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Other English muffin brands besides Thomas?

Perhaps more than any other product I can think of, supermarkets have a knack for making sure their Thomas' English muffins are conspicuously displayed, especially when they are on sale. I know this because English muffins are never on my shopping list, but I always seem to walk out with a 6-pack or two. It made me realize that I can't think of any other brands, except for supermarkets that have a store brand. Wonder Bread used to have them but they were pretty awful. Is anyone fond of other brands I can seek out?

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    1. re: Uncle Bob

      Bay's seem to be a little thicker...and possibly better than thomas'

        1. re: alkapal

          I agree too. Bay's have started showing up in NJ (mainly in the Stop N Shop stores) and are miles better than Thomas' (especially since Thomas' is now made by a different company, Bimbo Bakeries. I noticed a change even before I learned there was a new entity making the product)

          1. re: The Professor

            Bay's seem to be a constant offering in the King's markets in Morris County; in the Stop&Shops around here, not so much.

            1. re: The Professor

              Bays' are my favorite, and I was very (pleasantly!) surprised to find them at a Target in NJ recently.

        2. re: Uncle Bob

          The first time I saw Bay's in the dairy counter I thought some shopper had misplaced them. I bought them and liked them and when I looked for them again on the "usual" shelf, along with the Thomas's, I was surprised to learn that they actually do get stocked in the refrigerated section. They are good, though, and I prefer them to Thomas's.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              Re: the Trader Joe's English Muffins - Are they closer to Bay's or to Thomas' EMs? Because I finally tried Bay's English muffins earlier this year and I was very disappointed. They're the only English muffin I've ever tried that came out of the toaster softer than when it went in.

              1. re: mcsheridan

                " They're the only English muffin I've ever tried that came out of the toaster softer than when it went in."

                I think you have to leave them in the toaster a tad longer....or buy a new toaster.

                1. re: grampart

                  It's not the color that's off, but the texture.

                  1. re: mcsheridan

                    I use Bays and toast them dark. They aren't "soft" by any stretch of the imagination.

                2. re: mcsheridan

                  I find that the texture is different.
                  I prefer the Thomas or store brand (shoprite)

                  1. re: cheesecake17

                    I prefer Thomas' as well, even though they're not what they once were. Still, I'm going to try making my own later this year.

                1. re: monavano

                  Wolferman's are like pillows! I guess they're english muffins but they are still soft in the middle after toasting and don't seem to have as many nooks and crannies....

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    Definitely not like fork-split nooks and crannies.

                    1. re: monavano

                      I was given some as a gift and they came with their own splitter. Talk about a unitasker and now I don't know what to do with it.

                      http://www.amazon.com/Wolfermans-Muff...

                      1. re: chowser

                        Make your own English Mufgins and that splitter will come in handy.

                        1. re: chowser

                          You could turn it into 2 Afro combs.

                          1. re: chowser

                            Awwwww man! I didn't get a splitter!

                            1. re: chowser

                              Hahaha! Too funny!
                              I say you order someone else wolferman's as a gift and regift the splitter... ;)

                      2. We've preferred Pepperidge Farm over Thomas's for a number of years, preferring the crispness of a PP vs. the highly dough conditioner filled (excessive mono & diglycerides to maintain extended shelf life / softness) Thomas's.

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                        1. re: Clams047

                          don't know if i've ever seen those!

                        2. Make your own, it's not hard and they are better than any store bought ones. (I make my husband make them...I think we're about due for a batch)
                          When we don't have his homemade, he prefers Bay's, but they only come in white flour flavor here.

                          1. the one with the Union Jack flag on it-not sure of name

                              1. I like Bays English muffins. But I like the cragginess of Thomas' inside surface.

                                1. there is a yummy one that is refrigerated at our grocer they have a sun on them.. and some sort of bible verse.

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                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                    Ezekiel. They are hearty, chewy, grain-y, and fantastic.

                                    1. re: ohmyyum

                                      oooh, i haven't seen those either! sound good.

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        I think they usually come frozen; I get them at whole foods. They are not directly comparable to Thomas' in that they are much denser and aren't as craggy but they make up for that in flavor. http://www.foodforlife.com/product/en...

                                        1. re: ohmyyum

                                          Those are good, and always sold frozen since they are so perishable. But damned, they're more than $8 here in nyc for a package.....!

                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                            Omg $8? I know the cost of living is higher in the city but that seems a bit much. I'm in NC and buy them at whole foods, where they semi-regularly go on sale for $3.50 or 2/$7. In fact, I can't even think of the regular price off the top of my head because I can't remember ever paying it.

                                      2. re: ohmyyum

                                        "Ezekiel"

                                        yes Thank you :) that is it... glad you speak gotw

                                    2. I like Oroweat's english muffins.

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                                      1. re: GCBananaBread

                                        We do too. They're known as Arnold's in the East.

                                        1. re: acgold7

                                          as in the other arnold's breads?

                                      2. The Whole Foods store brand ones are pretty good.

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                                        1. I just made English muffins for the first time ever. (I have excess sourdough starter.) Super easy, you cook them on the stove top, so no heating up the oven and your whole house. The King Arthur website has a good recipe. I halved it because I didn't want 24 muffins, and it came out just fine.

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                                          1. re: joycebre

                                            Does the recipe use the discard (unfed) starter? I know some of their other recipes do (pretzels, pizza, waffles).

                                            1. re: mcsheridan

                                              yes. It says you can use either fed or unfed, with fed giving you a better rise. It uses yeast too. I used unfed starter, mixed the whole thing by hand instead of kneading in a mixer (and did minimal hand kneading) and they still came out great. I think this will be the summer of E.M.

                                              1. re: joycebre

                                                Thanks! Until I get a stand mixer, I'm staying with recipes that can be mixed/kneaded by hand.

                                            2. re: joycebre

                                              cool to know they can be made stove-top!

                                              1. re: joycebre

                                                Thanks for this reminder- I've been meaning to tackle this with my starter.

                                                1. re: joycebre

                                                  Want to start a mail order company??
                                                  ;)

                                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                    I've made them 5 times now. I'm getting pretty good at it. I'll be making them for a brunch I'm catering at the end of the month. :)

                                                2. For the DIY crowd, I have a venerable starter. I toss two cups of flour, a cup of bottled water, a cup of starter, and a tsp of salt in the KA for about six minutes on low; form muffins and lay them on a cookie sheet sprinkled with corn meal to rise; and cook them on an ungreased cast iron griddle on low. The result is decidedly more Wolfermann than Thomas.

                                                    1. I used to get Trader Joe's, and then they dropped their sourdough version! Maybe that's no big woop east of the Rockies, but in California that's like abandoning the muffin market! Yeah, I'll get the whole-grain ones when I want to feel all virtuous, but plain white does nothing for me. So I'll get Thomas if they're on sale, Van de Kamp (I think that's CA-only) otherwise. I've not tried Bay's – I'll look to see if they're marketed here.