People Are Just Discovering What the Colored Twist Ties on a Loaf of Bread Actually Mean

published Oct 3, 2023
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Overhead view of a loaf of Arnold brand country style white bread still in the original packaging, on a marble surface.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: Tom Hoerup

When you’re grocery shopping for sandwich bread, you probably already inspect the expiration date on its packaging. Annoyingly, the date is often difficult to see, as it’s labeled directly on the plastic. But should you be paying closer attention to the color of the twist tie instead? 

In a recent TikTok, ztheeunicorn, makes a mind-blowing discovery, saying that a woman once told her that the twist ties that come on packages of bread are for more than just securing the bag closed — apparently the colors of twist ties and bread tags are commonly used to indicate when the bread was delivered to the store. In other words, the colors help show how fresh (or not so fresh) the bread is.

While some grocery stores use twist ties and some use tags, they almost always come in a range of different colors. According to the comments for the video, each color corresponds to a day of the week. It’s worth noting, however, that this might not be the case at every grocery store.

When we covered a similar topic about the color of bread tags, it was reported that there is truth to this method, but it is not a completely identical system for all stores and chains. A certain color at one establishment may have a different meaning at another store.

The same goes for twist ties. You may need to ask an employee at your local grocery store to see if they use a similar system.