I have started the search for my replacement for Home Pride Bread.
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Hopefully it is just a temporary replacement and Home Pride will be back in production again. I found it really interesting that I had a lot of people find my post Not My Bread!! while searching for information about what happened to Home Pride. Many people must not have associated Home Pride with Hostess and made the connection that it had gone the same way as Twinkies and other bakery goods that were owned by Hostess.
The first candidate for replacing Home Pride as my daily bread was from Safeway.
I bought a loaf of Safeway kitchens Butter Top Wheat Bread. I thought that maybe since Home Pride was a butter top wheat that perhaps they would be similar. I was disappointed as soon as I tried to make a PBJ with the bread. The texture was totally different. The bread was not as soft and was a very even grain. One of the things that I liked about Home Pride was that it had an uneven grain and you often had small air pockets in the bread for ingredients to collect in while spreading them on the surface.
I was dreading using the bread for my morning toast and of course it also was not the same. The toast was harder and did not soften the same way when I buttered it. Also the bread did not stay fresh as long, but maybe it just seemed that way since I was not as eager to eat it and didn’t eat as much :-).
Here is the next candidate.
I picked up this loaf while shopping at Target earlier today. I thought that going with a national brand might be a good choice. I was trying to decide whether to go with Sara Lee or Oroweat and decided on the first. Sara Lee was on sale and was normally the higher priced bread. Oroweat is next on the list if Sara Lee is not a good substitute.
I have not yet opened the package, so don’t know what the grain is like yet. I think I will wait until I make my morning toast. I am hoping for the best.
For those of you who may have clicked on this post hoping to find out the latest news about Home Pride bread, I can tell you that the bankruptcy court has given Hostess the OK to start discussions on selling their brands. I am sure that there are companies that are interested in picking up the well known Hostess brands. Their bread brands include the very popular Wonder Bread, so I am hopeful that someone will buy them as a package and will soon be producing and distributing the different breads again.
I am sure that it will take time for all the negotiations and startup activities even when they do find a buyer, so I will practice my patience and have fun sampling temporary substitutes :-).
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