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Other English muffin brands besides Thomas?

ebchower Jun 6, 2014 04:35 PM

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. Uncle Bob RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 04:48 PM

    Bays ....Refrigerated...Somewhere near the eggs.

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      Ttrockwood RE: Uncle Bob Jun 6, 2014 09:54 PM

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

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        alkapal RE: Ttrockwood Jun 7, 2014 05:14 AM


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          The Professor RE: alkapal Jun 7, 2014 08:41 AM

          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)

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            mcsheridan RE: The Professor Jun 7, 2014 09:08 AM

            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.

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              pamiam RE: The Professor Jun 7, 2014 09:26 AM

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

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          CindyJ RE: Uncle Bob Jun 7, 2014 05:33 AM

          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.

        3. EatFoodGetMoney RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 04:50 PM

          Try a bakery.

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            cheesecake17 RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 04:50 PM

            Bay's and trader joes

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              mcsheridan RE: cheesecake17 Jun 6, 2014 04:58 PM

              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
                grampart RE: mcsheridan Jun 6, 2014 05:02 PM

                " 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.

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                  mcsheridan RE: grampart Jun 6, 2014 06:04 PM

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

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                    grampart RE: mcsheridan Jun 6, 2014 07:56 PM

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

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                  cheesecake17 RE: mcsheridan Jun 11, 2014 11:11 AM

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

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                    mcsheridan RE: cheesecake17 Jun 11, 2014 12:13 PM

                    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.

              2. monavano RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 04:50 PM


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                  Ttrockwood RE: monavano Jun 6, 2014 09:57 PM

                  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....

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                    monavano RE: Ttrockwood Jun 7, 2014 05:45 AM

                    Definitely not like fork-split nooks and crannies.

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                      chowser RE: monavano Jun 7, 2014 06:45 AM

                      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.


                      1. re: chowser
                        mcsheridan RE: chowser Jun 7, 2014 06:59 AM

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

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                          grampart RE: chowser Jun 7, 2014 07:38 AM

                          You could turn it into 2 Afro combs.

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                            monavano RE: chowser Jun 7, 2014 09:20 AM

                            Awwwww man! I didn't get a splitter!

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                              Ttrockwood RE: chowser Jun 10, 2014 05:44 PM

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

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                        Clams047 RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 04:57 PM

                        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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                          alkapal RE: Clams047 Jun 7, 2014 05:15 AM

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

                        2. zeldaz51 RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 05:01 PM

                          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. iL Divo RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 05:33 PM

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

                            1. pikawicca RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 06:08 PM


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                                monavano RE: pikawicca Jun 6, 2014 06:11 PM

                                I vote this most helpful post of the week.

                              2. kitchengardengal RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 08:28 PM

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

                                1. girloftheworld RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 08:37 PM

                                  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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                                    ohmyyum RE: girloftheworld Jun 6, 2014 11:18 PM

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

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                                      alkapal RE: ohmyyum Jun 7, 2014 05:16 AM

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

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                                        ohmyyum RE: alkapal Jun 7, 2014 05:42 AM

                                        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...

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                                          Ttrockwood RE: ohmyyum Jun 10, 2014 05:46 PM

                                          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.....!

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                                            ohmyyum RE: Ttrockwood Jun 10, 2014 07:05 PM

                                            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.

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                                        girloftheworld RE: ohmyyum Jun 10, 2014 06:22 PM


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

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                                      GCBananaBread RE: ebchower Jun 6, 2014 08:52 PM

                                      I like Oroweat's english muffins.

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                                        acgold7 RE: GCBananaBread Jun 7, 2014 10:17 AM

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

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                                          alkapal RE: acgold7 Jun 7, 2014 04:57 PM

                                          as in the other arnold's breads?

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                                        janehathaway RE: ebchower Jun 7, 2014 07:03 AM

                                        The Whole Foods store brand ones are pretty good.

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                                          GCBananaBread RE: janehathaway Jun 7, 2014 07:23 AM

                                          I like Whole Food's brand too.

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                                          joycebre RE: ebchower Jun 7, 2014 07:23 AM

                                          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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                                            mcsheridan RE: joycebre Jun 7, 2014 07:26 AM

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

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                                              joycebre RE: mcsheridan Jun 7, 2014 07:30 AM

                                              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.

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                                                mcsheridan RE: joycebre Jun 7, 2014 09:09 AM

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

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                                              alkapal RE: joycebre Jun 7, 2014 08:19 AM

                                              cool to know they can be made stove-top!

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                                                monavano RE: joycebre Jun 7, 2014 09:20 AM

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

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                                                  Ttrockwood RE: joycebre Jun 10, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                  Want to start a mail order company??

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                                                    joycebre RE: Ttrockwood Jun 10, 2014 06:41 PM

                                                    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. tim irvine RE: ebchower Jun 7, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                    grangie angie RE: ebchower Jun 7, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                    Another vote for Bay's.

                                                    1. Will Owen RE: ebchower Jun 10, 2014 05:24 PM

                                                      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.

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