add some Latino flair to their game. Throw some guava filled donuts on the shelves for me under the Entenmann's label. I know they're not Mexican in origin, but it will quiet me down for a bit.

                              1. re: Cheese Boy
                                anonymouse1935 Jan 12, 2010 02:47 AM

                                Smaller product, higher prices, extinct national brands, and guava donuts.

                                Que lastima.

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                    discounteggroll Jan 3, 2010 02:04 AM

                    I second alex's post. Here is what you are smelling:


                    i thought I was going crazy every morning riding my motorcycle to work smelling fresh baked bread (I live in Greenwich and commute every day to Rye but never smelled it unless I was on my bike)

                    8 Replies
                    1. re: discounteggroll
                      anonymouse1935 Jan 3, 2010 02:32 AM

                      Yes, that is Arnold's. There used to be a similarly heavenly aroma driving to the Bronx when Stella Doro fired up the ovens.

                      1. re: anonymouse1935
                        wincountrygirl Jan 3, 2010 03:52 AM

                        Yes, that too!!

                        1. re: anonymouse1935
                          lucyis Jan 3, 2010 11:17 AM

                          Ooh I remember that too. Isn't that where Loehmann's is now?

                          1. re: lucyis
                            wincountrygirl Jan 3, 2010 11:43 AM

                            Exactly right

                            1. re: wincountrygirl
                              anonymouse1935 Jan 3, 2010 12:06 PM

                              Stella D'Oro is gone? How sad.

                              Guess it's been awhile since I've travelled there.

                          2. re: anonymouse1935
                            adamclyde Jan 3, 2010 11:37 AM

                            yup, Alex and anonymouse are right - definitely Arnolds. While it would be nice if the Kneaded Bread could really pump out that much bready aroma, it's the big commercial ovens at Arnold's making it all smell so good.

                            1. re: adamclyde
                              discounteggroll Jan 3, 2010 12:32 PM

                              hey, give the asian some credit =)

                              this sparked me to try and find that clip from 30 rock regarding the maple syrup smell but I think they have pulled it for some reason.

                              on a side note, used the end of my Winter Break as an exploratory venture for some of your (and others') recommendations. Will make a separate post in the Tri-state discussions as it is more appropriate

                              1. re: discounteggroll
                                jfood Jan 3, 2010 06:20 PM

                                hopefully some will be for ffd county. it's been a litle quiet on the boards recently

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                          Alex318 Jan 2, 2010 07:34 PM

                          That is Arnold's bakery in Byram - Use to live close by and would smell it often, its wonderful.

                          What did you get at Super Duper Weenie?

                          4 Replies
                          1. re: Alex318
                            wincountrygirl Jan 3, 2010 03:51 AM

                            You mean Arnold's bakery as in the bread in the supermarket? I remember when the Silvercup bakery was active in Astoria - you would get that wonderful smell driving over the bridge.

                            1. re: wincountrygirl
                              mjoyous Jan 3, 2010 05:36 AM

                              And I remember taking a class trip to Silvercup, and loving the little mini-loafs they sent us home with!

                            2. re: Alex318
                              byramgirl Jan 3, 2010 06:29 PM

                              Yep, that's what I smell when I walk out my door every morning. You should smell it when they're making raisin bread. If you have to have an industrial plant in town, this is the kind to have. Yummy.

                              1. re: Alex318
                                elbopix Jan 8, 2010 06:06 AM

                                I got the New Yorker of course! Their hot relish is amazing! Great french fries too! Totally worth the drive!

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                                Scott_R Jan 2, 2010 07:34 PM

                                I centered Google Maps on Port Chester and searched for "bread"; the best bet seems to be:

                                Kneaded Bread Inc‎
                                181 North Main Street
                                Port Chester, NY 10573-3363
                                (914) 937-9489

                                the directions say it's about 3/4 mile from exit 2.

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