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Jan 28, 2011 04:39 PM

Waldbaums: Never Fails to Live Down to Its Reputation

Ugh. For years now, I've tried to avoid Waldbaums for anything but boxed/canned goods. A snow day was coming earlier this week, so my wife stopped at a Waldbaums on the way home from work to pick up a special treat of muffins for the kids' snow day breakfast.

They're kids, so they didn't care, but really, Waldbaums calling those "blueberry" muffins is a fraud on the consumer. Each relatively large muffins had 3 to 4 tiny blueberries in it. Picture 3 pea-sized blue chips (I don't know if they were real or not; they certainly couldn't have been fresh berries) in a large sea of yellow cake. You could eat 3/4 of the muffin without hitting a blueberry.

I can't wait for the day this travesty closes its doors. They aren't even trying.

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  1. I can understand your frustration but how could you even suggest that you were expecting fresh blueberries in supermarket muffins? If you're lucky, they will be frozen berries.

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    1. re: MisterBill2

      Years ago there was a Waldbaums on Central Avenue in Yonkers where Staples is now. I loved that store they had the most delicious store made rotisserie duck. Were any other Waldbaums ever nice stores?

      1. re: chowdom

        They may have been back in the day, but now they're just like the rest of A&P: garbage. Pathmark tanked them.

        1. re: RoleModel

          Are you saying that the competition from Pathmark tanked them, or being owned by Pathmark? Because the latter is not correct. A&P bought Pathmark, and like Waldbaums, they have ruined them. Their corporate policy seems to be not improving their own product, but buying the competition and bringing them down to the same level of mediocrity.

          1. re: MisterBill2

            A&P buying Pathmark tanked them both. Pathmark still had major debt, but it was showing signs of rebounding before A&P bought them, and even A&P had a windfall of their own from selling their Canadian operations in 2005 that would have been better off spent on their stores. Now, they ruined Pathmark and Pathmark ruined them.

          2. re: RoleModel

            Has anyone noticed that the shopping carts at many A&P stores look like they've seen active combat ? This has been my experience for many years. I will tolerate a banged up cart and occasionally shop at A&P as long as their loss leaders prove to be worth my while.

            1. re: Cheese Boy

              A lot of A&P-owned stores look like that because they don't know how to put capital back into their stores. Stop & Shop may be cookie cutter garbage, but they put the money into improving their stores.

              1. re: RoleModel

                Plus at Waldbaums, every single week my first stop is always the courtesy desk to get a refund on some overcharge or two (or three! I always check my receipts very carefully with them, it can't be an accident). Last week, I had a small complaint with Stop and Shop, emailed their headquarters just to get it off my chest, and got a friendly, very helpful phone call from the head manager of all the stores a few days later, telling me to use her name if I ever had a problem again. That kind of stuff really makes a difference to me.

                1. re: coll

                  Plus I think Stop & Shop has a policy that if something scans wrong, you get it free (so does Shoprite). I don't think that A&P has that policy.

                  Stop & Shop is good about responding to complaints. A&P does not respond.

          3. re: chowdom

            I remember that store. I used to go w/ my grandmother to "stock the house" before I would stay over. For some reason, I really found it a treat to go there!

            1. re: MRS

              Yup good memories here too it was my grandmother who introduced me to the store.

              1. re: chowdom

                That's really funny! Once, I misbehaved in the store and my grandmother told me she was going call Julia Waldbaum if I didn't cut it out. I believed her since her picture was on so many of the packaged foods!

          4. re: MisterBill2

            I didn't come close to suggesting I expected the berries to be fresh. I said I didn't know if they were real, "they certainly couldn't have been fresh"). Meaning I expected them not to be fresh. In fact, I didn't even complain that they weren't real - just said I couldn't tell.

            For supermarket muffins, I half expect them to be fake, I know they won't be fresh. The ridiculous part is that if they made a 5 gallon tub of batter at a time, they must have put 1/2 cup of fake berries into it.

            1. re: sbp

              I do some shopping at Waldbaums but NEVER buy anything in their bakery. I have never had anything there that is even halfway decent. Next time tell your wife to pick up frozen Sara Lee or the like, you'll have better luck there.

              1. re: coll

                I actually bought something at the A&P bakery last week for the first time in long time since I had gotten a coupon and it sounded interesting. Not a good experience.

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            1. If you're looking for excellent blueberry muffins for the next snow day (which should be any day now), try ShopRite. They have the best blueberry muffins with a crumby top and a shot of cream cheese inside. Delicious.

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              1. re: byramgirl

                Shoprites are different, so what may be in one store may not be in another. The Hauppauge, NY Shoprite makes and bakes donuts and bagels from scratch and they are tremendous.

                  1. re: RoleModel

                    So does the one in West Babylon. Freshly made donuts - if you don't buy them before 9:30 on the weekends, there's almost nothing left.

                    And almost half the price of Dunkin Donuts. ;)

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