If you’re a fan of everything bagels or you’re a fan of rustic, crusty-on-the-outside but chewy-in-the-center breads, well, you might want to check out the Baked Fresh in Store Everything Bread from Walmart (of course, the obvious downside here is that you will have to endure the Walmart Experience). On the upside, the loaf is large, baked fresh daily, and only one dollar.
A dollar loaf of bakery bread. Not bad.
So, how is the Marketplace Everything Bread? It wins high marks on appearance, we think. Crusted with all the garlic, onion, poppy and sesame seeds that make “everything” bagels the heaven that they so resolutely are; pleasant gold color to the crust; the exterior has that crunchy texture that makes real bread different from the spongy Wonder-Bread variety. When you slice open the loaf (presumably after letting it warm up in an oven because you are not an animal), the interior has some air bubbles, but so few you might begin to think “well, it was only a dollar.” The crust could be thicker, the touch is spongy (frighteningly so, insert here another Wonder Bread reference).
And your impression based on touch and sight of the inside will be so wrong. This bread delivers a much more toothsome and pleasing chewiness than you’d think from poking it (as one does with bread; okay, you are, in fact, an animal). The flavor is very heavy on the garlic and that might be strong for some but we found it balanced and bold and sort-of wonderful.
Upshot: Solid carb delivery system that has a bold flavor and a low price. With the downside that you’re going to have to visit a Walmart with an in-store bakery to get it. Maybe not worth going out of your way for, but if you’re picking up some bleach anyway, well, grab a loaf. It’s totally worth the dollar.