Taste test: Multigrain sandwich thins
||1g / 5g
||1g / 5g
||1.5g / 4g
||1g / 4g
||3g / 170 mg
||2g / 230mg
||5g / 160mg
||3g / 180mg
||19g / 6g
||22g / 4g
||21g / 5g
||21g / 4g
Thin sandwich buns are more sturdy for sandwiches than some sliced breads and have fewer calories than their thicker cousins. What's not to like? Our panelists wanted to know. We found four brands of the thin bread that resemble bagels and English muffins in shape, but not in taste.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent
© 2015 Tampa Bay Times
(out of 100)
|Pepperidge Farm 72||Arnold Select|
|Judges raved about the soft texture of the Pepperidge Farm buns. They liked the flecks of oatmeal on the pita-looking pieces and what they described as "substance." The flavor was sweet with a hint of honey. "This will definitely be found in the lunch boxes of my children," said one panelist. Another gave this bread high marks for its bronze and burnished color. "It melts in your mouth," he said.||"These are sweet and tangy at the same time," said one judge. She liked the fiber-filled bun "in a calorie-controlled" serving. Another described the color as "warm and vibrant." Judges said these had the strongest flavor and the puffiest texture. "This has a nice, hearty chew," said one. "It would be really great toasted, with jam and a nice pat of butter."||This sandwich thin was the grainiest of the group. Judges said it had a very "healthy" flavor with textures of wheat and oat. A couple said they would toast the bun to give it more firmness. "It's a little too fluffy," said one.||The tan color and sweet flavor of the Nature's Own brand appealed to judges at first. They liked the size and shape of the buns, but a couple detected a sour aftertaste.|
|All five judges said yes.||Four of the five judges said yes.||One of the five judges said yes.||One of the five judges said yes.|
|Shopping information||$2.50 for a 12-ounce bag of eight from Target.||$2.04 for a 12-ounce bag of eight from Target.||$2.54 for a 12-ounce bag of eight from Target.||$2.49 for a 12-ounce bag of eight from Target.|
Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; John Hehn, owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Julie Overton, consumer and mother of four. All Foods were tasted blind.
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