I grew up in peak Wonder Bread glory — years before moms were talking about added sugar — when we still got peanut butter and jelly on white bread and CapriSuns in our lunch bag. Since then, I've gone through all sorts of sliced sandwich bread phases — including stints buying only locally produced whole-grain breads and high-processed white wheat breads. Two years ago, though, I discover my sliced bread soulmate by a brand called Dave's Killer Bread.
Here's what makes Dave's Killer Bread the best thing since, um, sliced bread.
I first discovered Dave's Killer Bread at a Publix just outside Atlanta, Georgia. We tried many of their breads including Good Seed and 21 Whole Grain & Seeds before trying the White Bread Done Right, which my 6-year-old dubbed "the best bread, ever." The problem became that Dave's is a West Coast company and our Southeast grocery stores seemed to run out of stock quickly. So we moved to the West Coast. Just kidding!
For a time, we simply bought two or three loaves at a time, stocking up wherever and whenever we saw it, and kept our new favorite bread in the freezer.
Dave's Killer Bread has a really inspiring story, which includes the fact that the founder started out as an ex-con and that the company grew from a humble farmers market stand to a top-selling organic brand in less than a decade. I love that the bread is made with simple wholesome ingredients, but more importantly that it has a hearty texture while still being tender and light in flavor. It meets the sweet spot of ingredients we feel good about and a taste my kids love.
Turns out, Kitchn Editors love Dave's too — and so it became part of our Kitchn 100 List. Kelli Foster had this to say about her favorite: "My favorite is the 21 Whole Grains & Seeds; it's the only brand of sliced bread I buy at the grocery store. It has a super-hearty (but still soft-on-the-inside!) texture that I absolutely love, and reminds me of a loaf I'd pick up at a bakery or the farmers market."
Fun fact: Dave's Killer Bread made our top list of grocery essentials in our Kitchn 100 program.
What's your go-to sandwich bread?