December 29, 2009

Bays English Muffins

baysmuffins.jpgYouíve never heard of Bays English Muffins? Iím not surprised, as they are found in the refrigerated dairy section of the grocery store rather than the bread aisle with all the other English muffins. They are very easy to overlook. Iíve always figured that they are sold in the refrigerated section because they are special in some way and different than their competition. I read all about Bays and their English muffins on their web site, but Iím still not exactly sure why they are sold in the refrigerated section. However, I did learn that Bays English Muffins have a long history and were used by McDonalds for the original Egg McMuffin in the early 1970s. Bays should be commended for making English muffins since 1933, and I really wish I could recommend their muffins over their competitors. But, I canít. The truth is that the Bays muffins that I ate recently tasted pretty much like other English muffins Iíve had. They had the ďnooks and crannies,Ē crispy texture, and flavor that you expect from an English muffin. They were very tasty, like English muffins are, but they didnít stand out in any way. I was kind of disappointed, not because they didnít taste good, but because they tasted so ordinary. I didnít have any other English muffins to compare the Bays to, and maybe I should have. Iíll consider having a Phoood Fight between Bays and Thomasí English muffins in the future. But for now, Bays English Muffins are deserving of a Good rating.

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Posted by Jim on December 29, 2009
Comments:

I had stopped purchasing EM because they all had such bitter aftertaste I guess from preservatives. I happened on Bay,s and love them. My only problem is I forget where I purchased them since I shop at several different markets. English Muffins with my home made peach preserves is a real treat. Wondering if your company ever made Crumpets another of my favorites. I have been snowed in for a week and can,t wait to go look for some more Bay,s EM. I shop at Giant, Safeway and Walgreens so it has to be of those. Anyway what a delicious treat on a snowy winter day

Posted by: sylvia jonus at February 11, 2010 9:06 AM

I have enjoyed Bay's English muffins all my life and only recently when my super market was out did I try the Thomas brand. Surprise - much better. Although I have to fork-split them myself, it is well worth the effort. The "nooks and crannies" texture is rougher, and in my opinion more satisfying.

Flavors of the two are comparable although I wish Thomas would also make a sour dough flavor as Bay's does.

Posted by: Bonnie at November 29, 2010 6:49 AM

My Wal Mart has stopped marketing Bay's Eng Muffin. Where else are they sold in the 34491 32159 zip codes ? I don't buy any other brand.

Posted by: Richard C Oster at October 18, 2011 12:11 PM

Since Bays are "English" muffins, my English Mom always bought them. Thomas English Muffins are good, but the biggest difference I've discovered, is that Bays are much more authentic, whereas Thomas' are more bread-like (my favorites WERE the honey wheat). It's like the difference between a REAL bagel and a grocery store or Dunkin' Donuts bagel. The DD is a breadroll (too much air), whereas the REAL one is so dense, it should fall through the floor if you drop it. :-)

Posted by: Lorri at November 28, 2015 8:52 AM

Jim, I can't believe you don't taste the difference that are bays English muffins. Try them toasted with only butter; they taste closer to a crumpet than any other brand. Also they have door dough and whole wheat. After years of buying the original, I now almost exclusively buy the sourdough (all three are delicious though in my opinion)

Posted by: Rob at June 15, 2016 4:06 PM
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